Technology and Democracy Fellowship, University of Virginia


The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia invites applications for the 2011-12 Ambrose Monell Foundation Fellowship in Technology and Democracy. The Monell Fellowship is one of eight fellowships offered as part of the Miller Center National Fellowship Program, which provides support for individuals completing their dissertations on American politics, domestic and foreign policy, and the impact of global affairs on the United States. In addition to conducting cutting edge scholarship, we address critical issues facing the United States by engaging a larger public in a discussion about American political development.

The Ambrose Monell Foundation Fellows work should inform these topics through an approach broadly centered at the crosscurrents of technology and democracy, perhaps addressing public affairs and policy issues such as energy, transportation, health care, the environment, new media, urban planning, or civic engagement. The 2010-2011 Ambrose Monell Fellow in Technology and Democracy, Francesca Ammon, is completing a dissertation that explores the cultural, ideological, and technological underpinnings of post-World War II Urban Renewal demolition and clearance. Read more about her work here.

The Ambrose Monell Foundation seeks to aid religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes around the world. In funding the Miller Centers Fellowship in Technology and Democracy, the Foundation is contributing to the broader dissemination of the newest and best scholarship on this increasingly important set of topics. The fellowship provides $20,000 grants to support one year of research and writing. Along with the fellowship grant, the Miller Center assists the fellow in choosing a senior scholar as a fellowship mentor who makes suggestions on the literature in which the fellow should frame the project, reads the fellows work, gives advice on research and provides constructive criticism over the course of the fellowship year.

The Miller Center encourages applicants from a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to history, political science, policy studies, law, political economy, and sociology.

Requirements: An applicant must be (1) a Ph.D. candidate expecting to complete his or her dissertation by the conclusion of the fellowship year. Residence is strongly encouraged but not required. All fellows are expected to participate in and contribute to the intellectual discourse at the Center, as well as attend conferences in Fall 2011 and May 2012. These two conferences will provide a forum for presenting research and findings to the scholarly community at the Miller Center and the University of Virginia.

To Apply: Please complete our online application here. All applications must be submitted online by 1 February 2011. Applicants will be notified of the selection committees decision in April 2011. Inquiries should be directed to Anne Mulligan or 434-243-8726. Additional information is available at the Miller Centers website.


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