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Fellowships, Assistantships and Internships at the Internet Observatory

    Research Assistant Positions for Stanford Students
  • Research Assistant Positions for Stanford Students
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Special Projects Manager (Full-Time)

Research Assistant Positions for Stanford Students

The Internet Observatory is always open to applications from students interested in plugging in to our work. Please complete our application and we will be in touch about opportunities as they come up. Please note that if you do not hear from us it is likely because we do not have current needs for new RAs. Your application will be kept on file for two quarters and we will reach out if an opportunity arises.
Policy / Research: We look for students interested in policy research and writing on tech policy, disinformation, information operations, and other topics. Interested candidates should complete their application indicating relevant research they have completed and any areas of topic expertise. Foreign language skills are a strong plus.

Tech Team: Our technical research assistants should have a software engineering or computer science background to aid in designing, developing and implementing a major cross-school project to build out the Stanford Internet Observatory's Big Data repository and real-time analytics engine that seeks to power new forms of social and political science research. SIO technical RAs will work closely with seasoned and novice internet researchers alike to develop data collection and analytics tools that drive cutting-edge quantitative social science research. Tasks may range from core infrastructure design and development to research assistant project management. Candidates should have experience implementing medium- to large-scale projects using modern cloud products such as AWS or Google Cloud, with preference for experience with the latter. Big data analytics experience, such as with Natural Language Processing or similar technologies, is a big plus. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, are able to contribute meaningfully to a fast-paced and nimble engineering team, and above all are excited to design novel internet research methods in a rapidly-developing field.

You must be logged in to your Stanford Google account to access this form. You will be asked to submit a resume and unofficial transcript with your application

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stanford Internet Observatory Fellows will pursue research on policy and technical issues related to Stanford’s research into the misuse of new technologies to cause harm to individuals and societies. Research focus areas may include studying current geopolitical events driven by information operations against elections, researching the use of communication platforms to cause harm to at-risk groups, designing strategies to mitigate the harm of new technologies, and developing regulatory and governance frameworks for tech companies and governments. Fellows will be housed at the Cyber Policy Center and will be a part of the larger fellowship program at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. All SIO fellows are expected to participate in Cyber Policy Center research seminars and produce policy-relevant work, which could include media appearances, published articles, or briefings to or workshops for government or international organization officials, ideally in collaboration with researchers from other disciplines. Fellows with backgrounds in the natural sciences, engineering, data science, social sciences, history, and law are encouraged to apply. All fellows are expected to be in the final stages of or have recently completed a terminal degree in their discipline, ideally a Ph.D.

Application Details

Submission of a formal application is required for all individuals who wish to be in residence as visiting fellows, whether they need funding or have independent support. Applications are run in partnership with the CISAC Fellowship Program.

All application materials, including recommendations, must be in English. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials, including letters of reference, are submitted by the deadline stated above. Please do not submit supplemental materials such as books, lengthy manuscripts, or more than the required number of recommendations.

Online submission of application must include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Resume/CV
  • Graduate school transcript (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. All pre- and postdoctoral applicants must include a transcript. Junior faculty and professionals may include a transcript, but are not required to do so.)
  • Research project prospectus or description of dissertation (1,500 words max, not including footnotes/endnotes)
  • Research abstract (200 words max)
  • Writing sample (50 pages max)
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation. Please note that recommendation letter services, such as Interfolio, may not use our online recommendation letter submission system. Please advise your recommenders to upload their letters directly to the SlideRoom system.


Online Application Instructions

  1. Access application portal by selecting link below. 
  2. Click "Sign up to get started" (at the bottom of the page). Input the requested information to create a username and password.
  3. Click "Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation Fellowship Program".
  4. Proceed through the application, entering information into all required fields.
  5. Submit your application.


We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications are due January 15, 2021.

Special Projects Manager (Full-Time)

Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Special Projects Manager will be responsible for developing and spearheading several new projects integral to the Stanford Internet Observatory’s strategic goals over the next two years. The SPM will implement new interorganizational collaborative projects between the Observatory and its major external partners, as well as manage new projects designed to accelerate cutting edge research around issues of trust and safety on online platforms. The SPM will launch new research projects furthering the Observatory’s mission by doing novel, collaborative research projects leveraging multidisciplinary methods. They will also systematize this model as a core functionality of the Observatory. The SPM will collaborate daily with the Stanford Internet Observatory's core team and external stakeholders to realize these projects. A strong candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills, research and analysis experience, experience managing diverse projects, and an interest in emerging technology, platform regulation, tech policy, cybersecurity or related fields.