DLI Fellowships & Programs 


2022 | DLI Postdoctoral Fellowships

Cornell Tech’s Digital Life Initiative (DLI) invites applications for its 2022 Fellowship class. This year, we are recruiting for two Fellowship positions:

  • Technology Law and Policy Fellowship

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship


Working alongside and complementing an outstanding, multidisciplinary community of DLI Postdoctoral Fellows, Doctoral Fellows, Visitors, and Faculty, new Fellows will pursue research in, and policy approaches to, a range of urgent topics including but not limited to privacy and surveillance, platform governance, transparency, content moderation, algorithmic discrimination, digital political economy, information control and freedom, fundamental rights, digital inequality, network regulation, and security.

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DLI Associate Director

The Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech, one of the campus’ most significant multi-stakeholder multi-disciplinary initiatives, focuses on ethics, policy, politics, and quality of life in digital societies. It spans a range of issues and topics, such as privacy, justice, and accountability and it fully respects the contributions and methods of multiple disciplines, including computing and information sciences, humanities, and social sciences. It is dedicated to furthering knowledge and understanding as well as helping to shape technology, regulation, law, and human behavior toward more just institutions and human welfare. Its research and impact are critically important to the internal and public identity of the Cornell Tech campus. We seek to fill this position with someone who is as devoted to these ends as we are. The DLI Associate Director will build the DLI alongside PI Nissenbaum and other key DLI personnel, focusing on strategy, development, organization-building, and research project management. Second to the faculty director, this individual will be the most senior administrator on the DLI team.

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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

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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

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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 >


Other Opportunities


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 >