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08 March 2023
Launching the 3rd cohort of the International Accelerator
Thursday, 9th March marks the launch of the 3rd cohort of the International Data Science Accelerator Programme. We are welcoming 6 pairs/teams who will collaborate through mentoring for the next 12 weeks, working on data science projects and exchanging/enriching skills and knowledge.
The mentoring programme cohort will end on the 2nd June and the graduation event, where we’ll celebrate their work and achievement throughout the 12 weeks, is schedule don the 9th June.
The third cohort welcomes 6 mentors and 15 mentees in total from the following countries/organisations:
- USA/IMF (mentor) – Chile (mentee team of 3)
- France/PARIS21 (mentor) – Ghana (mentee)
- UK/ONS (mentor) – Rwanda (mentee team of 4)
- UK/DfE (mentor) – Mexico (mentee)
- Brazil (mentor) – Ecuador (mentee team of 3)
- Brazil (mentor) – Nigeria (mentee team of 2)
IMPORTANT: Join our future cohorts!
Our next cohort is due to start early September and expressions of interest from mentors are accepted all year round. Please fill in the mentor form and get in touch to express your interest in mentoring internationally!
If you want to participate as mentee, make sure you have a data science project and apply once the application window opens (July-August).
Call for mentors
Become an international mentor and share your data science knowledge!
- mentoring programme duration: 12 weeks
- mentor across the globe on a data science project
- enrich your experience by learning about data science work at other National Statistics Offices
If you’re interested in becoming mentor fill in our expression of interest, applications for mentors are accepted all year round. Find out more about who we are looking for.
Cohorts for this year:
- Cohort 3 – March to June
- Cohort 4 – September to December
Contact us at International.email@example.com
What is the International Data Science Accelerator Programme?
The Data Science Campus has designed the International Data Science Accelerator mentoring programme in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) Big Data Task Team on Training, Competencies and Capacity Development. It is aimed at analysts from National Statistical Offices (NSOs) who are looking to improve their data science skills and potentially become a data scientist in the future.
Mentee applicants will need to identify a certain challenge or problem within their business area that may be solved using non-traditional data sources or new data science tools and techniques.
The project will be experimental but should result in a prototype that can be implemented at the NSO. Some examples may include:
- the use of web scraped data in the development of price indices
- the development of a reproducible analytical pipeline using an open-source coding tool
- the application of machine learning techniques to shipping data to produce estimates of trade or tourism.
We are accepting pairs (or teams of maximum three people) of mentees working on the same project and pairs of mentors as well.
How it works
Applications, sifting and mentee or mentor allocations
The mentee submits the application form linked below, detailing a project proposal on which they would like to receive data science mentorship.
Please note that the project proposal must have line management and senior leadership approval at the NSO. They must agree that it fits with the NSO’s data strategy, and the applicant must be allocated time to do the work by their line manager. It’s also important that the mentee has permission to share unrestricted project-related data with their mentor.
Applications will be sifted, and if successful, the mentee will be matched with an experienced data science mentor. Applications will also be sought from data science mentors and will be collated and stored on our mentor database so they can be matched with mentees according to their skills and area of expertise.
There will be a short period before the programme starts where mentors and mentees will be able to familiarise themselves with one another and agree a suitable mentoring day. Mentors will be given access to training materials to support their mentoring role.
During the 12-week programme, the mentee will spend one day per week working on the data science project and will receive remote support from their mentor for two to three hours on their agreed day of the week. If this is not possible, the mentor and mentee can agree a more suitable equivalent to accommodate clashes with schedules, time zones, etc. The mentor and mentee should ideally have access to Microsoft Teams or another video conferencing tool to ensure effective communication throughout the cohort.
Taking the programme further
We had five mentees in the first cohort, with mentors from the National Statistical Organisations (NSOs) of Sri Lanka, Malaysia, UAE, Czechia and Brazil supporting them.
To ensure the programme continues to flourish, we need more mentors. If you are an experienced data scientist and can give a maximum of 12 days of your time over 12 weeks to invest in the growth of data science globally, please contact us.
We have included some examples of projects submitted to the International Accelerator that we would support. For some of these we managed to find mentors, but not all are currently being mentored.