Social Science Research Council (US) Just Tech Fellowships

Closing Date: 02/01/2022

Remote, two-year, full-time research fellowships focused on delivering more just, equitable, and representative technological futures.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, non-profit organisation that fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilises necessary knowledge on important public issues.

The SSRC operates the Just Tech Fellowship to enable researchers and practitioners to imagine and create more just, equitable, and representative technological futures. Over the course of two years, fellows will identify and challenge injustices emerging from new technologies, and identify solutions that advance social, political, and economic rights.

The fellowship provides an unrestricted funding model designed to provide the requisite space, time, and resources for fellows as they envision and enact more just technological futures. Applicants are invited to submit proposals that will inspire new thought, questions, and interventions. Proposed projects might include creating a product such as an art installation; a book or series of essays or journal articles; developing policy frameworks and interventions; an initiative of a non-profit organisation; designing technological tools; or other creative work products.

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 theme for the 2021 Fellowships is ‘Crisis and Reparation’. Applicants are invited to reflect on how technology is implicated in the ways societies meet, or fail to meet, crises, and how technology may be leveraged in service of empathic and community-centred repair and reparation. Questions that could be considered include 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 to better understand the relationship between crisis and technology? How can these explorations help 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?

The Fellowship must not begin earlier than 1 June 2022, and no later than 1 August 2022, and must end by 1 June 2024.

In the first year, six fellowships will be funded, with this number expected to rise in subsequent rounds, though not reaching more than 12 per annum.

Funding body Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Maximum value 260,000 USD
Reference ID S22998
Category Arts and Humanities
Economic and Social Research
Science and Technology
Fund or call Fund