Open Call for Fellowship Applications

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Job details


Cambridge, MA





Closing date

January 31, 2022

About the Berkman Klein Fellowship Program

“The Berkman Klein Center’s mission is to explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions. They are a research center, premised on the observation that what they seek to learn is not already recorded. Their method is to build out into cyberspace, record data as they go, self-study, and share. Their mode is entrepreneurial nonprofit.”

The Berkman Klein Center’s fellowship program provides an opportunity for innovative thinkers and changemakers to come together to hone and share ideas, find camaraderie, and spawn new initiatives. 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 their 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.

For the 2022-2023 year, a couple of the topics of interest are:

  • Regulating and Implementing Ethical AI
    How should governmental, nonprofit, and private sector organizations implement AI best practices and turn AI principles into operational realities? How might we reconcile notions of rights or harms in legal and regulatory settings with ways in which AIs are trained and formalized? How might we check if an AI system is doing what we want, whether it’s ex-ante or ex-post, whether it’s using explanations, transparency, metrics, or creating some other validation tools?
  • 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. For example, some pandemic pedagogic initiatives arguably violated the copyright laws of various nations – even as they had positive impact for those learning and perhaps little effect on existing markets for copyrighted works. BKC is interested in work that examines the ways in which copyright law and other dimensions of the legal system could be interpreted or reformed to enable the preservation and further extension of fair use broadly 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. COVID-19’s disruption to student learning has heightened and exacerbated inequalities across many dimensions in ways both expected and unanticipated. BKC invites scholars and practitioners whose work considers: a) how social, policy, or technological interventions can support equitable, high-quality learning environments; b) how we can ethically govern educational, behavioral, and personal student data and ensure data is used to benefit and harm students; and c) how sociotechnical systems can work for learners as individuals by taking into consideration their locality, social environment, identity, interests, and learning trajectory.

More details regarding this fellowship and the application process can be found here.