Applications for the Fall 2014 Fellows Program are due April 3, 2014.

About the Fellowship

Applications for the Fall 2014 Fellows Program are due April 3rd.

The SDS Graduate Fellows is a one semester appointment that provides guided experience in statistical consulting and data analysis. Students will learn how to consult on applied problems in a variety of different disciplines and will gain considerable experience in all aspects of the consulting role.

Students will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience applying statistical methods using data from faculty and researchers across campus. Students will be involved in all aspects of data analysis, from meeting with researchers to discuss the goals and details of their experiments, to analyzing the data and preparing the results. Details regarding the program are summarized below.

  • The appointment is for one semester and participants will also be eligible for future positions in the division.
  • Fellows will receive a 10-hour GRA appointment and, if desired and eligible, an additional 10-hour TA appointment within the division for a total of 20 hours of support.
  • Fellows who have a 10-hr GRA will receive a stipend of $4,000 as well as tuition remittance from the division. The tuition remittance is consistent with what the graduate school pays for 10-hour TA appointments. For details, you can click here.
  • Fellows are also eligible for an additional 10-hr TA position within the division, which also carries tuition remittance via the Graduate School.
  • Graduate Fellows must enroll in SDS 388, a seminar in consulting. The course will meet Tuesdays from 9:30 to 12:30.
  • Expect approximately seven hours per week independent of class time for meetings or assignments.

Funding for the SDS Fellows positions has been made possible by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to qualify for the Graduate Fellowship Program:

  • Students must have 30 hours of graduate study or a Master’s degree.
  • Students from any department will be considered. However, all applicants should have taken at least two graduate-level statistical, mathematical, or scientific computation courses, covering topics such as regression, ANOVA, experimental design, multivariate analysis, numerical analysis, or optimization. Participants should also have good familiarity with at least one statistical application such as SAS, SPSS, Stata, Matlab, Maple, or R.
  • Students must not be enrolled in more than 9 credit hours during the semester they are appointed as Fellows. This is not including SDS 388.
  • Students must also not exceed 20 total appointment hours during the semester they are appointed, including the SDS appointment.

A limited number of Fellows will be accepted each fall semester. Please feel free to apply if you meet the minimum required qualifications listed above. If you are not accepted into the SDS Graduate Fellowship Program this semester, you will be welcome to apply again in future semesters.

How to Apply

Click to download Application.

To be considered for the program, two letters of recommendation from faculty are required. The letters of recommendation should address the candidate’s research background and quantitative aptitude. The letters of recommendation, as well as the completed application, can be e-mailed to Matt Hersh or mailed to:

Dr. Matt Hersh

Department of Statistics and Data Sciences

College of Natural Sciences

1 University Station – G 2500

Austin, TX 78712

The letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the faculty writing the letter. Applications for the Fall 2014 Fellows Program are due April 3rd.


If you have any questions please contact Matt Hersh.

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