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Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Fellowships in USA 2020

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is accepting fellowship applications for 2020-2021 academic session.

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 collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-sectoral exploration of some of the Internet’s most important and compelling issues.

Fellows appointed through this open call come into their fellowship with a personal research agenda and set of ambitions they wish to conduct while at the Center. These might include focused study or writing projects, action-oriented meetings, the development of technical tools, capacity-building, testing pedagogical approaches, or efforts to intervene in public discourse and trialing new platforms for exchange. Over the course of the year fellows advance their research and contribute to the intellectual life of the Center and fellowship program activities; as they learn with and are influenced by their peers, fellows have the freedom to change and modify their plans.

In addition to each fellow’s personal research agenda, together fellows actively design and participate in weekly all-fellows sessions, working groups, skill shares, hacking and development sessions, and shared meals, as well as join in a wide-range of Berkman Klein Center events, classes, brainstorms, interactions, and projects. While engaging in both substance and process, much of what makes the fellowship program rewarding is created each year by the fellows themselves to address their own interests and priorities. These entrepreneurial, collaborative ventures – ranging at once from goal-oriented to experimental, from rigorous to humorous – ensure the dynamism of a fellowship experience, the fellowship program, and the Berkman Klein community. As well, the Center works to support our exemplary alumni network, and beyond a period of formal affiliation, community members maintain ongoing active communication and mutual support across cohorts.

Worth of Award

  • To make Berkman Klein fellowships a possibility for as wide a range of applicants as possible, in the 2020-2021 academic year they will award a small number of stipends to incoming fellows selected through our open call for applications.
  • This funding will be awarded to select people from communities who are underrepresented in fields related to Internet and society, who will contribute to the diversity of the Berkman Klein Center’s research and activities, and who have financial need.

Eligibility

  • They welcome applications from people who feel that a year as a fellow in their variegated community would accelerate their efforts and contribute to their ongoing personal and professional development.
  • Fellows come from across the disciplinary spectrum and different life paths.
  • Some fellows are academics, whether students, post-docs, or professors.
  • Others come from outside academia including technologists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, policymakers, activists, journalists, educators, or other practitioners from various sectors. Many fellows wear multiple hats and straddle different pursuits at the intersections of their capacities.
  • Fellows might be starting, rebooting, driving forward in, questioning, or pivoting from their established careers.
  • Fellows are committed to spending their fellowship in concert with others, guided by a heap of kindness, a critical eye, and generosity of spirit.
  • The fellowship selection process is a multi-dimensional mix of art and science, based on considerations that are specific to each applicant and to the composition of the full fellowship class.

How to Apply

  • Applications will be submitted online through the Berkman Klein Application Tracker
  • All attachments must be submitted through the Application Tracker as PDFs.
  • Applicants will submit their resume/C.V., personal statement, and work sample as PDFs uploaded to the Berkman Klein Application Tracker.
  • Applicants should ensure that their names are included on each page of their application materials.
  • Recommendation letters will be captured through the Application Tracker, which requires applicants to submit the names and contact information for references in advance of the application deadline.
  • References will receive a link at which they can upload their letters as PDFs.
  • They recommend that applicants create their profiles and submit reference information in the Application Tracker as soon as they know they are going to apply and have identified their references – this step will not require other fellowship application materials to be submitted at that time. Recommendation letters should be received from the references by the application deadline.
  • Within the Application Tracker, applicants will select the two topics of Berkman Klein study that resonate with them; as well, in the Application Tracker applicants will have the optional opportunity to list a Faculty Director of interest.
  • Applicants requesting financial support will submit responses directly into the Application Tracker.

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

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