The Social Science opens application for the inaugural cohort of its Just Tech Fellowship 2022.
The Just Tech seeks to challenge and address the injustices presented by emerging new technologies and as well as research the disproportionate social and political impacts exacted by poorly conceived new technologies.
They are recruiting tech practitioners and researchers from different backgrounds and experiences whose imagination and creativity would bring “just, equitable and representative technological futures,” offer solutions to the problem of inequalities and propel economic, political, and social rights.
2021 Fellowship theme: Crisis and Reparation
This call invites applicants to explore questions like the following:
- How do new technologies mitigate or reinforce long-term inequities during and after crises? How does technology diminish or enhance community resilience in times of crisis?
- How can different ways of creating and communicating knowledge—from art to data science to community-based research—help us better understand the relationship between crisis and technology? How can these explorations enable us to imagine alternative futures in the aftermath of a crisis?
- How can the lived experiences of marginalized peoples—such as ethnic and religious minorities, gender nonconforming and disabled communities, and those living in poverty—inform the design of just technologies, especially in the face of crisis?
- Applicants must hold either a college-level credential, such as a bachelor’s degree in the arts, fine arts, sciences, or a demonstrated track record of success in their respective fields.
- Fellows are expected to reside in the United States during the term of their fellowship, although applications can be from citizens of any country. The SSRC will not sponsor visas, and may not be indicated as an affiliate or sponsor of visa applications.
- During the two-year program, fellows will receive $100,000 per year.
- Fellows will receive additional supplementary funds.
- Seed funds for collaborative projects with other Just fellowship fellows.
- More opportunities for ambitious co-creation.
To complete the online application, you will need to provide the following information and documentation:
- 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).
Note: to apply for Just Tech Fellowship, you must submit an expression of interest.
Deadline: January 2, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST
Submit your expression of interest here
Full application requirements
Deadline: January 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST
- Resume/CV: Up to three pages (saved as a PDF file). The application portal will also allow applicants to submit a link to personal web pages.
- Personal Statement: Applicants should submit a written or recorded (video) personal statement of up to 500 words (written) OR four (4) minutes (video).
- Work Proposal: Applicants should submit a short proposal for a project focused on the intersection of technology and social justice.
- Samples of Work: Applicants are encouraged (but not required) to share up to two (2) samples of relevant work. Visual and audio samples may be linked or uploaded via the application portal.
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