The Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for practitioners at the intersection of responsible technology development to explore multidisciplinary approaches to maximizing the societal benefits of emerging technologies while minimizing the harms.

In recent years, dilemmas posed by rapid technological innovation have become more complex and acute. The TAPP Fellowship, crafted in response to the greater need to train people to carry out multidisciplinary tech policy and practitioner analysis in both government and industry, is open to individuals from all disciplines with a demonstrated interest in tech and public purpose in their work. Fellows are appointed for a one-year term and are part of a cohort responsible for conducting research in a tech and public purpose field, such as improving digital media, managing the geopolitics of technology, designing ethical AI and biotech, improving the alignment of new forms of work with human fulfillment, and in general shaping technological progress to enhance public purposes.


We are searching for fellows with a few important qualifications.

1. Applicants should have significant professional experience and subject matter knowledge in their respective domain—whether that be science, technology, policy, investing, or advocacy.?? 

Core to our model is that fellows will be able to learn from each other. Fellows should know the ins and outs of their field enough to bring and share that knowledge throughout the fellowship. Ideal candidates may be?current or former Congressional staffers, policy professionals, investors, software engineers, product managers, or civil society advocates.

2. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to, or interest in, tech and public purpose through their current or previous work.? 

Fellows should feel passionate about addressing topics in technology and public purpose, and should be able to clearly articulate thoughtful, relevant research areas in which they hope to have impact.

?3. Applicants should be self-starters who are confident in leading personal projects and conducting independent research.  

Fellows are expected to work on an individual project throughout their 9-month appointment. Though TAPP and the wider Harvard ecosystem will be able to provide resources and support, much of the project definition, progress and outcomes will be led by the fellows themselves. Applicants should have previous experience developing and executing project plans with clear outputs.

Other requirements include:   

  • Applicant(s) must be fluent in English.
  • Applicant(s) must be able to make a full-time (35 hours/week) commitment to the fellowship program the duration of the 2022-2023 academic year, and be able to reside in person in Cambridge, MA during that time.
  • Fellow(s) must have legal status to work and reside in the United States.

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