Applications for the 2019-2020 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 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 experts who study how speech leads to violence. We use our research to 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.

Click here for a list of previous GRI researchers and summaries of their projects.

Fellowship Duties:

The fellowship will run from October 2019 – May 2020. Fellows each receive $1,500 for producing a detailed case study that documents and analyzes Dangerous Speech in their home countries using the Dangerous Speech Framework. Fellows will learn about Dangerous Speech and take part in a virtual training on it, participate in three conference calls with other fellows over the course of the fellowship period to share insights from their work, and write a post for the Dangerous Speech Project’s blog.


  • Previous researchers have been scholars, activists, and journalists, but we welcome applicants with other professional and educational backgrounds as well. We especially welcome applications from 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 send the following documents as separate attachments to

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your background and interest in the fellowship
  • A case-study proposal including the following information:
    • The specific topic (e.g. anti-immigrant speech in Hungary).
    • 2-3 examples of speech that you will analyze within this topic (which could be images, written or spoken text, or videos)
    • A paragraph or two about why you chose these examples
    • A paragraph or two about the context – what makes this speech dangerous?
  • 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 August 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of a decision in September.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss an idea for a proposal, please contact