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Digital Thriving Fellows Program 2024/2025

Application Deadline: May 30, 2024

Applications are now open for the inaugural Digital Thriving Fellows program for the 2024 – 2025 academic year. As a Fellow, you’ll join a supportive community of collaborators from a range of disciplines, backgrounds, and creative pursuits. 


  • Digital Thriving Fellows welcome applications from U.S.-based researchers, K-12 educators, designers, policymakers, artists, community leaders, creators, and other relevant experts with a demonstrated history, interest, and passion for advancing thriving in a technology-filled world. 


  • Funded fellowships: Funded Fellows will each receive $25k to support expenses directly related to their fellowship project (e.g., time on your project, supplies, travel and registration fees for conferences/events, etc.)  
  • Externally-funded fellowships: Applicants for these fellowships have their own funding for direct project support; these fellowships provide an opportunity to be part of a supportive intellectual community as you carry out your project. 
  • We acknowledge that these fellowships are not a full-time role; rather, we anticipate that most Fellows will maintain other employment while doing the fellowship.


  • Applications due May 30
  • Decisions June 30
  • Fellowship begins Sept 1, 2024


Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, May 30 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Materials should be sent by email to digitalthriving@gse.harvard.edu.


  • Applicant’s work aligns with the Center’s guiding values and approaches: youth-centered, equity-focused, and/or embodies critical optimism about tech
  • Areas of expertise and interests complement and extend beyond those of the Center’s current research and resources (see digitalthriving.gse.harvard.edu).
  • Engaged with emerging topics of relevance for thriving in a tech-filled world (e.g., generative AI, violent content exposure, social comparison, grief, play, joy, belonging, connection, agency)
  • Fellows’ individual identities enrich diversity of perspectives at the Center and/or represent identities beyond those of the Center’s core team


  1. A current resume or C.V.
  2. A personal statement that responds to the following three questions. Your statement can take the form of a written statement OR a short video. Regardless of format, responses to each question should be approximately 200-500 (text or spoken) words; the personal statement should not exceed 2000 words total.
    • Describe your professional background and expertise. Tell us about how your personal background and identities inform your work.
    • Describe the project you propose to carry out during a fellowship year.
      • Outline the approach you will take or methods you will use to complete the proposed project. 
      • Explain who your work serves or will serve.
      • Describe your hoped-for impact and what success might look like.
    • Why is the Center for Digital Thriving the right place for you to do this work? Please share thoughts on how your work connects with the Center for Digital Thriving’s mission, guiding values, and/or approaches.
  3. Please attach 1 – 3 work samples that are relevant to the proposed project and demonstrate your strengths, values, and the essence of your work. Samples might include written work (e.g., articles, op-eds), a podcast, a public presentation, art work, resource or tool.

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