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Non-Resident Fellow Application


The Massive Data Institute (MDI) in the McCourt School of Public Policy  is an interdisciplinary research institute that connects experts across computer science, data science, public health, public policy, and social science to tackle societal scale issues and impact public policy in ways that improve people’s lives through responsible evidence-based research. We also provide experiential learning opportunities with faculty and external partners to help train the next generation of scholars and practitioners, exposing them to innovative methods for conducting interdisciplinary, data-centric research that facilitates policy making. We foster an environment of collaboration that facilitates and encourages exploring novel approaches to tackling the most pressing problems of the day. 

An MDI Non-Residential Fellow is expected to contribute to the technology and policy conversation taking place at MDI. We provide opportunities for contributing to existing research initiatives, developing new areas of research, mentoring students, contributing to our event series (or starting new events), providing subject matter expertise, guest lecturing, writing briefs, and collaborating with MDI faculty and staff. Because we are always innovating,  Non-Residential Fellows are also welcome to suggest new avenues of contribution. We anticipate having different types of Non-Residential Fellows. Some examples include Non-Residential Research Fellows, Non-Residential Policy Fellows, and Non-Residential Technology Innovation Fellows. 

All published materials by MDI Non-Resident Fellows will attribute an affiliation with the Massive Data Institute somewhere on the publication. At times when that is not possible, the Director can give exceptions.


  • Generate new knowledge and contribute to the intellectual discussions at MDI. 
  • Publish at least one brief, op ed, or article that is relevant to the mission of MDI.
  • Visit MDI at least three times a semester. 
  • Individuals accepted as Non-Resident Fellows must be willing to serve in that capacity for a period of 2 years.
  • Non-Resident Fellows are welcome to re-apply when their term comes to an end.


Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, and a statement detailing how they, as prospective Fellows, will support the missions of MDI during their tenure. Applications are rolling for the 2023-2024 academic year.  Submit your application to the MDI Director, Lisa Singh (email is Please make sure the subject line is “MDI Non-Residential Fellow Application”.  Applications will be reviewed by the MDI Executive Committee within 1 month. Thank you in advance for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your applications!