DLI Fellowships & Programs 

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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 >


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.

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.

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following materials via the Visiting Fellowship Application Form.

  1. A document of no more than 1 page in length outlining their intended research and its alignment to the DLI

  2. A recent CV or resume

  3. The approximate dates of their visit


Other Opportunities


Call for participation: 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation [Closed]


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 [Closed]


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 [Closed]


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 >