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DSSG-x 2021 - Frequently Asked Questions

When will decisions about fellowship applications be announced?

We expect to announce results in mid March

How much is the stipend paid to fellows?

£1500 per month, or £4500 total. This is tax free and in line with what PhD students are paid in the UK.

What is the selection process?

We receive hundreds of applications. After an initial paper-based selection process, we have two rounds of interviews.

Is it possible to participate part-time?

No, this is an intense full-time programme. We achieve great things and create real value for our project partners, but it means we need full commitment from all team members.

What project will I work on?

Projects are selected in March/April. We cannot specify projects at the time of application. We will take into account interests when making the allocation, but you should be prepared to work on any topic (they will all have positive social impact).

What happens over the summer?

Most of the summer, Fellows work with their team on their project. We augment that with lectures, hands-on workshops, seminars (from local and visiting guests), and various social activities. Some of these are planned in advance, others are co-created and led by the Fellows and mentors as they learn about what they would like to do over the summer. We try to balance getting things done with learning and training. We believe that the best way to learn is by doing, and the fellows who join us want to make an impact by solving the problem they’re tackling.

I am not enrolled in a university, can I still apply as a fellow?

Yes, if your studies are not too long ago and you can “blend in” as member of a team of enthusiastic and very capable students.