Call for Applicants: Digital Civil Society Lab Non-Resident Fellowship Program [Stanford University]

Due Date: 28.9 2018. Open to social sector leaders, ages 18 or older, committed to undertake a year-long project in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Social norms and practices that promote safe and ethical data collection, generation, and use
  2. Software and hardware designed for the values and interest of civil society actors
  3. Organizational practices that align with civil society missions and protect institutional independence from markets or governments
  4. Legal practices and regulatory frames that protect the building blocks of civil society, including free association, speech, and privacy

Fellowship Projects must be designed to:

  • address a challenge of safe, ethical, and effective digital data governance or practice that is common to nonprofits and civic associations globally
  • produce a prototype, draft or complete product in one year
  • benefit from access to scholarship and researchers
  • have a plausible plan for post-fellowship implementation and support
  • be shareable and open for discussion, adaptation, promotion and reuse during and after the fellowship period

For the 2019 Fellowship year, 3-5 fellows will be selected. Within this cohort, one fellow will be chosen to work specifically on a project designed by the Lab to focus on digital policy issues and civil society infrastructure. The other Fellows are responsible for designing, proposing, and implementing projects of their own choice.

Fellowship Obligations:

  • contribute a final written report, video or audio interview, and at least two submissions to the Lab’s public-facing content channels including the Digital Impact blog, virtual roundtable series, public event series, or resource toolkit;
  • attend a week-long convening of the fellowship cohort at Stanford University in January 2019
  • engage as a cohort with the other Non-Resident Fellows as well as with the Lab’s postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and student researchers. Beyond this core team, Fellows will also have opportunities to connect with the broader Stanford research community as well as with fellowship alumni


  • Stipend of USD $20,000
  • Weeklong in-person convening of the cohort on the Stanford University campus in January 2019.
  • Travel support (up to USD $5,000) towards the January 2019 weeklong cohort convening, as well as additional campus visits, conference presentations, or other project-related trips as appropriate.
  • Access to the Digital Civil Society Lab’s network of partners.
  • Promotion of the project via the Lab’s public-facing communications channels, including Digital Impact.
  • Mentorship from Lab directors and access to Fellowship alumni from previous cohorts.

NOTE: Candidates from outside the United States are responsible for acquiring and securing their own visas.

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