To make Berkman Klein fellowships a possibility for as wide a range of applicants as possible, in the 2017-2018 academic year we will award a small number of stipends to incoming fellows selected through our open call for applications. This funding is intended to support people from communities who:
(1) Are underrepresented in fields related to Internet and society,
(2) will contribute to the diversity of the Berkman Klein Center’s research and activities, and
(3) who have financial need.
Stipends and stipend amounts will be negotiated with selected fellows on a case-by-case basis in the context of our review of the 2017-2018 fellows cohort. The funding awarded is expected to supplement any other independent funding secured by fellows to help make living in the Cambridge area and actively participating in our community possible.
The Berkman Klein Center is committed to ensuring that our research and activities are crafted by and for a wide range of constituencies, and it is important that we actively develop, embody, and support a diverse and inclusive network of scholars, activists, and practitioners. We seek to embrace differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, disability, discipline, method, approach, and much more – uniting them with the open, inquisitive, and rigorous Berkman Klein Center culture. Our efforts to protect and advance the public interest have been powered by our network, and our capacity to support understandings and change is possible thanks to such wide-ranging participation in our research.
Recipients of these stipends will have no additional expectations or obligations of their work with the Center beyond the community participation and contributions expected of all Berkman Klein fellows. Opting into consideration for a stipend will not impact the Berkman Klein Center’s review of your candidacy for a fellowship. More about our overall fellowship selection process may be found in our fellowship FAQ.
Please find information from Harvard University about fellowship stipends and payments here.
To be Considered for This Funding
Fellowship applicants who wish to be considered for this funding should submit all application materials as instructed in the open call for applications. Within the application tracker system they will be asked to indicate the amount of funding requested, and will have an additional two questions to answer. The questions are listed below, and responses should be up to 250 words:
- How does your personal background inform and influence your research?
- In conjunction with a stipend from the Berkman Klein Center, how do you plan to support yourself during the term of your fellowship? In answering this question, please describe non-Berkman Klein funding or employment that might support you during your fellowship and provide other information that would allow us to assess your need for funding. We understand that you may not know what the outcomes of any such efforts will be at the time of answering this question.