The application will start in January, 2018 and decisions will be issued on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is April 30th, 2018. Partial scholarships will be provided on a merit basis.

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". 

The program is a non-degree, non-credit bearing program which does not support credit-transfer to your home institution. Participants will receive the official UChicago Transcript with course names and Pass/Fail grades as well as a Certificate of Completion of the program.

Application Materials

  1. Motivation statement in English (word limit: 300)
  2. 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)
  3. One-page résumé in English
  4. Undergraduate and/or graduate transcript
  5. TOEFL, IELTS score report, or AEPA
    Applicants who cannot provide the TOEFL or IELTS score report need to take an Academic English Proficiency Assessment via a conversation with a UChicago Language Center Staff.


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 by July 15, 2018. All applicants are required to complete an online application. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions electronically on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.



Program Fee and Enrollment Deposit

The program fee for 2018 is $9,500. This includes all tuition, course materials, on-campus accommodations, meal plans, student health insurance, student life fees, and extracurricular fees. Travel costs are not included. Partial scholarships will be provided for top applicants based on the quality of their application.

Once being admitted and accepting the electronic offer letter from the admissions team, you need to submit a $2500 enrollment deposit to confirm your attendance. The deposit will apply to your tuition reflected in the bill later. Students who fail to submit the deposit in time will be viewed as voluntarily giving up the seat to attend the program.