Call for Academic Fellowship Applications, Academic Year 2011-2012

November 16, 2010 update: As the application deadline was yesterday, we are no longer accepting applications for our 2011-2012 academic fellowship.  We will accept applications for other 2011-2012 fellowships through our open call until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2010.


The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University seeks an academic to join the community in Cambridge, MA as a stipended academic fellow in the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Berkman academic fellowship is designed to support an early-to-mid career academic conducting research expected to yield valuable data and/or new insights related to Internet and society. The Berkman Center looks forward to facilitating and advancing significant works of scholarship achieved through both traditional and experimental methods. The academic fellowship provides a opportunity for the focused production of such works as articles, books, and other considerable contributions to our understanding of cyberspace. Beyond execution of the plan proposed by the fellow, interaction with, support from, and contributions to the Berkman Center community is a vital part of the academic fellowship experience.


The academic fellow should have a highly distinguished academic record, and should be a rising scholar - either a recent recipient of an advanced degree, a postdoc, or a university lecturer/professor - developing their teaching and research career. The academic fellow should be an outstanding leader or future leader in their field. We will consider applicants from all disciplines. The fellow must also possess a blend of knowledge, curiosity, openness and ambition, as well as a desire to work with a dynamic, mission-driven organization. A commitment to interdisciplinarity is also necessary.

Stipend and Benefits

A stipend of $48,000 is awarded to the academic fellow over the course of the academic year. A Harvard ID is also issued to the academic fellow.  The Berkman Center will not provide financial support for health insurance, but the academic fellow will have the opportunity to purchase health insurance through Harvard University.

About the Berkman Fellowship Program

The Berkman Center hosts a robust and diverse community of fellows in Cambridge, MA, and the academic fellowship discussed here is but one of multiple kinds of Berkman fellowships. Berkman Center fellows play a crucial role in discovery, learning, and engagement, helping to drive projects from within and to bring fresh ideas and skills into our community. They are essential to the Berkman Center’s network as nodes of intelligence, insight, energy, and knowledge-sharing. More information about the fellowship program and additional fellowship opportunities can be found at

Additional Information

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center now is home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the intersections among innovation, democracy, learning, law, technology, and policy.

Commitment to Diversity

The work and well-being of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBT community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.  The roots of this deep commitment are many and, appropriately, diverse.  We are not nearly far enough along in this regard, and we may never be. It is a constant process in which there remains much to learn. We welcome your inquiries, comments and ideas on how we may continue to improve.

Required Application Materials

1) A current resume or CV
2) A personal statement not to exceed 500 words
3) A concise yet comprehensive outline for your proposed work, not to exceed 1,500 words (or multimedia equivalent)
4) A copy of your most recent publication (eg: book chapter or article) or any other piece of your work that is related to Internet research.  It should be in English.
5) Two letters of reference, to be sent directly from the referrer to Rebecca Tabasky at
6) A recent academic transcript (unofficial copies accepted)

To Apply for the 2011-2012 Academic Fellowship

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through 11:59 p.m. ET on November 15, 2010.  Incomplete applications and applications received after the application deadline will not be accepted or reviewed.

Applications will be completed through a combination of online webform submission, receipt of recommendation letters directly from their writers, and receipt of an academic transcript via the webform, through mail, or electronically from the institution issuing it.

Our online application webform can be found at:

Through it you will submit information and attach digital copies of application materials 1-4 (Resume/CV, personal statement, outline of proposed work, recent publication).

Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the reference to Rebecca Tabasky at

A recent academic transcript should be included either as an attachment to the webform (preferred), mailed to the Berkman Center care of Rebecca Tabasky at 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138, or sent electronically through the home institution’s channel.

If you are applying for the academic fellowship and would also like your application to be considered through our yearly open call for fellowship applications:

As noted above, the academic fellowship is one of multiple types of Berkman fellowships. If you wish to be considered for a different fellowship in the 2011-2012 academic year should you not be selected for the academic fellowship, there will be a section for you to complete in the webform portion of the application.  While the academic fellowship is stipended and includes the benefits listed above, many Berkman Center fellowships are not funded, and the benefits and administrative determinations vary. The receipt of the additional information from you will help us to evaluate your application in the context of our review of applications through our annual open call.

If you are not applying for the academic fellowship, but would like to apply for a Berkman fellowship through our annual open call for fellowship applications:

Please find more information and application instructions at

If you have questions about our fellowship program:

Please check out our fellowship program FAQ where you might find an answer.  If you have questions beyond our FAQ, please contact Rebecca Tabasky at

Last updated

November 16, 2010