Summer Research Fellowship 2018

Do research with impact this summer with Technology Science @ Harvard!


The Technology Science Team, led by Harvard Professor Latanya Sweeney, is hosting high-achieving summer research fellows to work on projects that expose the unforeseen consequences of technology. Fellows will tackle problems in the public interest such as privacy, election integrity, consumer protection, discrimination, and first amendment rights –how does technology complicate these issues?

Former Technology Science fellows and students have successfully identified vulnerabilities in voter registration websites, helped change Facebook’s data collection policies, pushed health insurance companies to examine their reporting requirements, and exposed the “Tiger Mom Tax” from Princeton Review’s SAT tutoring service. These issues sit at the intersection of technology and society.

Technology is accelerating and disrupting social and public policy. Research and public policy need to accelerate too. Come join our team!



As a Fellow you will have the opportunity to work on the following projects:

  • Write apps and scripts that redirect data from existing wearables to private data repositories. This is part of a platform called myDataCan that allows individuals to access, control, and use their own personal data through a secure and doubly encrypted data service

  • Build a tool to uncover any efforts of misinformation campaigns through internet ads. Develop software to track the political and non-political ads individuals receive

  • Identify data subjects in health data believed to be anonymous using publicly available data and data science methods

  • Increase Journal of Technology Science outreach and build functionalities into the journal's website, such as a mobile-friendly design, search functionality, and DOI/Cross-Ref citations



Basic qualifications:

  • Strong academic background in undergraduate or graduate studies

  • Basic social science knowledge (e.g. economics, political science, sociology), public policy, statistics, or computer science

  • Previous research experience in data collection and analysis techniques from coursework or employment

  • Ability to work independently and in team settings

  • Strong communication and writing skills in producing research reports

Other qualifications:

  • Programming knowledge in data analysis, visualization, web scraping and design (any language)


Logistics & Compensation

We offer a stipend of $5000 for the 10-week program and a travel stipend of up to $500. Housing will be provided on Harvard campus at no additional cost. Summer Research Fellows should plan to be on-campus for the 10 weeks between June 4, 2018 – August 10, 2018.



We are no longer accepting applications. Please check back next spring for application instructions.


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