Pivigo's Science to Data Science (S2DS) Fellowship program is one of the most competitive data science fellowship programs in the world, and Europe’s largest. Only 90 fellowships are awarded each year.
The program is of a similar calibre to the US-based Insight Data Science Fellows Program program and UK-based ASI Fellows Program. All data science fellows have PhDs, with the majority coming highly analytical, data-intensive, scientific research backgrounds (e.g. neuroscience, computational chemistry, mathematics, astrophysics, physics, computational biology, bioinformatics, environmental science, computational linguistics).
Fellows range from newly minted PhDs, to early- and mid- career postdoctoral researchers, to senior (in some cases tenured) professors, to ex-academics who have already made the transition into industry. During the fellowship, the majority of time is spent working on commercial data science problems; either as external consultants or embedded data scientists, in tech startups (e.g. Shoppar), established or high-growth technology companies (e.g. MADE.com), data science consultancies (e.g. HAL24K), small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), multi-national companies, charities and non-government organisations. Fellows are supported by commercial experts – e.g. CTOs or Heads of Engineering/Analytics, technical mentors – experienced data scientists and technologists from industry, and work as part of a data science team to develop high-impact, cutting-edge, sustainable, and scalable data science solutions.