The Aspen Institute Firestone Fellowship Fund, previously the Guest Scholar Scholarship, is an initiative meant to give students of color the opportunity to foster their professional and academic career in the field of media and technology policy. The program first began in 2001. Each year doctoral (or other advanced graduate program) students of color are invited to apply for a Fellowship to attend an Aspen Digital roundtable or event.
As a Firestone Fellow, students are full participants in roundtable discussions or events. Fellows have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of competing tensions on important issues and gain a network of professional colleagues. The conference and the dialogue give the Fellows a chance to meet industry leaders at an early, yet critical, stage in their careers. It also exposes the other roundtable participants to rising academic stars in their respective fields. The Fellow, who may be closer to new research in media and tech policy, can provide information on innovative projects which will shed new light on problems faced by participants. As Fellows return to their home institutions, they will take back practical insights from industry leaders. More importantly, they will become a part of a community of Firestone Fellows in which they can communicate, collaborate and engage, and have the opportunity to connect with other participants as they begin their professional lives.
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