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FULLY FUNDED : Apply for the CDT research fellowship in United States

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking a Research Fellow to help lead a new CDT project that examines how content moderation systems, including the application of artificial intelligence tools, operate in non-English contexts, particularly in “low resource” and indigenous languages of the Majority World.

More specifically, with regional partners, the Research Fellow will examine content moderation systems for select languages and platforms in (1) South America, (2) Sub-Saharan Africa, and (3) South or Southeast Asia. Platforms can include social media and other online services such as online dating, gaming, live-streaming, etc. Working with partners, the Fellow will help identify relevant language groups and online services.

The Fellow will also design and lead research under this project, with potential activities including but not limited to:

  • Semi-structured interviews with industry representatives or experts familiar with selected online services and vendors of content moderation tools.
  • Focus groups with different types of end users of online services in selected languages.
  • Workshops with NLP and LLM researchers focused on the selected languages.
  • Publishing a series of research reports and shorter-form writing and presentations aimed at policy-makers, industry, and civil society.

The position also offers opportunities to research other emerging technology policy issues relevant to CDT, and to collaborate with CDT’s networks of external academics and partners.

This is a two-year full-time Fellowship, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funds.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of CDT’s Research team, informing its policy agenda and contributing to cutting edge tech policy dialogue in the U.S., EU, and around the world.

Fields of Study

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Law
  • Library and Information Science
  • Library and Information Science
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy


Only applications that adhere to the provided guidelines, including all required information submitted via the application form, will be considered.

Don't miss the application deadline, which is 11th November 2023.

Additional Information

Host Institution
Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
Event Duration
2 Years
Program Type
Fully Funded
Program Benefits
The annual compensation for this position ranges from $75,000 to $100,000
Eligibility Criteria
- A Bachelor's or Master's degree in a relevant field, such as computer/information science, engineering, economics, public policy, law, media or communication studies, political science, or equivalent credentials and experience (such as work on the use of AI for content moderation at a company), plus at least five years of professional experience.

- Knowledge on how to apply a variety of research techniques.

- Working knowledge of multidisciplinary teams.

- Excellent writing abilities for lay, technical, and policy audiences.

- Sincere interest combined with a creative approach to the planning and execution of study.
Eligible Countries
All Countries

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