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PRIISM Opportunity Fellowship

MS in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research

The highly-selective PRIISM Opportunity Fellowship supports the growth and development of two promising students in their first year of the Applied Statistics for Social Science Research MS program.  Fellows will gain experience and skills by engaging with data-driven research teams led by PRIISM faculty who are using data to address societal issues.

Fellows will engage in activities that will provide them with critical training in many aspects of statistical research consulting.  In particular they will have the opportunity to engage in the following research-related activities.

  • Participate on research teams according to their interests.  Read background materials, help to formulate hypotheses, review and discuss research techniques, strategies, dilemmas, data, and findings. Potential projects might focus on topics such as detection of discrimination in the criminal justice system, evaluation of homeless services, or understanding the impact of secondary education in conflict-affected countries.
  • Learn outside the classroom through structured research activities and supplemental workshops and learning events.
  • Engage in professional development activities to improve the quality of resumes, cover letters, and interview skills.
  • Attend PRIISM research seminars to learn about a diversity of research strategies and gain exposure to applications of statistical approaches across a range of disciplines and policy arenas.


This fellowship will provide the student with several supports and benefits.  In the fall semester, the student will receive a $5,000 fellowship stipend.  In the spring semester, contingent on reaching fall milestones, the student will be hired onto a PRIISM-affiliated research team to gain valuable work experience (with salary starting at $3,500). Throughout, the fellow will be supported through regular check-ins with their faculty mentor.

Eligibility and application process

All applicants to the program will be considered for this fellowship.  No separate application process is required. Preference will be given to students who identify as belonging to groups underrepresented in STEM fields. Preference will also be given to students who explicitly express interest in pursuing research or work that will benefit society.

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