Google Policy Fellowship

Research area: Access to information, privacy, transparency, free speech, and press and media freedom.
Closing date: May 23, 2014.

Fellowship location: Hong Kong

The Journalism and Media Studies Centre is an academic department at The University of Hong Kong that offers undergraduate and professional post-graduate degrees in journalism as well as research graduate studies leading to MPhil and PhD degrees. The JMSC conducts research in media law, media ethics, big data, social media, public health communications, the media in China, international communication, media literacy, finance journalism and professional practices of journalism.

The JMSC also conducts multi-disciplinary research in collaboration with researchers, in HK and from around the world, in disciplines, such as legal studies, computer science, economics and finance, and medicine.

The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with the JMSC’s Media Law Project and the Open Government Project to conduct research on media policy issues in areas such as access to information, privacy, transparency, free speech, and press and media freedom. Through policy-driven research, the Fellow will produce work to enhance the understanding of the intersection among the media, law and technology. Applicants should have strong interests in media policy development. Demonstrated research skills and strong English writing skills are required. Working knowledge of written and spoken Chinese will be an advantage.

Applicants should send a completed application form, an up-to-date C.V. and relevant certificates to jmsc4@hku.hk. The closing date is May 23, 2014.

For details, please refer to Google Policy Fellowship Website

 


FAQ

What is the Google Policy Fellowship program?

The Google Policy Fellowship program offers students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer working on these issues at public interest organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Students will work for 10 weeks over the summer of 2014.

Who should apply?

We’re looking for students who are passionate about technology, and want to spend the summer diving headfirst into Internet policy. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment
  • Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2014 (June-August). Exact dates of the fellowship will be worked out by the fellow and host organization.

Are there any age restrictions on participating?

Yes. You must be 18 years of age or older by January 1, 2014 to be eligible to participate in Google Policy Fellowship program in 2014.

Are there citizenship requirements for the Fellowship?

You must be eligible and authorized to work in the country of your fellowship. Google cannot provide guidance or assistance on obtaining the necessary documentation to meet this criteria.

Who is eligible to participate as a student in Google Policy Fellowship program?

In order to participate in the program, you must be a student. Google defines a student as an individual enrolled in or accepted into an accredited institution including (but not necessarily limited to) colleges, universities, masters programs, PhD programs and undergraduate programs. Eligibility is based on enrollment in an accredited university by January 1, 2014.

You may be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student. You must be eligible and authorized to work in the country of your fellowship. Google cannot provide guidance or assistance on obtaining the necessary documentation to meet this criteria.

I am a International student can I apply and participate in the program?

In order to participate in the program, you must be a student (see Google’s definition of a student above). You also must also be eligible to work in the country of your fellowship. Google can not provide guidance or assistance on obtaining the necessary documentation to meet this criteria.

I have been accepted into an accredited post-secondary school program, but have not yet begun attending. Can I still take part in the program?

As long as you are enrolled in a college or university program as of January 1st, 2014, you are eligible to participate in the program.

I graduate in the middle of the program. Can I still participate?

As long as you are enrolled in a college or university program as of January 1st, 2014, you are eligible to participate in the program.

How do payments work?

Google will provide a stipend of $7,500 USD to each Fellow for the summer.

  • Accepted students in good standing with their host organization will receive a $3,500 USD stipend payable shortly after they begin the Fellowship in June 2014.
  • Students who receive passing mid-term evaluations by their host organization will receive a $2,000 USD stipend shortly after the mid-term evaluation in July 2014.
  • Students who receive passing final evaluations by their host organization and who have submitted their final program evaluations will receive a $2,000 USD stipend shortly after final evaluations in August 2014.
  • Please note: Payments will be made by electronic bank transfer, and are contingent upon satisfactory evaluations by host organization, completion of all required enrollment and other forms. Fellows are responsible for payment of any local, state, or federal taxes associated with their receipt of the Fellowship stipend.

What documentation is required from students?

Students should be prepared, upon request, to provide Google or host organization with transcripts from their accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. Transcripts do not need to be official (photo copy of original will be sufficient).

I would like to use the work I did for my Google Policy Fellowship to obtain course credit from my university. Is this acceptable?

Absolutely. If you need documentation from Google to provide to your school for course credit, you can contact Google. We will not provide documentation until we have received a final evaluation from your mentoring organization.

What if I have a question not answered in this FAQ?

You can reach Google Policy Fellowship team at policyfellows@google.com.