Call for PETAL Lab Student Fellows

The Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Lab (PETAL) is recruiting six student fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Students will attend lab meetings, carry out research tasks under the supervision of the co-directors, receive training in humanistic research to carry out an independent research project, and organize one student event each semsester.


The PETAL fellowship program is designed to build skills in research, leadership and collaboration. It is an unparalleled opportunity that in most universities would normally be available only to graduate students.

Fellows have the unique opportunity to interact closely with the lab’s co-directors, and learn about cutting edge research in the humanities from two of the world’s leading researchers in their fields.

Fellows receive special access to the visiting professors, authors and artists who will be participating in the lab’s colloquium series. By attending social events and interacting informally with the visitors, fellows will have an unique opportunity to learn from and network with them.

Fellows will gain teamwork and leadership skills by working together to design and implement a student-centered event related to the lab’s theme to be held once per term on the DKU campus.

Fellows receive a stipend of 3,000 RMB per semester to support their learning in the fields of planetary ethics and artificial intelligence. Fellowships normally last two semesters, but renewal in the second semester is contingent on satisfactory performance in the first semester.

Learn more about the intellectual context for the PETAL lab and some of its planned activities.

To apply for a fellowship, send a one page application letter  indicating your motivation for applying and the skills and experience you can contribute to the lab by August 31, 2018 to the HRC administrative assistant Chi Zhang (

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