Applications Close 13.1 2020. The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) envisions digital technologies supporting rather than subverting democracy by maximizing the benefits and minimizing the threats through changes in policy, technology, and social and ethical technological norms. Each year, it brings promising new scholars to Stanford University for 1 year appointments as postdoctoral fellows, with potential for extension.
Applications encouraged from candidates representing a broad range of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, law, computer science and engineering.
Each fellow will be affiliated with the Program on Democracy and the Internet and potentially a department or school at Stanford University. Each fellow will collaborate with one of the PDI faculty on PDI research relevant to their field of study and current line of scholarship. The fellows will spend 20 percent of their time working on their own research and 80 percent assisting in the research of one of the PDI directors. For examples of past work, see the publications page. In addition, fellows may be asked to coordinate speaker series and seminars.
The annual fellowship stipend is $67,000, plus the standard benefits that postdoctoral fellows at Stanford University receive, including health insurance and travel funds. The fellowship program falls under U.S. Immigration J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa activities.
PDI is a joint initiative of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) and the Cyber Policy Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.