Pulse Research Fellowship

The Internet Society Pulse Research Fellowship supports researchers and academics to conduct data-driven analysis or develop tools that contribute to an open, globally connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet

In 2023, we are opening the opportunity for one researcher, who will receive a generous stipend. 

Program Objectives

  • Support the development of original, top-tier Internet measurement research. 
  • Foster a community of researchers, data specialists, and network engineering experts alongside policymakers and journalists to help strengthen and grow the Internet. 
  • Strengthen partnerships among global organizations working on data-driven research to understand Internet trends. 
  • Develop new techniques or implement existing methodologies to improve data gathering, analysis, and visualization on the Pulse platform. 
  • Explore interdisciplinary research topics related to making the Internet resilient, robust, and open.  

Focus Areas

The research topic should reflect one or more of Internet Society Pulse’s focus areas: Enabling Technologies, Internet Shutdowns, Internet Resilience, Market Concentration, and Keeping Traffic Local

Who can Apply

The Pulse Research Fellowship is open to researchers and academics based anywhere in the world who are interested in using state-of-the-art and/or novel Internet measurement techniques to research a specific area that contributes to upholding an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet. 


The duration of the fellowship is approximately six months. Applicants need to be available from mid-May to mid-November.  


The selected candidate can work remotely from anywhere in the world.  

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected according to their: 

  • Proposal’s relevance to the Pulse focus areas. 
  • Knowledge of Internet measurements and experience necessary to accomplish the proposed research goals. 
  • Ability to commit at least 25 hours per week to the fellowship. 


19 March 23:59 UTC: Deadline for Statement of Interest 
27 March: Invitation to submit detailed application sent to shortlisted applicants 
23 April 23:59 UTC: Deadline for detailed project submission 
01 May: Selected applicant informed and starting date agreed upon.  


The selected applicant will receive a generous stipend based on experience and time commitment. 

How To Apply

Please follow the instructions on the Statement of Interest form.

Incomplete applications, applications that do not meet eligibility requirements, and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Note: The Internet Society will perform an OFAC check on the selected applicant. The fellowship will only begin once clearance has been received.   


The selected Pulse Research Fellow will need to submit a progress report directly to the Internet Society Pulse Fellowship team every four weeks, starting one month after the program begins.


If you have questions about the program or the application process, please send an email to [email protected].