Updated on June 10, 2015, see our press release.

Our textbook is now published, new data sets and new tutorials added, and the data science cheat sheet is available in its final format.

Our program is for practitioners interested in real-life data science projects, to gain professional experience, knowledge and visibility in the data science community. 

So what does it mean for you and how to get started?

First, we remind you that this is still a program for self-learners, presenting original, core, modern, applied, useful pioneering data science material not found in traditional programs. It is basically free, besides the cost of purchasing our book. Student interested in formal training, in a well structured learning environment and/or face-to-face or frequent email interactions with professors, who need more support to learn, and/or who need an official diploma at the end, should check the university courses, programs and other training listed on DSC.

How to get started?

Read the steps required to complete the program (see below), and if you are still interested, proceed to step #1.

The program in 5 steps

  1. Obtain a copy of our data science 1.0 book (recommended but not mandatory - alternatively check out articles published by our data science research lab, and in our resource section), the book addendum, read our data science 2.0 book, and our data science cheat sheet.
  2. Select your data science project. We listed a number of potential data sets and projects to work on (as part of the apprenticeship) in a previous update. To check the list of currently available projects (to work on), click here
  3. Complete one of these real-life projects, email us your solution. You will then receive comments from us (possibly asking for a revision).
  4. Publish the following too items: (1) the solution to your project (including methodology, data and results), (2) how your project could be scaled (architecture details, distributed computing, faster algorithms, better crawling and potential problems/bottlenecks if working with big data; automation and maintenance). Publish these too items in one blog on Data Science Central, with subject line "My Data Science Apprenticeship Project".
  5. Great contributions will be featured (Dr. Vincent Granville review the submissions) and you can then expect to hear from hiring managers and other professionals interested in your talents. 

For additional resources, click here or here

That's it!

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Hi Vincent,

I had sent a mail earlier, but did not get any response, so I thought of posting here.  I am keen on being part of Data science apprenticeship. As mentioned in my profile - I am a Data Enthusiast, Data curious, Data Passionate and a wantto be Data scientist. Please find my profile details below. Please let me know if you need further info, looking forward to hear back from you.

Data central profile -

Linkedin profile - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/harish-moodalbail/5/b01/52


Got accepted last night. Looking forward to going through to program!

Hello Dr Granville,

I am a Software Engineer from India looking to enhance my Data Science skills. It would be an absolute pleasure to be a part of this program, hoping to get considered to join this program. Below is my linkedin profile.




Hello Dr. Vincent Granville,

my name is Pedro Andrade and i'm interested in taking the Data Science apprenticeship.

I am a big data enthusiast and i want to build my career as a data scientist.
I'm from Portugal and there's still few data scientist in the market so a wanna take this opportunity to take this course and became a skilled data scientist and maybe inspire other portuguese citizens to become also data scientists.
I have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science by the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto( University of Porto), Portugal.
I have knlowedge in python and R languages and I'm currently taking various online courses on data science like machine learning and advanced statistics.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Best regards,
Pedro Andrade

Dear Professor Granville,

My name is Xinying Yu, I'm a strategic sourcing data analyst working in an aviation supply chain company and I am interested in signing up for the Data Science Apprenticeship program. I completed my Bachelor and first Master degree in Electrical Engineering in Shanghai, China, and then completed my second Master degree from the Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning Program at Northwestern University last December.
I'm a highly-motivated self-learner, having research experience in software development and operations research. My objective is to enhance my data science skills, and to get more insights of how to apply data science in real-life industry projects. This program will do a great help to our sourcing team as well as my professional career path. 
Attached is my linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/xinyingyu
Thank you for your time and consideration. I'm looking forward to hear from you soon.

Best Regards,

Hello Dr Granville,

Hope this mail brings you, Best of your health and spirit.

I am interested in joining the Data Apprenticeship Course.

I have a Master degree in Economicas and Quantitative research. I have more than 8 years of experience as Manager with business consulting organisations in Capgemini, Genpact, HP (Mphasis).

I would like to gain more inside theoretical and practical knowledge in Data Managment in order to be able to specialize later on developing and implementing Big Data solutions.

I will be happy to provide more details as needed.

My LinkedIn link : https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=46944900&trk=nav_respo...

Data Science Central link : http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profile/KapilK

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Kapil Khaire

Hello Vincent.

I am Mootoovaloo Arrykrishna, from Mauritius. I have a BSc (Hons) Physics with Computing degree (First Class) and I am very interested in Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Statistics. I wish to be considered for the Data Science Apprenticeship.

My LinkedIn profile is : mu.linkedin.com/in/arrykrishnamootoovaloo/

I sincerely thank you and I hope to have a favorable reply.

Best regards,

Arrykrishna Mootoovaloo

Dear Dr. Granville,

I have already sent a mail to [email protected] expressing my interest in pursuing Data Science Apprenticeship. I have furnished all the relevant links in the email itself. Do you have further information on the upcoming batches? I am eagerly looking forward.

Thank you in anticipation,



Dear Professor Granville,


My name is Mangog Cyrille, I'm from France. I have a master degree in computer science and actually, I work as a consulting engineer in the field of web design software for Altran Technologies, since two years. I am fascinated by study of massive data and I would like to develop skills in order to become a data scientist .

I am very interested in your training program, this is why I submit my application.


Data Science central profile: http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profile/CyrilleMangog


LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/cyrille-mangog/43/253/558

Thank you for your time and consideration.



Hi Vincent,

I would like to enrol and start to learn how to do this for real.

Below is a brief summary about me and my motivation -

Currently, I am a senior web analyst working in Stena Line located in Sweden,

Personally, I sincerely believe that big data and predictive analytics IS the future and i would like to advance further regardless how slow things are going in the companies i worked for here in Europe.

To start with, i am using statistic models and data mining techniques on a daily basis , I have been educated in both mathematics ( in college) and computer science ( in master) , I have background in database administrating as well as light programming before i stepped into web analytic domain.

my data science central profile link is as below :


my linked in profile is as below :


I sincerely hope that i will get a positive response

Thanks a lot in advance for reading through

let me know if i am missing something in my application

Kind regards

Dear Dr. Granville,

I hope it is not too late to indicate my interest in your Data Science Apprenticeship.

I am Esuene Samson, formerly of the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, UK. I am a geoscientist and would love to join your Data Science Apprenticeship. 

I hold the B.Sc. (Geology), M.Sc. (Petroleum Geophysics) and Ph.D. (Applied Geophysics) degrees. So, I am excited at the prospect of acquiring data science techniques and skills for application to subsurface geological and petroleum production data sets, and big data.

The web-link to my linkedin profile is: www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=53314294&trk=nav_responsive_ta.... The Data Science Central equivalent is: http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profile/EsueneSamson

Thank you for your favourable consideration.

Kind regards and best wishes for the season,

Esuene Samson

Dear Dr. Granville,

I am very much interested in Data Science Apprenticeship. I've a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University (formerly known as State University of New York at Stony Brook) in the USA. My expertise is in computational science with focus on mathematical modeling, fluid dynamics and computational astrophysics. 
Please look into my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/pub/sra-d/43/ab1/240
I'm also part of the DSC group in LinkedIn. Through that only, I've come to know about this opportunity. 
I'm currently taking a Data Science class, out of interest and research interests. So, I shall be very much interested to be part of the DSA, and apply my knowledge in solving some of the projects and/or any open questions/topics/projects. 
Thank You and I look forward to hearing from you soon,
Sincerely Yours,
S Dutta


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