DLI Fellowships & Programs
DLI Industry Affiliates Program
The Digital Life Initiative’s (DLI) scholarship and influence thrives off strong engagement with industry partners. Leaders from industry, academia, nonprofit and government look to DLI for guidance on issues ranging from privacy and cybersecurity to AI ethics. We invite organizations from any field to join us as DLI Affiliates, supporting our mission to shape the future of digital societies by caring about its deep impacts on ethical and political values and the quality of life. Affiliation with DLI signals:
Commitment to ethics
Connection with leading experts
Centrality of research
DLI Visiting Fellowships
The DLI is now inviting applications from visitors to join our growing community of scholars, researchers, practitioners and innovators in exploring ethics, policy, politics and quality of life within prevailing socio-technical systems. DLI can accommodate visits of variable length, and welcomes applicants (on a rolling basis) from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including:
Faculty members and industry professionals on leave (e.g., sabbatical), government employees, journalists, law graduates, ABDs with work experience in related fields, and recent Ph.D. graduates specializing in computer and information science, data science, social science, philosophy, media studies, and public policy. Interested applicants are invited to submit (i) a short paragraph outlining their intended research and its alignment to DLI, (ii) a recent CV, and (iii) the approximate dates for their intended visit to Jessie Taft (), with the subject line ‘DLI Visiting Fellowships’ included.
Visiting Fellows are selected based on general fit with the DLI's goals, and on shared interest with DLI and Cornell Tech community members. Please note that fellowships are self-funded; this is not a paid position. International applications are welcome, but Cornell Tech is not able to sponsor visas for these fellowships.
DLI Doctoral Fellowships
Fostering mutual learning and interdisciplinary exchange, the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech was launched in 2017 to focus on ethical, political, policy and quality of life issues relating to digital and information systems. Fellows will focus on societal issues relating to the technical projects in which they are immersed, and the intellectual approaches needed for tackling them in an informed and rigorous manner. They will participate actively in the weekly Digital Life Seminar, comprising a series of multidisciplinary presentations from guest speakers at the vanguard of socio-technical critique and investigation. Read more >
2021 | DLI Postdoctoral Fellowships
[Applications Closed] The Digital Life Initiative (DLI) is excited to invite applications for its 2021 postdoctoral research fellowship supporting research in ethics, politics, and quality of life in digital societies, focusing on issues such as algorithmic decision systems, unfair discrimination, privacy, AI and ethics, and platform governance. For this unique opportunity to conduct research alongside ethicists, computer scientists, legal and policy researchers, data scientists, media studies researchers and social scientists, we welcome applicants from across the disciplinary spectrum. For one of the positions, interest in contextual integrity is a plus. Applications will be evaluated starting Monday, January 15, 2021, and reviewed until positions are filled. Read more >
2021 | DLI Technology Law and Policy Fellowship
[Applications Closed] Cornell Tech’s Digital Life Initiative is excited to announce that it is now recruiting for a newly created Fellowship in Technology Law and Policy. The Tech Law Fellow will augment DLI’s research and educational mission, examining digital life through the lens of ethics, politics, and quality of life.
With guidance from DLI Director Helen Nissenbaum and Professor James Grimmelmann, the Tech Law Fellow will actively develop and pursue timely legal and policy responses to impending controversies and key decisions arising from the development and deployment of digital technologies. The Tech Law Fellow will work alongside and complement an outstanding, multidisciplinary community of DLI Postdoctoral Fellows, Doctoral Fellows, Visitors, and Faculty. Although academic publication is an element of this position, the primary responsibility will be to pursue legal and policy approaches to urgent topics including but not limited to privacy and surveillance, platform governance, transparency, content moderation, algorithmic discrimination, digital political economy, network regulation, and security.
Call for participation: 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation
In the Spring of 2020, as we were in full force preparing the 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation, COVID-19 was recognized by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, which led us to postpone indefinitely. Today we are pleased to announce that the 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation will finally take place online on May 4 and 7th, 2020. Everyone is welcome to participate, with or without submission. Please visit www.obfuscationworkshop.org to register and for other details! More info >
2021 Congressional Innovation Scholars Program
The Congressional Innovation Scholars fellowship program will place you among the top tech decision makers in the United States government at a time when technology is reshaping society in fundamental ways. Even if you've never considered working in government, the Congressional Innovation Scholars program will allow you to make change at the highest levels and at a scale unparalleled in the private or public sectors. Applications for the 2021 Scholars Program are now open and will close at 11:59 pm ET on February 5, 2021. More info >
2021 International Conference on Public Policy
DLI Postdoc Fellow Ido Sivan-Sevilla is excited to be chairing a panel at the 5th International Conference on Public Policy in Barcelona, and is calling for papers. “We invite papers seeking to advance research on the drivers of public policy outcomes (or non-outcomes) to govern digital risks, focusing on the political dynamics, interest groups, institutional dynamics, and ideational theories. We encourage papers that adopt a comparative approach to policy analysis (Peters and Fontaine, 2020) and seek to explain any kind of policy variation over time, across nations, or among sectors. We specifically do not want to limit papers to investigate a certain policy level and welcome research on the municipal, state, federal, or supra-national levels of policymaking.” More info >