Center for Technology and Society Belfer Fellowship

The Center for Technology and Society (CTS), part of the Anti-Defamation League, was founded in 2017 to ensure justice and fair treatment for all in the digital age. As part of a 104 year-old civil rights organization, CTS draws from over a century of fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds. CTS works in partnership with private technology companies, government, academia, and non-profit groups to develop strategies and practical solutions for today’s cyber challenges.

Applications are now open for the Belfer Fellowships at CTS. The Belfer Fellowship was established to support innovative research and thought-leadership on combatting online hate and harassment for all. Fellows will be drawn from areas like the technology community, academia, and media to push innovation, research and knowledge development. They will embark on projects that align with CTS’s mission, like studying new areas of the online hate ecosystem and providing recommendations for industry, government, and civil society to promote respectful and inclusive digital environments and reduce the spread of toxicity online.

We invite prospective Fellows interested in studying the online hate ecosystem to submit research proposals. Past Fellows have focused on the ways that emergent technologies and social media platforms are harnessed to proliferate online hate, studied the impact of hate on communities, and explored specific ways that could mitigate the spread of toxic content on the internet. Fellows may also be invited to write about and contribute to priority CTS projects, such as our ongoing work on machine learning for automating the detection of online hate and using data science and data visualization to help the public understand the online hate ecosystem.

Belfer Fellows will be selected by ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and CTS VP Dave Sifry in consultation with the Belfer Family. Fellows’ honoraria will range from $25,000-$50,000, depending on the time commitment and scope of work. Fellowship appointments are for one year. There will be an annual meeting of the fellows, to share research findings and strategize about wider applications of their projects.

You can read more about our 2019-20 and 2018-19 cohort of Fellows in the respective links.

Application deadline is March 31st, 2020.