Application Process

DDDI invites all post-doctoral fellows in the School of Arts & Sciences who are developing or using data science methods to apply to be a Data Science Fellow. If data science is a significant part of your research and you are interested in cross-disciplinary interactions, apply to become a Fellow. You will join an exciting group of postdocs spanning the social and natural sciences, will have weekly interactions with faculty and visitors, and will receive funding through one of two ways:

  1. Via DDDI support (up to 50 percent salary support) for 1 year, subject for renewal. These could be postdocs already be at Penn or new hires. Faculty must recommend these postdocs to DDDI. More information for faculty can be found on our faculty instructions page.
  2. OR via a research fund (up to $5000 total) for one year to support your research (travel, equipment, visitors, etc.). These could be postdocs already at Penn or new hires. Stipend is subject for renewal.

Those who apply to the salary support program but are no longer considered will still be eligible to be considered for the research stipend.

    Postdoc fellows regardless of funding source will be expected to:

    • regularly attend and contribute to our weekly postdoc meetings
    • participate in DDDI events and activities when possible
    • contribute a tutorial or research presentation to DDDI (once per semester)


    Application Instructions

    For those interested in applying to the stipend award, please submit the following 4 items along with your completed application form by following this link to the postdoc fellows submission page:

    • Describe how you use data science methods in your research. Maximum 1 page single-spaced. A reference list after the research statement can be included and will not count toward the 1 page limit.
    • Include links to 1-3 papers (published or working papers) that show your use of data science in your research
    • An updated CV
    • A statement from your postdoc advisor endorsing your participation in the DDDI fellows program (a one sentence acknowledgement is sufficient)

    For those interested in applying to the partial salary support program:

    • Consult your prospective postdoc advisor to express interest and inform them about the salary support program
    • Faculty advisors must confirm in writing to us that you have been shortlisted as a postdoc (or already hired as a postdoc with them) and exemplify high data science related work. Faculty should consult the faculty instruction page for our selection criteria and eligibility requirements.
    • After recieving shortlisted confirmation from the faculty advisor, candidates submit all the above materials for the stipend award INCLUDING 3 recommendation letters directly to us or to the faculty advisor to forward to us.
    • Materials can be sent to or to our leadership board for consideration

    Granting process

    • The first round of postdoc fellows will be selected by a DDDI committee from the applications submitted by January 31, 2023
    • Selections will be made in February, with funds available for use starting late summer

    General application questions may be sent to

    View our current postdocs on the Data Science Postdoc Fellows page.

    We invite all postdocs to join the DDDI activities and events. Everyone can join our mailing list to stay up to date on new events.