Deadline: January 31, 2022
The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year through the open call. The Berkman Klein Center Fellowship program provides an opportunity for innovative thinkers and changemakers to come together to hone and share ideas, find camaraderie, and spawn new initiatives. This opportunity is for scholars who wish to spend 2022-2023 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 the Internet’s most important issues.
The program encourages and supports fellows in an inviting and playful intellectual environment with community activities designed to foster inquiry and risk-taking; to identify and expose common threads across fellows’ individual activities; and to bring fellows into conversation with the students, staff, faculty, and broader community at the Berkman Klein Center. From their diverse backgrounds and wide-ranging physical and virtual travels, Berkman Klein Center fellows bring fresh ideas, skills, passion, and connections to the Center and the community, and from their time spent in Cambridge, they help build and extend new perspectives and activities back out into their home networks, communities, and fields.
Fellows appointed through this open call come into their fellowship with a personal research agenda, a set of ambitions, and a sense of the public scholarship and community interactions they wish to foster while at the Center.
Areas of Interest
Berkman Klein Center invites applications from scholars whose research advances Internet & society studies in the public interest. For the 2022-2023 year, a couple of the topics they would be interested in having fellows explore include:
- Regulating and Implementing Ethical AI: How should governmental, nonprofit, and private sector organizations implement AI best practices and turn AI principles into operational realities?
- Adapting Copyright Law to Support Teaching in a Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Environment: How copyright law should be shaped amidst technological and social change remains a significant question. and of the benign pedagogic innovations provoked by the pandemic.
- Designing for Equitable Learning: One-size-fits-all educational systems fit few learners well and differentially misserve the already underserved.
There are two pathways for people to be considered for the fellowship program through the open call: those who apply for funding from the Berkman Klein Center, and those who apply supported by external funding.
- Berkman Klein Center funding: the Center has a limited pool of funding to support fellows. BKC funded fellows appointed through the open call for applications are eligible to receive stipends of $72,000 annually, plus additional funding of $5,000 for personal or research-specific expenses.
- External funding: these applicants bring their own funding support, through means such as a grant, a scholarship, sabbatical, or the like. The Berkman Klein Center will complement this funding with an additional stipend of $10,000 that can be used for living, travel, and research expenses.
- The Berkman Klein Center invites applications from people whose work on Internet and society may overlap with ongoing work at the Berkman Klein Center and may expose ther community to new opportunities and approaches. They welcome applications from people who feel that a year as a fellow in the variegated community would accelerate their efforts and contribute to their ongoing personal and professional development.
- The Berkman Klein Center encourages applications from scholars, practitioners, innovators, engineers, artists, and others committed to understanding and advancing the public interest. Fellows come from across the disciplinary spectrum and different life paths.
- Some fellows are academics. For the 2022-2023 year, they invite academics who are post-docs or professors. Please note that in the 2022-2023 academic year they are not welcoming students into the fellowship cohort.
- Some fellows are practitioners who have built their careers outside of academia, including technologists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, policymakers, activists, journalists, educators, and others from various sectors and callings.
- 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.
- For the 2022-2023 year, they will prioritize and select for fellows who have a demonstrated record of contributing to public and scholarly conversations in their area of study.
- 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.
Applications will be accepted until Monday, January 31, 2022, at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications will be submitted online through the Berkman Klein Application Tracker
For more information, visit Berkman Klein Center.