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TPP Associate Fellows Programme 2021: FAQs

News25th February 2021

Welcome! If you haven't already seen it, start by reading our post announcing the 2021 programme.

About us

The tech revolution is one of the most important strategic issues for today’s leaders, and is therefore a central dimension of our public policy agenda.

Our Technology and Public Policy (TPP) work is about equipping leaders to master the revolution in technology – accessing its benefits and mitigating its risks. We do this by curating the key debates and generating politically actionable policy and strategy, and by convening a structured, productive dialogue between leaders in tech and in politics / policy. 

Our tech policy team is based at our HQ in Europe (London) and in regional hubs in Africa (Accra), Asia-Pacific (Singapore) and the United States (San Francisco).

You can find links to all of our work on tech policy here.

About the TPP Associate Fellows Programme

To extend our thought leadership we have established an annual programme for people with a passion for technology and public policy to work with the team in an associate role. In 2020, participants produced original research and published papers on topics including defence tech, anti-vax misinformation, clean tech and AI innovation.

This year we are looking for 10 participants who can apply their knowledge and expertise to help shape the global debate on the policy opportunities and challenges of the Web 3.0 movement and related trends. To find out more about this year's theme please read our post announcing the 2021 programme.

Participants will produce a substantial written output that addresses this theme and complements our wider policy agenda. We will provide office hours with team members to help advance the work, and a platform to publish final outputs and convene a dialogue around them.

Participants on the 2021 programme will qualify for a total stipend of £3,000 to support their work, paid in two equal instalments over the course of their project.

How big a commitment is it?

We recognise that people have different commitments and capacity to get involved, and are designing the programme to be as flexible as possible. You should be able realistically to commit 2+ days a month to work on your project, for a duration of around six months.

Where is the programme based?

This year's fellowships are virtual, with the majority of interaction and collaboration taking place online. There is no residential component in 2021.

There will be regular opportunities to engage in events and other discussions on tech policy hosted by the Institute. Where participants are invited to contribute to events as part of the programme we will cover reasonable travel costs. 

Who are we looking for?

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and all parts of the world. To get the most out of the programme we suggest applicants have the following skills and experience, or equivalent:

  • 3+ years' relevant professional experience

  • The ability to work independently and deliver to agreed timelines

  • The ability to produce clear, accessible written content

  • The ability to collaborate effectively with others 1:1 and as part of a group

What’s in it for me?

If you’re reading this then you already know that leaders around the world need help to respond to the challenges and opportunities of new technologies. In addition to the stipend we pay to support your work, the programme is a chance to be part of the change we want to make in the world. 

From a personal and professional perspective, fellowships are an opportunity to: 

  • Raise your public profile through published work / projects 

  • Grow your professional network in and around technology policy 

  • Gain an official affiliation with the Institute 

  • Engage closely with our policy experts around the globe

Next steps

If you are interested in joining this year's TPP Associate Fellows Programme please tell us about yourself and pitch us your project idea using this short application form.

Applications must be received by 23:59 GMT on Monday 15 March 2021.

If we would like to explore your idea further then you will hear from us via email by the end of March. Practical arrangements will be confirmed and the first projects commenced shortly after.

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