The Just Tech Fellowship 2022 from the Social Science Research Council is now accepting applications.
The Fair Tech Fellowship helps scholars and practitioners explore and construct more just, egalitarian, and representational technology futures by supporting and mobilizing diverse and cross-sector cohorts.
Fellows will identify and question social, political, and economic inequalities caused by new technologies, as well as propose solutions that promote social, political, and economic rights.
2021 Fellowship Theme: Crisis and Reparation
This call invites applicants to explore questions like the following:
- During and after crises, how do new technologies reduce or exacerbate long-term inequities? In times of disaster, how can technology contribute to or detract from community resilience?
- How might multiple forms of knowledge creation and communication, ranging from art to data science to community-based research, aid our understanding of the crisis-technology relationship? How may these investigations help us conceive alternate possibilities in the wake of a disaster?
- How can the lived experiences of marginalized peoples, such as ethnic and religious minorities, gender nonconforming and handicapped groups, and poor people, influence the creation of fair technologies, particularly in times of crisis?
Benefits of Social Science Research Council
- Fellows receive two-year rewards of $100,000 each year, as well as generous supplemental funding packages to cover unexpected costs and seed money to work on joint projects with other Just Tech Fellows.
- The fellowship will give the space and time for in-depth thought, as well as a supportive community and possibilities for ambitious co-creation.
- Applicants must have either a bachelor’s degree in the arts, fine arts, or sciences or a track record of accomplishment in their respective disciplines.
- Although residents of any nation may apply, fellows are required to live in the United States for the duration of their fellowship. The SSRC will not sponsor visas and will not be shown on visa applications as an associate or sponsor.
Fellows will be chosen after a thorough evaluation procedure.
When examining all applications, they will check for the following criteria:
- Critical Research Question: Applicants must indicate explicitly what question(s) they want the Just Tech Fellowship to address.
- Clarity of Purpose: Applicants should explain how they plan to utilize their time as a fellow to methodically unearth evidence, create knowledge, and design public-interest solutions in order to help Just Tech achieve its objectives.
- Commitment to Program Themes: Applicants should show a willingness to do research that addresses issues of technology, unfairness, and social justice, particularly as they pertain to the cohort theme of “Crisis and Reparation.”
- Impact on the Public: Applicants should explain how their planned effort will help to promote equality and social justice. Applicants should also be able to show a track record of effective public-facing work that engages a wide range of people through a variety of media.
- Applicants should have a history of effective cooperation as well as a desire to share, learn, and create with others.
Application for Social Science Research Council
You must submit the following information and documents to complete the online application:
- Contact Information: Full name and email address
- Critical Question: What is the central question you would want to pursue with a Just Tech Fellowship? (300 characters max)
- Work Statement: In two to three sentences, please describe your work. How does your work focus on the intersection of technology and social justice? (450 characters max)
Materials for the Entire Application (due January 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST)
Up to three pages for a resume or curriculum vitae (saved as a PDF file). Applicants will also be able to provide a link to their personal websites via the application portal.
Applicants should submit a written or recorded (video) personal statement of up to 500 words (written) OR four (4) minutes (video) (video).
Work Proposal: Applicants should submit a brief proposal for a project using technology and social justice.
Work Examples: Applicants are encouraged (but not required) to submit up to two (2) relevant work samples. The application site allows you to connect or submit visual and audio samples.