The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is accepting applications for the Public Voices Fellowship on Technology in the Public Interest in partnership with The OpEd Project. The year-long fellowship is for individuals who have expertise and experience conducting research and/or advocacy that addresses the social impacts of technology. The cohort of twenty diverse thought leaders will receive extraordinary support, build leadership skills, and develop knowledge to ensure their ideas shape not only their fields but also the greater public conversations of our age.


The Public Voices Fellowship on Technology in the Public Interest, in partnership with MacArthur Foundation, is part of The OpEd Project’s prestigious national initiative to change who writes history. The internationally acclaimed curriculum and method explore leadership, power, and action in an unfair world. Using time-tested methods of transformational learning, fellows explore how credibility works, how ideas spread, when and why minds change, and how ideas play out over time and space. This program will engage selected fellows in intense, results-oriented thinking and activities around their knowledge and impact. It will provide the inside information, high-level support, and media connections to become influential on a large scale. Fellows will join a national network of peers, allowing for knowledge-sharing and innovation across institutions.


The Public Voices Fellowship has a track record of stunning results, generating personal, professional, and public outcomes with far-reaching implications. Fellows have published op-eds in high-impact venues and gone on to publish history-changing books. They have briefed Congress, advised the White House, launched new research studies and centers and sparked national and international debate. They have written books, collaborated on research grants, and driven policy change. The resulting impact of their ideas entering public consciousness has been expansive.


Fellows are required to participate in four virtual convenings (day-long or half-day), scheduled at two-to-three-month intervals, and commit to writing a minimum of two opinion pieces over the course of the fellowship. Fellows are also assigned to work with veteran journalist coaches for dedicated one-on-one coaching throughout the year. In addition, fellows will have periodic opportunities to join calls with public thinkers and influencers and receive weekly customized email support and news alerts. Upon completion of the Fellowship, they will have access to a powerful network of peers and The OpEd Project’s network of high-level journalist mentors.

Applicants must commit to attending all four convenings:

September 27-29, 2023, 12-3:30 pm ET

December 7-8, 2023, 12-3:30 pm ET

February 22-23, 2024, 12-3:30 pm ET

May 9-10, 2024, 12-3:30 pm ET


Fellows will be chosen through a competitive selection process. We are committed to building a diverse cohort. We will consider various factors, including but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, age, geography, area of expertise, work history, and experience as an agent of change. The fellowship is open to people at least 18 years old.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by late August. Accepted applicants will be required to confirm their participation upon notification of acceptance.


The application deadline is August 1, 2023.