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American Democracy & Technology Policy Translation Fellowship

The McCain Institute at Arizona State University is a nonpartisan organization that fights for democracy, advances human rights, and empowers character-driven leadership around the world. The McCain Institute seeks a one-year American Democracy & Technology Policy Translation Fellow to advance thought leadership and policy advocacy via a specific project to engage leaders, communicators, analysts, technologists, policymakers, and others in advancing and translating big ideas to transform democracy and technology in America.

Over 12 months, the fellow will propose and execute a specific project, leveraging a collaborative mindset and comprehensive skillset, to identify and apply emerging research and technological innovations to promote democracy and protect rights in the face of technological challenges, mis- and dis-information, and efforts to undermine American democratic norms and institutions.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should review the scholarship supported by the Knight Research Network and prepare a specific proposal for a 12-month project, using the Knight Research Network scholarship as the basis for the project proposal.

Project proposals should be designed to achieve one or ideally more of these objectives:

  1. Expanded research and policy recommendations on how technology, particularly AI, can improve American democracy.
  2. Deepened engagement with stakeholders to promote policies that support U.S. democracy and protect human rights in the digital age. 
  3. Enhanced public awareness and understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by technology in our democracy.

The fellow will work entrepreneurially with the McCain Institute’s Democracy team to advance projects in the service of the McCain Institute’s charter as well as ASU’s mission to foster democracy, human rights, and character-driven leadership.

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Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and six years of relevant work experience; OR completion of a graduate degree program in a relevant field, e.g. technology sector, tech and democracy policy, law, business, anytime within the last seven years, and two years of work experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

Fellows will be provided a $100,000 year stipend to support this work. 

This position is eligible for a hybrid work environment with a preference to be based in Washington, D.C. 

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a proposal that lays out the project’s vision, short-term and medium-term outcome(s), as well as intended activities and metrics to measure the project’s success. The proposal should be specific as to which Knight Research Network scholarship will serve as the basis for the proposal. The proposal should be concise and total no more than four pages. Candidates must submit their proposals by Monday, April 15, 2024, by emailing [email protected].