Stanford Libraries and TalTech Announce Global Digital Governance Fellowship for Estonian Scholars

October 12, 2021
Liisi Esse
Stanford University front entrance. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and the Stanford University Libraries, in association with Stanford's Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance invite applications for the Global Digital Governance Fellowship at Stanford University for Estonian Scholars. The 2-6-month fellowship enables TalTech's researchers, especially early- to mid-career scholars, to visit Stanford University and make use of its academic knowledge, networks, and collections related to the study of information and communications technology (ICT), digital society and economy, cyber security, smart governance, and technology and trust. The fellowship also aims at enhancing Estonian scholars’ ability to share their knowledge of and experience in issues related to cyber security, e-governance, and trust and technology with the research community at one of the top universities in the world and other relevant entities in Silicon Valley, thus contributing to a better understanding of these topics on a global level.

The annual fellowship is part of a collaborative effort between SUL, TalTech, and the Kistler-Ritso Foundation to strengthen connections between the scholarly communities of Stanford University and TalTech and enhance Estonian and Nordic-Baltic studies at Stanford.

The fellowship is hosted by SUL’s Baltic Studies Program, which is home to one of the strongest Baltic collections in the U.S. and a vibrant program of events and projects led by SUL’s Associate Curator for Estonian and Baltic Studies. Stanford Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance (GTG), which is situated in the Cyber Policy Center (CPC) at the Freeman-Spogli Institute, is co-sponsoring the fellowship by organizing at least one lecture or seminar by the fellow during the fellowship and including them in GTG’s activities, events, and networks. The fellow will also have the opportunity to engage in the scholarly and research activities and rich intellectual life of Stanford University, including CPC’s other programs on ICT, social media, and digital policy, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (on AI-related topics), and Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Computer Science (on hardware security-related topics). The fellowship is funded by the Kistler-Ritso Foundation.

TIME PERIOD: 2–6 months, spring or fall 2022

GRANT: up to $50,000


The fellowship is open to all TalTech's scholars with a doctoral degree; proposals by early- to mid-career scholars (scholars who have earned their doctoral degree 5–15 years ago) are especially encouraged. Applicants must be citizens and current residents of Estonia and must return to Estonia after the completion of the fellowship. The fellowship will be made available to Estonian scholars not affiliated with TalTech starting in 2024.

More details about the application process can be found on TalTech's website.