GW Public Interest Technology Scholars Program

Public interest technology is both a rapidly growing field and a field that requires interdisciplinary insight and cooperation. Public interest technologists often engage in interdisciplinary research that may not fit the traditional norms for publication, promotion, and tenure in their home field.

GW's Public Interest Technology Scholars program will identify, highlight, and honor a select group of GW faculty who are engaging in interdisciplinary research and making contributions to the field of public interest technology. Two GW faculty members will be named as GW Public Interest Technology Scholars for a period of two years.

A Prestigious Designation

  • Incentivizes interdisciplinary research

  • Signals to the university community that such cross-disciplinary efforts are a top priority

  • Rewards faculty who work beyond the traditional barriers of their disciplines

  • Highlights GW's commitment to growing the field of public interest technology

Expectations for Scholars

  • Continue their interdisciplinary public interest technology work, either through a specific research project, community outreach, scholarship and/or through curricular development.

  • Encourage others at GW to work in an interdisciplinary manner through their examples and leadership. This could be via publication, mentorship, course instruction, collaboration, public seminars or other means.

  • Present on their efforts in a public forum highlighting both the public interest nature of their work and its interdisciplinarity.


To be eligible, faculty members must be:

  1. Regular full-time university faculty or research faculty

  2. In good standing with the university and exemplify good research ethics and behavior

  3. Currently conducting demonstrable research and/or scholarship in the field of public interest technology


  • Designation of Public Interest Technology Scholar for two years

  • Annual stipend of $2,000 for the two-year period

  • Opportunity to create a public forum for discussing critical topics related to public interest technology and the importance of interdisciplinary research

  • Letter to their Department Chair from the Vice Provost for Research, acknowledging their appointment as a Public Interest Technology Scholar

Nomination & Selection Process

Any eligible member of the university community can self-nominate. All nominations must provide evidence through a letter and CV delineating the candidate's interdisciplinary work and how that work has contributed to the field of public interest technology.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will create a committee of faculty and staff to review the candidates and select two finalists. The final awardees will be named by the Vice Provost for Research and will be publicly acknowledged by GW leadership.


The timeline for the nomination process will be available soon.


Contact [email protected] with any questions.