The seven-week virtual program connects learners around the globe

Data is everywhere and analytical skills are in high demand by public and private institutions around the world.

Over seven weeks, gain the skills to gather, clean, analyze, and report on data through a public policy lens. Learn to use a scientific approach to address today's social issues and create a measurable impact on society.


  • Asynchronous lectures: Ideal for working professionals and students around the world, watch lectures and learn at your own pace.
  • Live support: Join live virtual office hours with faculty and teaching assistants and ask questions in discussion boards.
  • Applied learning: Engage in policy research project alongside UChicago faculty.
  • UChicago resources: Experience UChicago with live co-curricular seminars, workshops, and networking opportunities.
  • Enhanced network: Connect with peers and UChicago policy professionals from around the world. 
  • No experience required: Develop your data analytics skills alongside other students and working professionals.

The application for 2023 is closed. Sign up to be notified when the application 2024 opens.


Course Overview

Data Analytics, R Programming, Public Policy, Policy Research


Beginner, Intermediate


7 weeks, approximately 15 hours per week


Session One: June 12 - July 28, 2023
Session Two: July 24 - September 8, 2023




Virtual Online

Austin Wright, Assistant Professor

Faculty Director for the Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program, ensuring the holistic curriculum is designed and taught to meet student needs...

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Foundation of data analytics, coding and policy research with a part-time schedule


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Co-curricular programming design for your professional development and networking

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Meet Our Alumni

Shreeya Misra

“It’s a summer I won’t forget. The quantity and quality of learning kept me engaged, and the other scholars were such a joy to work with.” 

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Irene Franco Rubio

This summer program allowed me to take a deeper dive into data and qualitative analysis, and gave me the opportunity to build and test my skills with coding in R for the very first time. By way of the weekly lectures, multitude of office hours, many incredible speakers, and the culminating capstone project, I was able to learn essential new skills in gathering, cleaning, analyzing, visualizing and distributing data within a public policy context. Thanks to the virtual nature of the program and the tireless work of the program administrators, I was also able to connect and network with faculty, speakers, and peers from all over the world on data-driven issues that we all deeply care about.”​​

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Oscar Becerra

"My experience participating in UChicago's Data and Policy Summer Scholar program has been inspiring and motivating to say the least. My analytical skills have grown so much in such a short period of time, and I have the program's amazing faculty to thank for that. I walk away feeling inspired by my peers and more confident in my ability to tackle the issues I feel passionate about"​​

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María Ballesteros

"The biggest impact was getting to work with so many exceptional people from all around the world. The capstone project allowed us to work closely with both professors and peers in several fields, all of whom have different outlooks on a specific problem... The group’s diverse backgrounds made the program an enriching and mind-opening experience."

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Kay Bao

"Coding is the best thing to do for summer! I've met so many lovely people and had a lot of interesting conversations. A lot of thanks to Austin and TA team for the kind guidance. Stay cool and hope we can meet in the future!​"

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