DLI Fellowships & Programs 


DLI Postdoc Fellowships 2023 [Open Call]

The Digital Life Initiative (DLI), at Cornell Tech in NYC, is excited to invite applications for its 2023 postdoctoral research fellowship supporting research in ethics, politics, and quality of life in digital societies, 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, demonstrated interest in contextual integrity is a plus. Read more >

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DLI Doctoral Fellowships 

Fostering mutual learning and interdisciplinary exchange, the DLI Doctoral Fellowship Program engages PhD students in systematic inquiry into ethical and political implications of digital technologies. Such inquiry centers on issues – e.g. fairness, privacy, and accountability – that concern existing and emergent digital technologies. 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. The seminar will also offer a supportive platform for Fellows to present their own works-in-progress, or the breakthrough research of others. For the 2022-23 academic year, we are excited to introduce the talented PhD students joining our community of technologists, humanists, social scientists and legal scholars. ​


DLI Civic Innovation Fellowships [Open Call]

DLI Civic Innovation Fellows connect the DLI's mission with like-minded individuals and groups in New York City, working to promote the public interest and quality of life in and through digital systems. Read more >

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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 2023-2024 RSM Visiting Scholars


Rhe Institute for Rebooting Social Media (RSM) is accepting applications from outstanding faculty members committed to improving the current state of social media for its 2023-2024 cohort of Visiting Scholars. This interdisciplinary cohort of roughly eight members will produce original research while engaging with RSM faculty, staff, scholars, fellows, students, and the broader Berkman Klein Center (BKC) and Harvard University communities. More info >


Call for Abstracts | Privacy Law Scholars Conference 2023 


The Program & Planning Committee of the Privacy Law Scholars Conference invites abstract submissions for the 16th annual conference (PLSC 2023) to be held in person on Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2, 2023 at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colorado. PLSC is a paper workshop conference. It offers no opportunity or obligation to publish. The goal is to provide support for in-progress scholarship related to information privacy law. To do so, PLSC assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars, policymakers, and practitioners who engage in scholarship. Scholars from non-law disciplines—including but not limited to surveillance studies, technology studies, feminist and queer studies, information studies, critical race studies, social sciences, humanities, and computer science—are critical participants in this interdisciplinary field. More info >