The Just Tech Fellowship selection process has been designed with fairness and accountability as primary objectives. With this fellowship, the Just Tech program is working to bring new voices and perspectives into conversation, maximizing impact and avenues of collaboration across fields and practices.
Complete 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.
From December to February, Just Tech staff will screen applications for completeness and eligibility. Review and selection of complete applications will be led by the Just Tech Advisory Board and its Selection Committee, a cross-sector panel of experts. From mid-March through mid-April, top applicants may be contacted by Just Tech staff for an interview, additional information, and/or clarification of information relevant to their application. All final selections will be made by mid-May. Those applicants chosen will be immediately notified by phone and email. All other applicants will be notified by email.
Application and Selection 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
Fellows will be selected on the basis of a rigorous review process. We will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:
- Alignment with Fellowship Goals: Applicants must champion vital research into tech’s impact and its potential for both harm and benefit; must center historically minoritized or racialized perspectives; must show commitment to building and sustaining a diverse community of researchers and practitioners; and must demonstrate a commitment to vision and build toward technological futures that manifest justice, agency, knowledge, and joy.
- Scope of Work: Project must address the relationship between digital and novel technologies, power, and social justice.
- Clarity of Purpose: Applicants should communicate how they would use their time as a fellow to systematically uncover evidence, build understanding, and shape public interest solutions to advance the goals of Just Tech.
- Public Impact: Applicants should communicate how their proposed work will contribute to equity and social justice. Applicants should also demonstrate a track record of successful, public-facing work that engages broad audiences through different forms of media or organizing.
- Collaboration: Applicants should demonstrate a track record of successful collaboration, as well as a willingness to share, learn, and create with others.
Content of Complete Applications
Complete applications consist of a number of items that must be uploaded to the online application system:
Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Up to two pages in PDF format. The application portal will also allow applicants to submit a link to personal web pages, but a PDF Résumé or CV is required.
Applicants should submit a written or recorded (video) personal statement of up to 500 words (written) OR four (4) minutes (video). Strong personal statements will demonstrate the following:
- knowledge and experience with a field of research or practice that engages substantively with novel and digital technology and social justice questions
- how an applicant’s personal experience and background center the perspectives of historically marginalized populations in their work with Just Tech
- engagement with the values and goals of the Just Tech program
- motivation for pursuing a Just Tech Fellowship
- ability to take practical advantage of a two-year, full-time fellowship, especially vis-à-vis other responsibilities or work commitments
Please upload your work proposal in PDF format. The work proposal should be for a project that addresses the relationship between digital and novel technologies, power, and social justice.
Proposals should be no longer than 1,500 words and include the research question, methods, timeline, proposed outputs, and desired outcomes.
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. These may include publications, exhibitions, reports, interventions, articles, or any material that supports the applicant’s candidacy.