LSST Interdisciplinary Network for Collaboration and Computing


Our Vision: Astronomers equipped for a data-rich future.

The LSSTC Data Science Fellowship program is a two year training program, designed to teach skills required for Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) science that are not easily addressed by current astrophysics programs. Our program is a supplement to graduate education, intended to teach students in astronomy-related fields (e.g. astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, etc.) essential skills for dealing with big data. You don't need to know anything about data science to apply, you just need to be excited to learn!

The program consists of three, one-week schools per year, each at a different host institution, over a two year period. As the DSFP is intended as a true supplement to graduate education, fellows make a two year commitment that allows them to not only study these topics in far greater depth than traditional schools, but also to foster new collaborations and professional networks in the process.

The DSFP is free for students, thanks to the generosity of the National Science Foundation, the Brinson Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the LSST Corporation. We provide a travel stipend and lodging during the duration of the session, and a per diem to offset the cost of meals and incidental expenses. 

On top of teaching our students the skills they need for modern survey astronomy, we also aim to create a collaborative, supportive learning environment, and work to empower our students to teach the skills they learn to others.


Adam Miller (CIERA/Northwestern) – Director

Lucianne Walkowicz – Founder, Deputy Director

Bryan Scott (CIERA) – DSFP Postdoctoral Fellow

Vicky Kalogera (CIERA/Northwestern) – Founding Member, Advising Director

Andrew Connolly (University of Washington); Chris Lintott (University of Oxford); Zeljko Ivezic (University of Washington); Phil Marshall (SLAC/Stanford); Mario Juric (University of Washington); Robert Lupton (Princeton) – Advisory Board

Pictured on this page: DSFP Session 15 (Summer 2022, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and Session 16 (Fall 2022, Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics, Northwestern University).