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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals to Address Inequality in Relation to Technological Advances

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Just Tech Fellowship

Just Tech and Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #207143

Grant Description

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International historically-marginalized individuals to address inequality in relation to technology. Funding is intended to seek solutions to the harms caused by increased surveillance ability and by the ease with which hate speech and discrimination can proliferate online.

The Just Tech Fellowship and its fellows seek to build toward technological futures that celebrate and manifest justice, equity, agency, knowledge, and joy. Just Tech takes a capacious view of “researchers and practitioners.” Just Tech Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and work across a range of fields and practices, including the arts, journalism, civil society, and the social sciences, the humanities, and computer science. By supporting a vibrant network that reflects diverse communities and life experiences, Just Tech will identify solutions that protect and expand social, political, and economic justice and challenge persistent inequities.

Just Tech is looking for diverse projects across fields focusing on the relationship between technological development, power, and social justice. To that end, they invite fellows to use their particular skill sets in technology, art, activism, research, and policy to develop projects that ultimately lay the groundwork to imagine and create technological futures that celebrate and manifest justice, equity, agency, knowledge, and joy. Proposed projects might include creating a product such as an art installation; a book, or a series of essays or journal articles; developing policy frameworks and interventions; an initiative of a nonprofit organization; designing technological tools; or other creative work products.

The Just Tech Fellowship experience will be collaborative, seeking active points of participation as it evolves. Through regular convenings and workshops, as well as through purposeful engagement with external stakeholders and peer organizations, the fellowship will establish lasting personal and professional connections and will offer practical support and learning opportunities matched to the needs and suggestions of the fellows community.

The Just Tech Fellowship has several related goals:

  • Champion vital investigation into tech’s impact, and its potential for both harm and benefit
  • Center historically marginalized perspectives
  • Build and sustain a diverse community of researchers and practitioners
  • Reimagine how to invest in people to build and sustain communities of care and collaboration
  • Envision and build toward technological futures that celebrate and manifest justice, agency, knowledge, and joy

The Just Tech program will administer two-year awards, augmented by robust supplementary funding packages to subsidize expenses related to dependent care, healthcare, workspace, technical equipment, project materials, communications, or other needs. These innovative awards are designed not only to support a researcher’s work but to invest in their entire person and to build a supportive and collaborative community. Fellows may apply for additional funding to seed collaborative projects within or across Just Tech cohorts.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Positionality: This fellowship seeks to center the perspectives of individuals from social, racial, or ethnic groups that have been historically marginalized, oppressed, or excluded by emerging technologies, such as Black/African Americans, Latinx/Hispanics, Indigenous peoples, Alaska Native groups, gender nonconforming individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities.
- Residency: Citizens of any country may apply, but fellows will be expected to reside in the United States during their fellowship term. The SSRC will not sponsor visas and may not be indicated as an affiliate or sponsor of visa applications. To learn more about visa requirements, please refer to the US State Department.
- Education: Applicants must have a demonstrated track record of success in their respective fields, OR hold academic credentials, such as a degree in the arts, fine arts, or sciences.
- Commitment: Full-time must be dedicated to the fellowship (Full Time Equivalent 90% = 36 hours/week). Candidates with teaching or other permanent positions must be able to take leave or obtain course buyouts for at least one year during their time as a fellow.
- Experience: All candidates need to have a track record and experience working on the intersection of digital and novel technologies, power, and social justice. The fellowship is not for dissertation completion or to finance postdoctoral positions.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The last day to submit Full Application Materials is January 30, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Timeline:
- Application Portal Opens: December 6, 2022
- Last Day to Submit Complete Applications: January 30, 2023
- Announcement of Selected Fellows: May 2023
- Fellowship Begins: Summer 2023

Upon successful application submission, an acknowledgment of receipt will be sent automatically via email. If you do not receive an automatic email confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact the Foundation. Please specify “Just Tech Fellowship” in the subject line.

Selection Criteria and Timeline: https://www.ssrc.org/programs/just-tech/just-tech-fellowship/2022-23-selection-criteria-and-timeline/

FAQs: https://www.ssrc.org/programs/just-tech/just-tech-fellowship/2022-23-just-tech-fellowship-frequently-asked-questions-faq/

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The Just Tech Fellowship provides fellows with unrestricted awards of $100,000 per year for two years.
- Supplementary funding packages of up to $30,000 are available to subsidize additional needs such as dependent care, healthcare, equipment, communications, working space, or other needs. Supplementary funding will vary in kind and amount by individual need.
- Seed Funding: Each year, fellows are eligible to apply for additional funding to support projects undertaken in collaboration with other fellows. Seed funding is intended to encourage partnerships that would be unlikely outside of the Just Tech Fellowship.

Term of Contract:

A two-year, full-time, remote fellowship.
The Fellowship must not begin earlier than August 1, 2023.
The Fellowship ends on June 30, 2025.

Contact Information:

Application: https://ssrc.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/1104/home

Contact:
just-tech@ssrc.org

Social Science Research Council
300 Cadman Plaza West, 15th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
212-377-2700

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