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What is the Computational Social Science Fellowship?

The Computational Social Science Fellowship is designed to provide students with extra funds to conduct innovative research that applies computational techniques to social science research.

How much can you apply for?

Funding is provided at 3 tiers. You must indicate which funding level you are applying for in your application. If you apply at the $10,000 level, you will not be considered for the $5000 level and vice versa, therefore, please apply for the level of funding that best fits your research needs. The following will be awarded:

  • 1 award of $10,000 
  • 1 award of $5,000  
  • 3 awards of $2000 - These funds are to be used only for data acquisition. That includes purchasing data sets and paying for participants (including MTurk). Please contact if you have questions.

What can you use the money for?

At the $5000 and $10,000 levels, funds can pay for software, computing, transcribing, translating, surveys, data acquisition, and other research costs.  

At the $2000 level, funds are to be used only for data acquisition. That includes purchasing data sets and paying for participants (including MTurk).

Funds (at any level) cannot pay for travel, conferences, or hardware.  

To find out if your budget items are allowed, contact

Who can apply?

Stanford graduate students from the six social science departments (Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Communication, & Psychology), Management Science & Engineering, and the Graduate School of Education.

Application requirements

All application materials and faculty letters of support should be submitted by email to Faculty letters of support should be emailed directly by the faculty member.

Applications should be 1-2 pages in length explaining an interdisciplinary research project that applies computational methods to social science research. In addition to the proposal, please:

  • Identify 2 advisors from different departments that will advise your project and provide a brief letter of support from one of them (half a page is preferred). The other advisor may be asked to help review proposals in June. They would be reviewing 2-4 proposals but would not be reviewing yours. Please let them know they may be contacted prior to submitting your proposal and cc them when you email your proposal to
  • Include a budget listing specific items or services that will be purchased with approximate prices, links to any relevant websites or references, and a brief justification of how the item will be used in your project if it is not clear from your project description

Application materials must be submitted as a single pdf, with your name at the top of each page.

Preference will be given to proposals likely to result in journal papers or conference proceedings and students that plan to seek external funding in the future. 


May 15, 2019

If you are awarded funding

Recipients of funding must present their research in an IRiSS-sponsored poster session (date TBA). Additionally, they must report on research activity at the end of the academic year, as well as indicate progress toward publications and/or obtaining external support for the project.

Previous Projects

More information on past projects can be found at the CSS Fellows page