2021 Belfer Fellowship Call For Proposals

ADL’s Center for Technology and Society (CTS) is opening a call for proposals for our fourth class of Belfer Fellows. Fellows will  receive up to $50,000 in funding and additional research support for one year, with the possibility of renewal contingent on demonstrated progress. Investigators from all fields of research with a distinguished body of work are invited to submit projects. Each fellowship will conclude with a public-facing written report collaboratively created by the fellows and CTS.

Applications are now closed

This year’s fellowship seeks proposals studying one or more of the following areas as they intersect with online hate and harassment and making digital environments welcoming and inclusive spaces for all:

  • Misinformation & Disinformation 
  • Online Gaming
  • Machine Learning & Natural Language Processing
  • Extremism
  • Tech Law & Policy
  • Supporting Targets of Online Hate & Harassment 

Previous Belfer Fellows have published high-impact reports, received national press coverage, led workshops and symposia on their work, and had their findings cited in Congressional hearings on social media. Alumni have included professors, legal scholars, prominent journalists, and researchers from various domains of technology. Current fellows are documenting the lack of police department reporting protocols for swatting, researching the role of social media platforms in amplifying collective outrage, and developing customizable digital tools for content creators to address harassment online.

To find out more about CTS’s history researching and combating online hate, visit  our web page, where many past reports and research products are also available. The Belfer Fellowship program is made possible by the continued funding and support of the Robert A. and Renee E. Belfer Family Foundation.

CTS welcomes questions and inquiries about the fellowship program. Please contact cts@adl.org.