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Introduction to the Berkman Klein Center Fellowship
There is now an opportunity for Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society to accept fellowship applications for the 2024–2025 academic year. This open call invites scholars and practitioners to join the vibrant community in Cambridge, MA, engaging in collaborative exploration of crucial issues shaping the Internet. The Berkman Klein Center provides a supportive environment for fellows to explore research questions, develop new ideas, and share their findings. Fellowships provide seed funding for research as well as access to a world-class faculty, dedicated staff, and a broad network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.
The Berkman Klein Center’s mission is to explore and understand cyberspace, studying its development, dynamics, norms, and standards. The fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for innovative thinkers and changemakers to spend the academic year in residence, contributing to public scholarship, fostering camaraderie, and sparking new initiatives.
Opportunities and Expectations
Fellows are expected to produce public outputs impacting scholarly debates, including technical prototypes, writing, convenings, reports, websites, or academic papers. Engaging in weekly sessions, working groups, and collaborative activities is crucial. Fellows also contribute to the wider Berkman Klein Center community, fostering connections with diverse individuals and organizations.
The fellowship program welcomes applications from scholars advancing Internet & society studies in the public interest. Key areas of interest include fairness and justice, democracy, Web3 and decentralization, global Internet governance, digital identity, artificial intelligence, and more.
Benefits of the Fellowship
The fellowship program provides a generous stipend to its fellows. The amount of funding varies based on individual circumstances, and there are different pathways for funding to ensure that the program remains accessible to all qualified candidates.
Fellows are required to commit to the program for a full year, from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025. During this time, fellows are expected to be in Cambridge, MA, from September to May and will have access to Harvard University’s extensive resources, including libraries, research facilities, and other academic support services.
The program is designed to offer a comprehensive and immersive academic experience that will help fellows develop their research skills and further their academic and professional goals. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse community of scholars, attend seminars and workshops, and participate in other academic activities that will enhance their learning and development.
Applications will be accepted until January 22, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The eligibility criteria for the program are quite diverse and inclusive, and it welcomes applications from a wide range of professionals, such as academics, post-doctoral researchers, professors, practitioners, technologists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, policymakers, activists, and more.
The application process requires the submission of a comprehensive resume, a personal statement highlighting your background, skills, and interests, and work samples demonstrating your expertise in the relevant field. The program selection committee carefully evaluates each application on its merits and selects the most promising candidates for the program.
How to Apply
All applications will be done online. Interested applicants are advised to visit the official announcement website (link below) for more information before they begin their applications.
Join the Berkman Klein Center Fellowship Program to contribute to the understanding and development of the digitally networked environment. Embrace a year of collaborative exploration, public scholarship, and meaningful connections in the heart of Cambridge, MA. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this dynamic community and make a significant impact on the future of the Internet and society.
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