About the project

This project is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with experience and expertise in digital policy and/or related areas. The project revolves around the following problematic. Recent years have seen several digital policy initiatives and new institutions, both national and European: from the  DSA and the AI act to the OSMR, the Media Commission and the Office of the Data Commissioner in Ireland. But to what extent are these new instruments delivering the kind of policy needed for today’s fast paced technological developments? What evaluative tools must we develop to monitor digital policy enforcement and audit its impact? Are all communities served equally? How can we gauge the extent to which digital policy is future proof?  What are the next generation technological developments and what might be their implications for digital policy? The position aims to support a post doctoral researcher to develop their own project in this area and in general to support the work of the Centre for Digital Policy in identifying new developments, providing an empirical basis for digital policy making and creating interventions bridging the academic community, policy makers, the tech industry and broader publics.
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a doctoral degree in Information Studies, Law, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines and have experience in associated research methodology and policy analysis. The successful applicant will have a publication record commensurable with their career stage and will document interest in some aspect of digital policy. Candidates must possess a PhD (or near completion) in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate a track record in their career to date. Interest/experience in coordinating or organising symposia/speaker series, academic social media, working paper series, and similar outreach events desirable.
The Newman Fellowship comes with a generous tax-free stipend of €35k p.a. and is tenable for two years. Fellows must register as a fulltime student for the duration of the Fellowship term to avail of the tax-free bursary.


How to Apply:

The candidate must complete the Newman Fellowship Candidate Form and provide an updated and detailed CV and send both documents to: newmanfellowship@ucdfoundation.ie with ‘Microsoft Newman Fellowship in Digital Policy’ in the subject line.

Two nominated referees must separately submit their confidential reports using the Newman Fellowship Referee Form and send to: newmanfellowship@ucdfoundation.ie with ‘Candidate Name  Report for Newman Fellowship in Digital Policy’ in the subject line.
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Further Information:

Informal enquires regarding this Fellowship may be directed to newmanfellowship@ucdfoundation.ie
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is July 14thth. The starting date is October 1st or as soon as possible thereafter.