The Applied Data Fellowship is a University of Chicago program based at the Harris School of Public Policy.

The Applied Data Fellowship is a full-time commitment for 12 months. It embeds talented young professionals with strong data skills into local government and nonprofit organizations across the United States. Fellows will be directly embedded into government, non-profit, and social enterprise host institutions for one year. In addition to hands-on experience implementing data insights and working closely with senior-level stakeholders, Fellows will also receive managerial oversight from experienced development-sector consultants and technical support in the form of data analysis training and oversight. Fellows will also receive one-on-one career support through the year so as to help meet their post-fellowship career goals.

Fellows will be provided with a living stipend of $45,000 for the year and a separate reimbursable health insurance stipend up to $5,000. This amount is scaled up for placements in cities with a higher cost of living than Chicago.


  • Open to graduates who have permanent work authorization in the US and also candidates who are eligible with an OPT card or similar volunteer work visa.
  • Applicants should graduate from their respective academic programs in 2024 and/or are already working full-time.
  • Exceptional candidates will have a good understanding of the policy domain, strong data analysis skills, and a deep desire to innovate and operationalize programs within the government and nonprofit sectors to achieve impact.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. ADF expects to interview candidates starting in March 2024.

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