Programs

Fellows Program

About

The Center for Information Technology Policy Fellows Program offers scholars and practitioners from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to join the Center’s community. The goals of this fully-funded, in-residence program are to support people doing important research and policy engagement related to the Center’s mission and to enrich the Center’s intellectual life. Fellows typically will conduct research with members of the Center’s community and engage in the Center’s public programs. The Fellows Program provides freedom to pursue projects of interest and a stimulating intellectual environment. Application review will begin in the middle of December, and we welcome applications from anyone working at the intersection of digital technology and public life. In this application cycle, we especially welcome applicants with interests in: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Cryptography.

There are three tracks to the Fellows Program:

Fellows Program, Postdoctoral track

The postdoctoral track of the CITP Fellows Program is for people that have recently received a Ph.D. in fields such as computer science, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, information science, communication, philosophy, and related technology disciplines. In this application cycle, we especially welcome applicants with interests in: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Cryptography. Selected candidates will be appointed at the postdoctoral research associate or more senior research rank. These are typically 12-month appointments, commencing on or about September 1, 2022 and can be renewed for a second-year contingent on performance and continued funding. Fellows in the postdoctoral track are not required or expected to teach, but if they wish, they may have the option of teaching. Teaching opportunities are subject to sufficient course enrollments and the approval of the Dean of the Faculty.

Postdoctoral track requirements:

  • Both CITP and Princeton University place high value on in-person collaborations and interactions, and we expect selected candidates to participate in-person research at CITP.
  • Ph.D is expected.

Postdoctoral track application process: 

Applicants must apply online at here. Candidates are encouraged to apply by the start of review date Wednesday, December 15, 2021 11:59 PM EST for full consideration. Applications will be accepted after the start of the review date but will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Three references are required (contact information only) and will be contacted only if the candidate is shortlisted.

Fellows Program, Visiting Professionals track

The Visiting Professionals track of the CITP Fellows Program is for professionals—academics and practitioners—who will be on leave from their permanent job. For example, in the past we have hosted professors on sabbatical and journalists on leaves from their newspapers. These are typically 9-month appointments, commencing on or about September 1, 2022. Their primary appointment will be at the rank of “Visiting Research Scholar” or “Visiting Professional Specialist” depending on experience.

Visiting professional track requirements:

  • Both CITP and Princeton University place high value on in-person collaborations and interactions, and we expect selected candidates to participate in-person research at CITP.
  • Advanced degree such as M.A., Ph.D. or J.D.
  • Applicants must be on leave from another institution. If you are selected, we will require documentation from your home institution stating that you are on leave during your entire appointment period while here at CITP.

Visiting professional track application process:

Applicants must apply online here. Candidates are encouraged to apply by the start of review date Wednesday, December 15, 2021 11:59 PM EST for full consideration. Applications will be accepted after the start of the review date but will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Please submit a current curriculum vitae, a research statement, and a cover letter describing your background, interest in the program, and salary requirements, noting any support you will be receiving during that period, such as sabbatical funding. Selected candidates will be asked to indicate, or provide written authorization for Princeton to confirm, what percentage of financial support their home institution and other sources are likely to provide during their visit, if any, and to submit a confidential statement indicating salary for the current academic year (September 2022 – July 1, 2023) or provide written authorization for Princeton to confirm their salary.

Fellows Program, Microsoft Visiting Professor track

The Microsoft Visiting Professor track of the CITP’s Fellows Program is for visiting academics who are nationally or internationally recognized experts in technology policy. Appointments are typically for a term of up to nine months with an expected start date in September 2022. The Microsoft Visiting Professor will be expected to teach one course related to their research during their 9-month term, subject to sufficient enrollments and with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty. Fellows in the Microsoft Visiting Professor track will carry the title of Microsoft Visiting (Assistant/Associate) Professor in the semester of teaching. Their primary appointment will be at the rank of “Visiting Research Scholar” or “Visiting Professional Specialist” depending on experience. Typically, there will be one Microsoft Visiting Professor per year.

Microsoft Visiting Professor track requirements:

  • Both CITP and Princeton University place high value on in-person collaborations and interactions, and we expect selected candidates to participate in-person at CITP.
  • Ph.D. or J.D.
  • Nationally or internationally recognized expert in technology policy.
  • Applicants must be on leave from another institution. If you are selected, we will require documentation from your home institution stating that you are on leave during your entire appointment period while here at CITP.

Microsoft Visiting Professor application process:

Applicants must apply online here. Candidates are encouraged to apply by the start of review date Wednesday, December 15, 2021 11:59 PM EST for full consideration. Applications will be accepted after the start of the review date but will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Please submit a current curriculum vitae, a research statement, and a cover letter describing your background, interest in the program, and salary requirements, noting any support you will be receiving during that period, such as sabbatical funding. Please include a description of a course you would like to teach in either your cover letter or your research statement. Selected candidates will be asked to indicate, or provide written authorization for Princeton to confirm, what percentage of financial support their home institution and other sources are likely to provide during their visit, if any, and to submit a confidential statement indicating salary for the current academic year (September 2022 – July 1, 2023) or provide written authorization for Princeton to confirm their salary.

Fellows Program, Emerging Scholars

Information about the Emerging Scholars Program is located at this link.

News About Activities of Current and Past Felllows

Former CITP researcher Paul Schmitt has a “Simple Software Fix to Limit Location Data Sharing.”

Former CITP fellow Barton Gellman ’82 is featured in episode one, season two of Cookies Tech Security & Privacy. Gellman discusses his own privacy habits and why he doesn’t trust ordinary email or text messages, but also why he’s unable to give up carrying a smart phone despite its ability to track our movements.

Current and Past Fellows

2021-22:
Shazeda Ahmed, Kenia Hale, Klaudia Jazwinska, Lauren Kilgour, Arunesh Mathur, Orestis Papakryiakopoulos, Sergey Sanovich, Sarah Scheffler, Christelle Tessono, and Elizabeth Watkins

2020-21:
Shaanan Cohney, Ashley Gorham, Arunesh Mathur, Orestis Papakryiakopoulos, Sergey Sanovich, Paul Schmitt, Carsten Schwemmer, Elizabeth Watkins

2019-20:
Kevin Borgolte, Shaanan Cohney, Ashley Gorham, Danny Huang, David Johnson, Madelyn Sanfilippo, Sergey Sanovich, Paul Schmitt, Carsten Schwemmer, Yan Shvartzshnaider, Ari Waldman, Annette Zimmermann

2018-19:
Gunes Acar, Kevin Borgolte, Barton Gellman, Danny Huang, Kathryn Kleiman, Hans Klein, Guilherme Martins, Nathan Matias, Madelyn Sanfilippo, Paul Schmitt, Yan Shvarzshnaider, Ben Zevenbergen, Annette Zimmermann

2017-18:
Lefteris (Jason) Anastasopoulos, Aylin Caliskan, Roya Ensafi, KY Hong, Joel Reidenberg, Srikanth Sundaresan, Philipp Winters, Elana Zeide

2016-17:
Aylin Caliskan, Roya Ensafi, Brett Frischmann, Bart Gellman, Seda Gurses, Katherine Haenschen, KY Hong, Joel Reidenberg, Philipp Winter

2015-16:
Hadi Asghari, Peter Asaro, Solon Barocas, Joanna Bryson, Vaibhav Garg, Seda Gurses, Homero Gil de Zuniga William Hudson, Young Mie Kim, Eren Kursun, David Levine, Andrea Matwyshyn, Yong Jin Park

2014-15:
Peter Asaro, Solon Barocas, Joseph Bonneau, Roya Ensafi, Dipayan Ghosh, Alex Halderman, David Levine, Lisa Lynch, Andrea Matwyshyn, Helen Nissenbaum, Joel Reidenberg, David Ribes, Raul Rojas

2013-14:
Solon Barocas, Joseph Bonneau, Alex Halderman, Jared Ho, Merlyna Lim, Jeffrey Tignor, Diego Vicentin

2012-13:
Josh Gottheimer, Alex Halderman, Philip Howard, Gina Neff, Steven Roosa, Bjarne Stroustrup, Jeffrey Tignor, Zeynep Tufekci

2011-12:
Nicholas Bramble, Annemarie Bridy, Benedicte Callen, Alex Halderman, Philip Howard, Ronald Hedges, Bart Huffman, Andrew McLaughlin, Steven Roosa, Christopher Wong, Zhifeng Yang

2010-11:
Susan Crawford, Alex Halderman, Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Ronald Hedges, Adrian Hong, Ronaldo Lemos da Silva, Fengming Liu, Rebecca MacKinnon, Phillip Napoli, Russ Neuman, Frank Pasquale, Steven Roosa, Wendy Seltzer

2009-10:
Devin Desai, Jens Grossklags, Alex Halderman, Joseph Lorenzo Hall, James Katz, David Lukens, Rebecca MacKinnon

2008-09:
Grayson Barber, Alex Halderman, Pablo Hinojosa, Edward Tenner

Frequently Asked Questions

How do the different tracks compare to each other?
Here’s a summary table, please see each position for more information.

Category Degree requirements Teaching In-residence Other requirements
Postdoctoral track Recent Ph.D. Optional with approval Yes Must provide proof of Ph.D.
Visiting professional track Advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D., J.D., M.A.) Optional with approval Yes Must provide documentation of leave from home institution at the time of appointment
Microsoft Visiting Professor track Ph.D. or J.D. Expected 1 course Yes Must provide documentation of leave from home institution at the time of appointment

Can I apply to more than one track?
Yes.

Are fellows on the visiting professionals track expected or required to teach?
No.

Are fellows on the Microsoft Visiting Professor track expected to teach?
Yes. If you are interested in becoming a fellow but don’t want to teach, you can consider the visiting professional track.

Is the Microsoft Visiting Professor position open to all faculty ranks?
Yes.

CITP is committed to building a culturally diverse community, and we are interested in receiving applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in this field. If you have any questions about these position or the application process, please feel free to contact us at . All offers and appointments are subject to review and approval by the Dean of the Faculty.

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