The American Library Association is excited to announce the opening of the application process for the prestigious Google Policy Fellowship program.
For the summer of 2018, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., learning about national policy and completing a major project.
Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by ALA and the fellow. This year’s program will run from June 5 through August 11, with regular programming throughout the summer. Google’s Washington office provides educational opportunities for all fellows, including lunchtime panels and interactions with Google staff.
Fellows work with their hosts in diverse areas of information policy, ranging from digital copyright, net neutrality, digital divide, and other broadband policy, to open access to information, privacy, and freedom of expression.
Alisa Holahan, JD, a graduate student at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, was our 2017 Google Policy Fellow. She completed research on both copyright and issues related to the FCC’s Schools and Libraries Program (E-rate). The Washington Office was a founding participant of the program back in 2008.
Applications are due by Friday, March 20, 2018. Information about the program and the application process is available on the Google Public Policy Fellowship website. ALA encourages all interested graduate students to apply and, of course, especially those in library and information science-related academic programs.