Student Fellowship Application
ASSEMBLY STUDENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM INFORMATION
The Assembly Student Fellowship is a space for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students interested in disinformation to build community across disciplines, to engage with faculty working on the cutting edge of related issues, and to integrate skills and knowledge from different fields to tackle complex problems as part of a diverse team. The Assembly Student Fellowship is an evolution of last year's successful Techtopia program.
In fall 2019, the Berkman Klein Center is launching Assembly: Disinformation. Assembly is taking up disinformation in the digital public sphere from a cybersecurity perspective, exploring the challenges and prospective upside of potential public and private sector responses to disinformation and related problems of foreign election interference. Assembly: Disinformation brings together disinformation and cybersecurity expertise, innovative approaches to cross-sectoral partnerships, and thoughtful interdisciplinary programming, with the Berkman Klein Center's history as a convener and long view on the problems and promise of the internet.
Assembly: Disinformation is organized around three tracks: the Assembly Forum, the Assembly Student Fellowship, and the Assembly Fellowship, which are designed to bring together experts, professionals, and students to better understand, and make progress on, the complex issues of disinformation and foreign interference. The Student Fellowship track is supported by Harvard faculty and staff from across the university, including from the HBS Digital Initiative, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
The Assembly Student Fellowship is open to Harvard graduate and undergraduate students of any level. There is no degree requirement, but students should show a demonstrated interest in ethical, political, social, technical, and legal questions related to disinformation, and should be able to articulate how this program will help them pursue those interests.
We are looking for students interested in collaboratively learning about disinformation from a cybersecurity perspective. We are cultivating a vibrant, multidisciplinary community and want students who are enthusiastic about transcending boundaries between disciplines to solve challenging problems.
Timing and schedules: The Assembly Student Fellowship will run from early October 2019 through the end of the 2019-20 academic year (excluding term breaks). Student Fellows are expected to 1) attend a regular seminar series - to be held roughly every other Thursday evening, 2) to participate in collaborative group projects, and 3) join occasional events and special opportunities. The cohort's kickoff event will be held at 5:00 - 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 3rd.
Stipend: Assembly Student Fellows will receive a $1,000 annual stipend, contingent on full participation in the program. The stipend could be taxable, depending on individual circumstances. Harvard University is not able to provide specific personal tax advice. All participants will be responsible for their own tax reporting.
The application has three parts: 1) applicant information, 2) application questions - which involve reading and responding to two articles, 3) resume. It is due by Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 9 PM ET.
We look forward to reading your application.