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Berkman Klein Center Fellowship Program 2020-21 in USA

Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year through our annual open call. This opportunity is for those who wish to spend 2020-2021 in residence in Cambridge, MA as part of the Center's vibrant community of research and practice, and who seek to engage in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-sectoral exploration of some of the Internet's most important and compelling issues.

They invite applications from people working on a broad range of opportunities and challenges related to Internet and society, which may overlap with ongoing work at the Berkman Klein Center and may expose our community to new opportunities and approaches. They encourage applications from scholars, practitioners, innovators, engineers, artists, and others committed to understanding and advancing the public interest who come from -- and have interest in -- countries industrialized or developing, with ideas, projects, or activities in all phases on a spectrum from incubation to reflection.

Through this annual open call, they seek to advance our collective work and give it a new direction and to deepen and broaden their networked community across backgrounds, disciplines, cultures, and home bases.


  • Fellow’s may request for a range of stipend, they are as follows:

  • $1-$12,000

  • $12,001-$24,000

  • $24,001-$36,000

  • Access to University Resources


Required Application Materials

All Applicants:

(1.) A current resume or C.V.

(2.) A personal statement that responds to the following three questions. Responses to each question should be between 250-500 words; the personal statement should not exceed 1500 words total.

What is the research you propose to conduct during a fellowship year? Please

describe the problems are you trying to solve;

outline the methods which might inform your research; and

tell us about the public interest and/or the communities you aim to serve through your work.

Why is the Berkman Klein Center the right place for you to do this work? Please share thoughts on:

how the opportunity to engage colleagues from different backgrounds -- with a range of experiences and training in disciplines unfamiliar to you -- might stimulate your work;

which perspectives, topics, and skills you might seek to learn and connect with to help you fill in underdeveloped areas of your research; and

the skills, connections, and insights you are uniquely suited to contribute to the Center’s community and activities.

How does your personal background inform and influence your research?

(3.) A copy of a recent publication or an example of relevant work. For a written document, for instance, it should be on the order of a paper or chapter - not an entire book or dissertation - and should be in English.

(4.) Two letters of recommendation sent directly from the reference as PDFs.

(5.) A number of research-based selections/questions to respond to directly in the Application Tracker. These include:

The selection of two topic areas explored at the Berkman Klein Center that resonate with the applicant’s interests and research. This initial selection will help us to support building connections among fellows, and between fellows and ongoing work at BKC, but is of course not meant to constrain future research and exploration. The topic areas from which to choose: Education, Libraries, & Digital Humanities; Ethics and Governance of AI; Governance of Technology & the Internet; Internet Health; Justice, Equity, & Inclusion; Media, Democracy, & Public Discourse; Privacy & Security; and Technology & the Law. More about the Center’s approach to these topics may be found at https://cyber.harvard.edu/topics

Applicants may name a Faculty Director with whom they have shared research or teaching interest and briefly describe how their work connects to that Directors. Any strong mutual interest between applicants and Directors will be one of many factors taken into consideration during the review process. Naming a Faculty Director is optional.

Faculty Directors make final decisions about fellow appointments and participate in the review process. Please do not reach out to them while developing your application to seek their advance advice on or approval of your application.


To see the Eligible Requirements, please visit the Official Link



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