IDSC Fellows Program

IDSC Fellows Program

Collaborate, Grow, Stand Out



The vision of the IDSC Fellows Program is to inspire a new generation of leaders in computational science to cross the traditional boundaries between disciplines, by equipping them with new cross-disciplinary skills and experience. The Program does this by offering mentorship outside the students’ area of expertise.



This is a prestigious designation awarded to selected students. It is offered to two undergraduate students and two graduate students per year. Students from any of UM’s Schools and Colleges may apply.


Program Overview

IDSC Fellows develop their computational skills and expand their research experience under the guidance of two mentors. Both mentors are faculty members: The first is the student’s research advisor, and the second is identified by the IDSC Fellows program and provides the computational research expertise.

All Fellows have the opportunity to use IDSC Advanced Computing resources for their research, and to work closely with faculty and staff. No stipend is offered, but there is a cash prize at the end. For the 2019-2020 cycle, the deadline for submission of the applications was Friday, October 30, 2020 by midnight.

Competitive applicants have some experience in a computational setting, and are able to outline a cross-disciplinary project that they would like to pursue.

The project details do not need to be clearly defined at the time of application, however, the disciplines that would come together in the project should be clearly stated.


Application Process, Materials, and Timeline

Applicants are required to submit a completed Application Form, accompanied by:

  • a transcript
  • a CV, and
  • in the case of graduate students, a support letter from their academic mentor.

The Steering Committee meets within one week of the closing of applications to choose the IDSC Fellows.

An announcement is then emailed to offices of Undergraduate Research, Graduate Office (UM, MSOM, RSMAS, CoE, CAS), and to student groups at CoE, CAS, Med School, and RSMAS. Media Relations will help publicize it internally (NEWS@TheU), and via student media.

The application process is submission of an online form where all supporting documents are uploaded. Click here for Program Guidelines.


Selection Criteria

  • Student must have computational skills sufficient to get started on the proposed
  • The proposed project integrates ideas from more than two disciplines, one of which must be new to the student.
  • Graduate students should have a well-formulated, achievable research question that is in line with their academic mentor’s letter of support.
  • Graduate students need a support letter from their academic adviser or PI.
  • Application must be complete, and must be well written, well organized, and thoroughly thought out.
  • Previous research experience is not requisite, but is an advantage.
  • Student must be in good standing with the University.


Collage of Past Projects

University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing IDSC Fellows 2015-2015 project collage