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Fellowship Opportunity: Academic Fellowship

Update: The application period for the academic fellowship has closed.  If you wish to submit an application for the general call for fellows (deadline December 31, 2009), please find more information here.

Call for Academic Fellowship Applications

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University seeks an academic to join the community as fellow for the 2010-2011 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 focused opportunity for the production of such works as articles, books, and other considerable contributions to our understanding of cyberspace.

Beyond executing the plan proposed by the fellow, interaction with, support from, and contributions to the fellows and Berkman Center communities play a vital part of the academic fellowship experience.

Qualifications: 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 for the academic year. Access to Harvard University resources, including health benefits and library and ID privileges, are also provided.

About the Berkman Fellowship Program: The Berkman Center hosts a robust and diverse community of fellows in Cambridge, MA. 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 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.

Application Materials:
1.) A concise yet comprehensive outline for a research and writing project to be conducted over the course of the fellowship. We are particularly interested in knowing how your project will relate to and interact with ongoing Berkman research projects and subject areas.
2.) A curriculum vitae.
3.) Recent academic transcripts.
4.) Two letters of reference, including contact information
5.) A digital copy in English of either your most recent publication or any other piece of your work that is related to Internet research. URLs for online copies of such material are preferred.

To apply: Please batch and email the application materials to Berkman Community Coordinator Rebecca Tabasky at Please make the subject of your email ‘Academic Fellowship Application’.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, November 30, 2009.

Questions:Please email questions about the academic fellowship or the Berkman Center fellowship program to Rebecca Tabasky at

Please note: Other fellowship opportunities -- for not only academics, but also researchers, practitioners, technologists, scholars, and more -- are open for the 2010-2011 academic year as part of our general, yearly open application process with an application deadline of December 31, 2009.  If you or someone else has an idea you'd like to explore with the Berkman Center in this context, please check out information about the fellows program!

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