Application and Selection Timeline

  • Application Portal Opens – November 17, 2023
  • Applications Portal Closes – January 31, 2024
  • Announcement of Selected Fellows – May 2024
  • Fellowship Begins – August 2024


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, or Alaska Native groups, AAPI individuals, religious minorities, 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. Please refer to the US State Department to learn more about visa requirements.

Education: There are no formal education requirements. Applicants may hold academic credentials, such as a degree in the arts, fine arts, or sciences, OR a demonstrated track record of success in their respective fields.

Commitment: Full-time must be dedicated to the fellowship (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: Candidates are encouraged to have a track record and experience working on the intersection of digital and novel technologies, power, and social justice. We also invite early career applicants and those who successfully demonstrate a strong potential to contribute to a desired field of research and practice.

Selection Criteria

Fellows will be selected based on 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, joy, care, and interdependence.

Scope of Work: The project must address the relationship between digital and novel technologies, power, and social justice. While you may apply to the fellowship under this particular project, we also recognize that your modality of achieving the end goal may change, and we accept whatever emerges. Understand that the timeline of your project does not need to fit within two years, but make sure to articulate what aspects of the project are achievable within this timeline.

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.