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2020 Assembly Fellowship Application



The Assembly Fellowship is an intensive non-residential four-month fellowship, which gathers a small cohort of technologists, managers, policymakers, and other professionals to explore emerging problems related to disinformation from a cybersecurity perspective. The Assembly Fellowship was co-developed with the MIT Media Lab; this year, it is hosted by the Berkman Klein Center.


The cohort will learn together, with other Assembly: Disinformation participants, and with the Berkman Klein Center community. The core of the Fellowship is focused on building projects. The group will divide into teams to create collaborative provocations or prototypes that offer tangible ways to better understand, counter, and draw attention to disinformation campaigns and the disinformation landscape. 


Assembly: Disinformation is organized around three tracks with a common thematic focus: the Assembly Forum, the Assembly Fellowship, and the Assembly Student Fellowship. This application is for the Assembly Fellowship. The three tracks are designed to draw upon each other’s expertise, work, and communities – in disinformation, media policy, intermediaries and platforms, cybersecurity, and other relevant areas – bringing together students, experts from the field, and technologists to better understand, and make progress on, the complex issues of disinformation and foreign interference. 

Learn more about last year's Assembly Fellowship projects and cohort, and read more about last year's program.



We are looking for professionals who have experience and interest in approaching disinformation from a cybersecurity perspective, as well as experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • business models,

  • communications,

  • data science,

  • development,

  • ethics,

  • media,

  • policy / law,

  • project management, or

  • other relevant skills.


Fellows must be willing to dedicate significant time and energy to the program, and be enthusiastic about collaborating across disciplines and sectors. 



The program will take place from late February 2020 - May 2020. 


Time: Participants are expected to participate full-time for the first two weeks of the program, and to dedicate about 15 hours per week for the remaining twelve weeks of the program.


Location: In-person attendance in Cambridge is required for the first two weeks, a few times throughout the program, and for the final few days. For the remaining twelve weeks, in-person attendance is encouraged and has shown to be most successful, but it is not required. Regardless of location, participants must be accessible and available to collaborate with their teams.


Stipend: Participants will receive a $2,500 stipend. The Assembly Fellowship stipend could be taxable, depending on individual circumstances. Harvard University is not able to provide specific personal tax advice. All participants will be responsible for their own tax reporting.


Other considerations: In order to join the Assembly cohort, participants must sign a Contributor License Agreement that enables the release of Assembly products under open source licenses and confirms that their employer does not own or have rights to their Assembly contributions.


International applicants: We welcome applications from international participants who already are sponsored to be in the United States, and whose status allows them to engage in collaborative research and to receive reimbursement. Applicants with ESTA status or B visas are not eligible. We work with the Harvard International Office to support international applicants and participants. 


The application form has three parts: 1) applicant information, 2) application questions, 3) resume & references. It is due by Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 9 PM ET. 


Thank you for applying! We look forward to reading your application.

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