Community

The University of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area are a global destination for data sciences-driven research, and home to some of the world’s most talented data science experts. The University of Toronto Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is the focal point for computational and data-intensive research within the U of T community.

The DSI is a community that fuels innovation and fosters the exchange of ideas, connecting a diverse community of researchers and trainees representing a wide array of disciplines. Together, we are working towards greater societal impact of our work.

In line with the DSI Mission, Vision, and Values, its members program is inclusive and geared towards faculty, students, and other scholars engaged in data-driven, computational, or methodological work who are interested in being affiliated with the DSI.

Member Benefits

Funding

  • Eligibility to apply for DSI funding programs, including research Catalyst Grants.

Networking

  • Trainee community events, activities, and training.
  • calendar of activities that foster the exchange of ideas and the partnering of disciplines. These include monthly talks showcasing internationally renowned data scientists.
  • Inclusion in the DSI directory: a simple wayfinding tool to help find scholars interested or engaged in data sciences at U of T.
  • A member newsletter with information and updates about DSI news, events, and funding opportunities. Sign up for the DSI newsletter.
  • An annual Research Day where the work of member faculty and trainees is showcased, and external partners and community stakeholders participate.
  • Networking events to bring together trainees from across U of T to help start, evolve, or cement collaborations.

Training and Research Supports

  • Option to join a mentoring program and an ongoing series of training activities for DSI trainees, early-career researchers, staff members, and assistant professors.
  • Assistance with external collaborations, commercialization, and grants, support for funding applications.
  • Eligibility to apply for the services of a research programmer/software developer.
  • Guidance on access to data and computing infrastructure and contract negotiation.
  • Workshops around Thematic Programs that catalyze the formation of new collaborative research teams (CRTs) and assist in potential partnerships with invited external groups.
  • An institution-wide job-seekers network to assist trainees and researchers to find employment in academia and industry through informational career sessions, including help with writing job applications and preparing for interviews.

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