The Cooney Center Fellows participate in a wide range of projects and, in doing so, develop broad exposure to scholarship, policy, and practice in the field of digital media and learning. This professional development program offers opportunities to:
- Conduct research on digital media use among elementary school-age children;
- Publish research that responds to practical industry and practitioner needs;
- Expand the influence research has in government, education, philanthropy, and industry decision making; and
- Develop new skills and perspectives that are critical to becoming a leader in the field of digital media and learning.
Current and former Fellows have led research investigations and published reports and articles on digital media innovations, industry trends, and policy solutions. They have also developed public presentation and media outreach skills, organized major cross-sector convenings, and contributed to the overall growth of the Cooney Center.
One Research Fellow is selected per academic year. For the duration of the one-year program, the Fellow works in residence at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, which is located in New York City. The Fellow undertakes an independent research project of his/her design—usually proposed in the application process—and plays a substantive role in ongoing Cooney Center projects and initiatives, and participates in the day-to-day operations of the Center, including publication production, annual leadership forum planning, and contributing to the website and newsletter.
The application process opens during the spring each year.