The Director’s Fellows program is a growing global network that connects the innovation and creativity of the MIT Media Lab with a broad array of leaders to catalyze thought partnership and concrete collaborations. Its goal is to expand the diversity, reach, and impact of the Media Lab and the Director’s Fellows themselves in deploying cutting edge technology, ideas, and innovation to tackle key global challenges. It also helps to shape the perspectives and experience of stakeholders throughout the network, strengthening their capacity to serve and to lead.
There is no application process for the program. Instead, we rely on a network of advisors to identify and nominate candidates that meet our criteria. Many factors go into our selection process, including diversity on all levels, balance with the rest of the "class" and impact. Even someone who is extraordinary and seems like a perfect fit may not be a good match in any particular year.