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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.
See the Program Schedule page for an example of the weekly schedule.
Applications for the 2020 program are closed. The application for the summer of 2021 will open in late fall 2020. Make sure you have signed up to be notified when the application opens.
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.
Students are expected to have a stable internet connection and computer access to complete the virtual program.
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.
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The program fee for the 2021 program is $4,500.
Modest, partial scholarships will be offered to top applicants based on qualifications presented in application materials. 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.
Modest, partial scholarships are limited. 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. Past students have been able to receive support from their current academic institution or employer. Other students found external scholarships based on their academic study, career goal, citizenship or other affiliations. You may consider pursuing those options as well.
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. Students who fail to submit the deposit in time will be viewed as voluntarily giving up the seat to attend the program. The remaining balance is due shortly before the session begins.
Participants will receive two documents upon completion: UChicago Transcript with pass/fail marks and Certificate of Completion with letter grades issued by Harris Public Policy.