Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University Fall 2020 Online Research Sprint for Masters and PhD level students

Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University Fall 2020 Online Research Sprint for Masters and PhD level students

Deadline: October 8, 2020

Are you interested in real-world problem-solving and research with impact? Looking for new mentorship and networking opportunities? Join the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University Fall 2020 Online Research Sprint open to Masters- and PhD-level students from all disciplines and geographies.

The Berkman Klein Center’s Ethics of Digitalization initiative, in collaboration with the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers and under the patronage of the Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is looking for students who want to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team from mid-October to mid-December 2020 on the ethical, societal, and policy challenges posed by COVID-19 as it disrupts education and learning for billions of learners across the globe. The goal of the sprint is to produce an output to help policy-makers around the world address COVID-19’s short and long-term impact on education and learning. 


  • Students who complete the program will be eligible for a stipend of up to $1,500.
  • International students: Please note that the Research Sprint welcomes international participants who are participating remotely without entry to the US; or who already are sponsored to be in the United States and whose status allows them to engage in collaborative research and to receive a stipend. Applicants with ESTA status or B visas are not eligible. Please consult your legal counsel if you have questions about your eligibility.
  • Research with impact: A unique opportunity to participate in hands-on research activities on a pressing issue and with real-world impact opportunity.
  • Mentorship and networking: Work in small-groups mentored by leading experts in the field of digital technology, education, policy, and ethics and make connections.
  • Skill building: As part of an interdisciplinary research team and on an accelerated timeline, improve and expand your research and collaboration skills.


Applicant should

  • Have passion for interdisciplinary research in a novel and highly collaborative program.
  • Possess excellent academic qualifications (near-completed Masters degree; PhD in progress/planned or advanced PhD, post-doctoral researcher).
  • Fluency in English and knowledge of one other language a plus.
  • Commitment to take part in weekly 2-hour virtual sessions between mid-October and mid-December and a willingness to attend periodic social gatherings.
  • Average time commitment of up to 10 hours a week, depending on your capacities.
  • Motivation to produce research outputs within the time of the sprint and to contribute to a joint publication.


Please apply by filling out the application form by Thursday, October 8, 2020 by 5:00 pm EDT. Applicants will receive notification of admission no later than Tuesday, October 13 by 5:00pm EDT. The form will require that you upload:

  • Your CV or Resume
  • A motivation letter explaining your interest in the research sprint, your research background, and your skills (no more than 300 words in English)

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Berkman Klein Center.