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The Data Science Accelerator is a capability-building programme that gives analysts from across the public sector the opportunity to develop their data science skills. It is supported by the Government Digital Service (GDS), Office for National Statistics and the Government Office for Science and Civil Service analytical professions (statistics, economics, operational research and social research).
Who can take part?
This programme is for analysts and aspiring data scientists from across the public sector, including central and local government.
You will work on a data science project, proposed by you, over 3 months (having this protected time is a key benefit of the programme). You will have the chance to experiment with different data science techniques and open source software. Techniques used on the Accelerator include:
- machine learning
- natural language processing
- geospatial analysis
- advanced visualisation (like R Shiny, Leaflet and D3)
Read about previous Accelerator projects on the Data at GDS blog.
Support and resources
You will be assigned a dedicated mentor (an experienced data scientist) and also benefit from peer support from other participants in your cohort.
We can provide an unlocked high-spec MacBook, so participants can download software and experiment with tools they might not have access to in their current role. We also have a limited number of secure laptops for projects using more sensitive data.
This programme is free.
You can no longer apply for the current programme, which runs from 5 March to 21 May 2020.
Dates for future iterations of the programme will be posted here.
Your line manager and a senior manager (usually a Head of Profession or equivalent) must agree that:
- your project tackles a business problem
- you have access to the data you’ll need for your project
- you can join one of the hubs 1 day per week for 3 months
Coding experience is useful but not essential.
You will need to commit to spending one day a week working on your project, based in one of our regional hubs.
We have regional hubs in:
Add details of your preferred location to your application form.
How to apply
- a project proposal
- an explanation of what you hope to gain from taking part in the Accelerator
- a statement of support from your Head of Profession or director
Email your completed Accelerator application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications has now passed.
Contact the programme
If you have any questions about the Accelerator or you’re interested in becoming a mentor on the programme, email email@example.com. You can also read about how we handle your personal data.