• HI-DSI will provide funding for 3 accepted students for one year (August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024) at GA-11 Step 15 (11 months, $29,148).
  • Faculty mentors with independent funding sources for graduate students are welcome to participate in this program. Please contact


  • Students must be accepted graduate students in good academic standing at a University of Hawai‘i institution who already have a current faculty mentor and their own research focus
  • Students must be interested in learning data science techniques and skills for application in their own research. 
  • Students must have an undergraduate degree related to atmospheric sciences, ocean-related sciences, mathematics/statistics, or computer sciences.

Program Requirements

Participation in the Data Fellows program will require the following from accepted students:

  • Develop, implement, and deliver a hands-on workshop centered around teaching data science skills. Fellows will have an HI-DSI mentor who will guide them through this process, and fellows will be expected to meet with their instructor as needed throughout the semester. Fellows will develop their teaching skills and be able to master these skills and apply them to their current research as an example for others. 
  • Attend and participate in weekly meetings (Fridays from 2:00pm-4:00pm HST) whose focus rotates between workshops in data science skills, seminars focused on data science, professional development activities, and work sessions. 
  • Participate and present in the HI-DSI Research Showcase, which takes place at the end of each semester. This showcase invites the UH community and industry partners to learn more about the current research efforts of the institute and the fellows. 
  • Participate as a mentor in the CITRUS Summer Program (4 weeks, June/July 2024). CITRUS is a 4-week undergraduate summer immersion program, centered around completion of projects and modules by undergraduate students, with the HIDSI fellows being available to provide mentorship and assistance to the undergraduates as needed. Fellows will need to be available during the program to help and guide undergraduate students as they produce a data product through the data lifecycle and a presentation 
  • Participate in the CyberClub by working with each other and with the external community on data science outreach initiatives. 
  • Participate in other HI-DSI activities and initiatives as schedules allow
    Faculty Mentors 
    • Please note that the program will require a significant time commitment from your student to participate in HI-DSI activities 
    • As HI-DSI is not an academic department, the faculty supervisor and department functions as the hiring unit, with HI-DSI providing one year of funding for the position.

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