How to Apply

The SDSC Summer Institute typically receives more than 100 applications each year and we will select approximately 45 candidates. You are welcome to apply for either session or both sessions, but acceptance to one does not guarantee acceptance to the other since different selection criteria are used for each session.

Applicants will be screened to make sure that they have the necessary background to benefit from the Summer Institute, but the main selection criterion is that the applicants have a compelling need for the skills being taught directly supporting their research or teaching.  In addition, we will try to reach the highest number of research institutions in the United States, in particular those that have no access to local supercomputing resources and we will try to balance attendees from a diverse pool of scientific communities. Summer Institute Alumni are welcome to apply after 5 years.

Note: Typically the Summer Institute audience is 50/60% Graduate students and the rest are Postdocs, Research staff at Universities and National labs, Professors, or Researchers in Industry.

Room and Board Scholarship

In support of the HPC/DS Summer Institute, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), SDSC awards a limited number of scholarships to cover on-campus room and board (dorm style private room, shared common area and bathrooms). Indicate on the application if you would like to be considered for room and board scholarship. Scholarship funds only apply to room and board and are not available for any other travel expenses (i.e., airfare, transportation, etc...). Registration fee is still required from all attendees. HPC/DS Summer Institute attendance and on-campus housing is limited so you are encouraged to apply early.

Travel Award

For the first time ever, the Summer Institute will provide a limited number of travel awards to offset the cost of airfare and travel expenses. These are in addition to the room and board scholarships. The travel awards are intended for those who lack financial support from their institution and would otherwise not be able to afford the cost of attending. Preference will be given to students, staff, and faculty from HBCUs, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and those from non-R1 Institutions. 


Important Dates

Application Deadline
Friday, April 26, 2024

Applicants Notified
Friday, May 10, 2024

Accepted applicants to confirm attendance
Friday, May 24, 2024

Preparation Day (virtual)
Tuesday, July 30, 2024

Summer Institute (in-person)
Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 2024