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Digital Democracy Centre

About the DDCxTrygFonden Fellowship Program

The fellowship program aims to foster collaboration between researchers, journalists, and policymakers in exploring the impact of digital technology and AI on media, politics, and democracy. Through the fellowship program, selected fellows will have the opportunity to generate new knowledge, contribute to the public debate, develop new networks, collaborate with a mentor at DDC, the larger DDC environment, and its partners, and produce tangible outreach outputs such as policy briefs, educational packages, and talks.

The Digital Democracy Centre / TrygFonden Fellowship Program welcomes diverse fellows, including academic fellows researching digital technology and democracy, journalist fellows covering topics related to digital democracy, and policy fellows contributing to regulatory debates and practical implementation in the field of digital democracy.


Purpose of the Fellowship Program

The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to utilize and leverage the knowledge of DDC in a new way. The objective is to generate new knowledge and foster interaction between TrygFonden, DDC, new and existing partners of DDC, and the selected fellows. We aim for the Fellowship program to lead to new knowledge and tangible outputs, such as new networks, new collaborations, educational packages, contributions to the public debate in Denmark and beyond, policy briefs, talks, and other outreach activities.

Accepted fellows are eligible for various benefits. Besides their relationship with their self-selected DDC mentor, these benefits may include financial support, access to DDCs research resources, flexible working spaces, speaker series, and networks, and a platform to showcase their work and be part of the larger DDC alumni network. The specific benefits and support provided may differ based on the agreement between the individual fellow, DDC, and any partnering organizations.

The first DDCxTrygFonden fellowship cohort for spring 2024

The Digital Democracy Centre is now ready to present the first group of DDCxTrygFonden fellows for spring 2024. The newly appointed fellows have backgrounds in different disciplines and will be affiliated with the Digital Democracy Centre for anywhere from one month to one year, where they will work on projects and issues related to the Digital Democracy Centre’s research interests.


Two fellows with a journalistic background:

Anna Romandash, journalist and media consultant associated with Vassar College, the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and the Fourth Freedom Forum, with the project ‘A State in a Smartphone or a Digital Spy?’

Peder Hammerskov, assistant professor at DMJX, with the project ‘AI Nexus: Bridging Disciplinary Boundaries Across Newsrooms’.

A fellow with a policy background:
Eva M. Knudsen, specialist consultant at Odense Municipality, with the project ‘Artificial intelligence in a municipal context with a focus on trust and credibility’.

Five fellows from academia:
Konstantinos Armaos, PhD student at the University of Lausanne with the project ‘SiNt: Safe Internet Navigation Toolbox’.
Laurence Dierickx, postdoc at the University of Bergen, with the project ‘Using Generative AI in Fact-Checking for Countering Information Disorders’.
Magdalena Obermaier, postdoc at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, with the project ‘Exploring the Role of Audience-Driven Content Moderation against Anti-Media Online Incivilities in Denmark and Germany’.
Shelley Boulianne, research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin and former associate professor at MacEwan University, with the project ‘Generational Differences in Digital News and Political Attitudes Across the Globe’.
David Hopmann, professor at the Centre of Journalism, University of Southern Denmark, with The Power Study (Magtudredningen) and the project ‘Promoting Political News and Current Affairs on Social Platforms’.


Call for applications for our 2025 DDCxTrygFonden fellowship program

The call for applications for the second round of our DDCxTrygFonden fellowship is now open. The application deadline is September 2nd, 2024.

Learn more and read the call for applications HERE.



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Last Updated 01.05.2024