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 One:  June 21 - August 6, 2021
  • Session Two:  August 2 – September 17, 2021

See the Program Schedule page for an example of the weekly schedule.

Application Deadlines

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. 

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)
  • 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 English translation must be submitted for all foreign language transcripts. 

Read our Application Tips blog post

Program Fee and Enrollment Deposit

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.

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