Center for Technology and Society Belfer Fellowship

The application deadline for 2018-2019 Belfer Fellows is now past. We will be announcing the inaugural fellows soon. Please check back for updates about the 2019-2020 Belfer Fellows later this year.

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 is headquartered in Silicon Valley and works in partnership with industry, government, academia, and non-profit groups to develop smart strategies and practical solutions to today’s cyber challenges.

Applications are now open for the inaugural Belfer Fellowships at CTS. The Belfer Fellows will be crucial members of the CTS team and will be drawn from areas like the tech community, academia, and media to push innovation, research, and knowledge development. They will embark on projects that align with CTS’s mission, like promoting cyberhate awareness and digital citizenship, and will work with CTS to leverage the projects for wider social good.

Fellows will propose projects to influence public policies to promote the positive role emergent technologies can play in protecting civil rights, freedom of speech and democratic values. Fellows will participate in coalition-based advocacy and programming, and become leaders in informing the public on cyberhate, diversity, and civil rights advancements in the technology industry and research landscape. Fellows may also write about and contribute to priority CTS projects such as our ongoing work on artificial intelligence and understanding hate speech online, using data science and data visualization to help the public understand hate crimes, building virtual reality experience to increase empathy and awareness of bias, as well as new approaches and tools to empower users to flag hateful content online.

Belfer Fellows will be selected by ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and CTS Director Brittan Heller in consultation with the Belfer Family. CTS’s Tech Advisory Board, composed of top leaders in industry, tech, and academia, may also be called upon to review projects or provide mentorship throughout the fellowship. Fellows’ honoraria will range from $25,000-$50,000, depending on the time commitment and scope of work. Fellowship appointments are for one year, with the possibility of extension for a second year. There will be an annual meeting of the fellows, to share research findings and strategize about wider applications of the projects.

Application deadline is March 1st, 2018.