Global Research Initiative

Applications for the 2022-2023 Global Research Initiative Fellowship are open! 

The Dangerous Speech Project (DSP) is recruiting fellows for its Global Research Initiative (GRI), a network of scholars and practitioners who document and analyze dangerous speech in their home countries, to better understand it, and especially to learn how to diminish its harmful effects. Dangerous speech is any form of human expression (such as words or images) that can inspire people to commit or condone violence against another group of people. 

The DSP, based in Washington, DC, is a team of researchers who study how speech leads to violence. We advise internet companies, governments, and civil society on how to anticipate, minimize, and respond to harmful discourse in ways that prevent violence while also protecting freedom of expression. 


Fellowship Duties: 

The fellowship will run from September 2022 – August 2023. Fellows will receive $10,000 USD.  

  • Assemble a database of dangerous speech examples using the Dangerous Speech Framework 
  • Write a brief report introducing the social, political, and historical context in which the dangerous speech circulated 
  • Attend monthly meetings with other fellows 



  • Previous fellows have been scholars, activists, and journalists. We also welcome applicants with other professional and educational backgrounds, and especially people whose lived experience informs their understanding of dangerous speech. 
  • Applicants must have native-level fluency in the language of the speech that they propose to analyze, and be very familiar with the relevant cultural, social, and political context. They must also be able to write fluently in English.  
  • Fellows will be independent contractors, so need not be eligible for employment in the United States. 


To Apply: 

To apply, please submit the following documents as separate attachments to  

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your background and interest in the fellowship 
  • A one-page document describing the context from which you will collect examples. The document should explain why you think this is an important context to analyze. It should also include 2-3 examples of dangerous speech from that context.  
  • An English-language writing sample, not edited by someone other than you, that demonstrates your ability to research and analyze information from various sources. 


Applications are due by July 31, 2022. Applicants will be notified of a decision in August.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss an idea for a proposal, please contact