Program Dates

The Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program is offered twice during the summer. The two sessions are identical. Participants can apply to the session that best fits their schedule.

Session 1: June 22, 2020 - July 17, 2020

Session 2: July 27, 2020 - August 21, 2020

Application Deadlines

  Deadline Notification Confirm Acceptance/Deposit Due
Early Action December 13, 2019 Dec 27, 2019 January 13, 2020
Round 1 February 14, 2020 February 28, 2020 March 6, 2020
Round 2 March 27, 2020 Mid-April Late April



To enroll in the program, you must be at least 18 years old and have finished at least one year full-time study in an undergraduate institution one month prior to the start of the program. This program welcomes undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and working professionals. This program is open for domestic and international applicants from all around the world. There are no prerequisites as this program is available for all academic backgrounds. All applicants are required to complete an online application.

Required Application Materials

Once you create your online application account, please choose the "Non-degree Program" type and then you will be able to choose the "Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program.” Please choose the session you plan to attend.

  • Complete online application
  • Motivation statement in English (word limit: 300)
  • Short essays
    • Required Essay: Describe briefly the biggest challenge you have ever faced so far. How did you tackle it and what is your key learning from it? (word limit: 300)
    • Optional Essay: Where do you see yourself getting involved in the community during your time at Harris--either at the University of Chicago or in the city of Chicago? (word limit: 300)
  • One-page resume in English
  • Academic transcripts
    • Transcripts detail the courses, dates, grades and grading scales for each year of postsecondary (college or university) education as well as degrees awarded.
    • Unofficial transcripts are accepted. You may upload a PDF copy. 
    • An official English translation must be submitted for all foreign language transcripts. Official translations must be submitted by the university or an official translator organization or notary. Student provided translations are not considered official.

Program Fee and Enrollment Deposit

The program fee for 2020 is $9,500. This includes tuition, course materials, on-campus accommodations, partial meal plan, university required health insurance, student life fees, and extracurricular fees. Travel and transportation costs are not included.

Partial scholarships are available for top applicants based on the quality of their application. As you proceed in the application, you will find the place to indicate you would like your application to be considered for partial, merit-based scholarships. There are no additional steps, prerequisites or documents to submit in order to be considered for Harris merit-based scholarships. We are unable to provide fully funded scholarships, and scholarships are not guaranteed for all applicants. Therefore, we encourage you to explore external funding resources. 

After being admitted and accepting the electronic offer letter from the admissions team, you are required to submit a $1000 enrollment deposit to confirm your attendance. The deposit will apply to your total program cost and reflected in the bill later. Students who fail to submit the deposit in time will be viewed as voluntarily giving up the seat to attend the program.

Participants will receive an UChicago Transcript as well as a Certificate of Completion of the program.

A building