Conditions of Membership

  1. Observing the DSI’s Values and Code of Conduct that encapsulate the inclusive culture that the DSI aims to foster.
  • Written agreement to adhere to these policies will be a condition of participation in the DSI for all members, students, and visitors.

Membership Expectations

DSI members are expected to be ambassadors for the DSI and for data sciences at U of T. Here are some ways members can be ambassadors:

  • List DSI as one of their U of T affiliations on their cv, talks, papers, grant proposals, letters of reference, press articles, etc.
  • Help promote the DSI internally and externally.
  • Participate in the DSI intellectual community.
  • Work with the DSI communications team to publicize research and educational contributions to data science.
  • List the DSI in any grant received through the DSI and publication funded by such grant.

Membership Benefits



  • Trainee community events, activities, and training.
  • A 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 and hassle-free 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 attend, speak, and exhibit.
  • Networking events to bring together trainees from across U of T to help start, evolve, or cement collaborations.

Training and Research Supports

  • Eligibility to apply for DSI programming and funding and use DSI infrastructure.
  • 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 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 early-career researchers find employment in academia and industry through informational career sessions and with writing job applications and preparing for interviews.

DSI members are faculty, staff, or students of the University of Toronto and/or a member of a University of Toronto affiliate (for example, affiliated hospitals and research institutes).