C4DT Digital Trust Fellowship Program

The Center for Digital Trust (C4DT) digital trust policy fellowship program supports scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of trust-building tech and public policy to identify, analyze, and respond to critical issues concerning digital trust, e.g., privacy protection, cyber security, artificial intelligence (AI) & machine learning (ML), digital ledgers, big data, or the internet of things (IoT). 

As a competence center uniting a technology-grounded approach, the extensive expertise of EPFL faculty, and trusted relationships with our private sector partners, the C4DT is uniquely positioned to promote the work of scholars building bridges between technologists, policymakers, and the public.

The program serves several key audiences.

  • For policymakers, we seek to provide in-depth, technology-grounded expertise and policy-relevant research on digital trust through policy papers, access to the latest research, and our events. 
  • For the public, the program serves as an avenue to promote tech-literacy (i.e., the ability to use, manage, understand, and assess technology), broadening the public’s understanding of how digital trust issues and their potential solutions affect their daily lives.
  • For academia, the program’s focus on establishing and building digital trust policy will also increase its visibility as a relevant field of expertise to specialize in for students and junior scholars.

Our C4DT digital trust policy fellows will undertake focused research and produce cutting-edge, technology-grounded policy papers on current technological challenges and their social, political, or economic consequences. These papers will be part of a new policy paper series that aims to inform about digital trust issues at all political levels, including the general public, and to facilitate discussions about technological as well as regulatory solutions.

Call for Applications: C4DT Digital Trust Fellowships – open until 01. November 2022 (17:00 CEST)

Fellow Mission

  • Conduct policy-relevant research (e.g., document and/or policy analysis, scientific literature reviews, expert interviews, data collection and analysis) on proposed topic(s).
  • Produce technology-grounded policy papers (ca. 5,000 to 8,000 words) in collaboration with EPFL faculty and C4DT staff.
  • Present policy papers in workshops and conferences.
  • Commit to a full-time, in-residence stay. 


  • Monthly salary to cover living expenses in Switzerland. Compensation conditions will be discussed during the recruitment process. Expenses for conferences and related travel will be covered. 
  • Opportunity to develop policy papers on a highly relevant and timely subject area, and thus strengthening your profile as an international expert in digital trust policy. 
  • Collaboration with EPFL professors, C4DT-industry partners, Swiss authorities and our network partners based in “International Geneva” to expand your academic and professional networks. 
  • Thriving research and social community at EPFL at the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).


  • Advanced degree such as MSc. or PhD., preferably in computer science or engineering. For applicants with a MSc. we expect a minimum of 2-3 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Professionals with a university degree in another area should have substantial experience working in or studying the technology sector.
  • Be eligible to work in Switzerland (i.e., either hold Swiss or EU/EEA-nationality, or possess a valid Swiss work permit).

Please read carefully the full eligibility requirements.

How to apply

Please read carefully the application guidelines.

Important Details

  • Application Deadline: 01. November 2022 (17:00 CEST)
  • Duration: Variable, 6 months up to 1 year (minimum stay of 3 months)
  • Start date: To be agreed upon. Earliest start in Spring 2023.
  • Term of employment: Temporary, fixed-term, non-renewable. 
  • Work rate: 80-100%

Fellowships: Up to 3 Fellows will be chosen from applications received on a rolling basis. 

Selection process

Complete applications are screened, eligible applications assessed by a selection committee composed of C4DT leadership as well as EPFL faculty, and finalists interviewed. Great emphasis will be placed on compelling and innovative proposals, as well as topical fit. C4DT will notify each applicant of the final decision – typically around four to six weeks after the application deadline. Please note that the application process is competitive. This means that the submission of an application does not guarantee admission to the program.

For more information, please get in touch with the C4DT Digital Trust Fellowship Program manager at .