IDIA Predoctoral Fellowships

Dear Patriots Letter: IDIA Predoctoral Fellowships

The Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) invites full-time George Mason University Ph.D. and M.S. students to apply for the competitive IDIA Predoctoral Fellowship Program. An IDIA predoctoral fellowship includes GRA AY stipend, tuition, and healthcare for up to three years.

Student applicants are encouraged to reach out to and form an interdisciplinary team of faculty mentors across the Mason ecosystem and propose an ambitious, interdisciplinary, convergent research agenda that aligns with IDIA’s mission of catalyzing cutting-edge computing research that shapes the future of our digital society and promotes equality, well-being, security, and prosperity. 
We encourage applications that explore use cases of generative AI and more broadly the intersection of digital innovation and critical emerging technologies. More information about IDIA can be found at

The application template can be found at: Fellowship Application

Applications that do not follow the above template will be returned without review.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a team of interdisciplinary senior researchers and faculty, and awards will be made on a competitive basis. IDIA anticipates awarding up to three IDIA predoctoral fellowships based on the quality of the applications and availability of funds.

Program Structure

IDIA predoctoral fellows are expected to become an integral part of the IDIA community. As part of IDIA’s Predoctoral Fellow Program, fellows will:

  • engage in community-building events with other IDIA fellows and faculty
  • collaborate with other fellows to organize and support IDIA-sponsored events, such as seminars, panels, workshops, and tutorials
  • engage with IDIA’s network of academic, government, think tank, and industry partners around digital innovation

An end-of-year ‘Come Meet our Fellows’ meeting that celebrates the achievements of our IDIA predoctoral fellows is anticipated, and awardees should make plans for a meaningful and active participation in this event.

Fellows will provide annual reports of their progress and accomplishments. Funding is expected to be renewed on an annual basis, contingent upon a favorable internal review of the annual report and availability of funds and will not exceed three years.

Submission Process

Applications should be compiled into a single pdf, named FirstName-LastName-IDIA-PD.pdf, where FirstName and LastName refer to the first and last names of the student applicant, and submitted via email to

The email subject should be: IDIA Predoctoral Fellowship Application: First-Name Last-Name

The document format should be: font style – Arial; font size – 10; page margins – 1 inch

Important Dates

Applications should be submitted by the following deadline:

May 06, 2024, 11:59 PM EDT 

Office hours are planned to field questions by interested student applicants and potential faculty mentors. They will be held remotely, via zoom, on:

April 8, 2024, 10:00-11:00 AM, EDT

RSVP here.

History and Background:

The IDIA Predoctoral Fellowship Program was launched in June 2022.  View archive here.

Learn more about the cohort of IDIA Predoctoral Fellows here.