Berkman Klein Fellowship Program 2020 (Fully funded to Cambridge)

DEADLINE: Friday, January 31, 2020

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


We welcome applications from people who feel that a year as a fellow in our variegated community would accelerate their efforts and contribute to their ongoing personal and professional development.


Berkman Klein fellowships awarded through the open call for applications are rarely stipended, and most fellows receive no direct funding through the Berkman Klein Center as part of their fellowship appointment.

To make Berkman Klein fellowships a possibility for as wide a range of applicants as possible, in the 2020-2021 academic year we 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.

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

  • Applicants may name a Faculty Director with whom they have a shared research or teaching interest and briefly describe how their work connects to that Director’s. 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.  All of the Berkman Klein Center Faculty Directors’ bios and links may be found here.

  • 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.

Applications will be submitted online through the Berkman Klein Application Tracker at:

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the website for Berkman Klein Fellowship Program 2020