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CTSP 2018 Fellows Application

The Center for Technology, Society & Policy (CTSP) invites project proposals from small teams or individuals for our annual fellows application cycle. CTSP selects project proposals that fit within our areas of focus, and fund each team member as fellow for the 2018 calendar year. This year’s areas of focus include: Sensors & Society, Democracy + Technology, Vital Questions, Fairness* and Opacity* and more information about these areas may be found HERE. Fellows are invited to participate in CTSP events and outreach activities throughout the year in support of their team project as well as their individual research interests.

Project proposals are due on December 11, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. PST on the CTSP website. To better understand the types of projects CTSP has funded in the past, view the project pages and fellow pages on the website. Selected fellows with an interest in cybersecurity are also eligible to become joint fellows with the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC).

Fellow Engagement and Commitment

  • Each team member becomes a CTSP 2018 Fellow, and receives $2000 each
  • Fellows are expected to become active members of the CTSP community and attend CTSP events, and have opportunities to sponsor or speak at their own events featuring their work and areas of interest
  • Fellows must write a minimum of one blog post for Citizen Technologist, the CTSP blog. The post can include findings or an update from your CTSP sponsored project, or address a separate topic of interest to CTSP
  • Fellows must acknowledge CTSP support in publications and other outputs resulting from their fellowship related work, and complete a mid-term (April) and a final report at the conclusion of the project or fellow year (December) documenting project progress
  • Joint CTSP-CLTC fellows will have additional opportunities and acknowledgement from CLTC

Application Guidelines

CTSP seeks short-term collaborative project proposals that address one or more of the four focus areas: Sensors & Society, Democracy + Technology, Vital Questions, and Fairness* and Opacity*.

Proposals must describe the project and how it addresses the chosen focus area(s), and should include one or more clearly defined outcomes. The scope of what your team may propose to do is open-ended and may include a publishable paper, a detailed design or engineering prototype, a whitepaper or regulatory proposal, a public event or a documentary film. We are looking to fund thoughtful and creative but concrete ideas to advance the state of knowledge, solve problems, and promote understanding in the four areas.

Projects can be independent endeavors, or can be undertaken with the cooperation or sponsorship of a nonprofit, NGO, or government agency. If your project has a “client” as its beneficiary, we will ask that they submit a statement confirming their sponsorship, outlining how the project will benefit their organization, and how your contribution will be maintained (if applicable) past the project’s conclusion.

Application Requirements

  • Since close collaboration is a goal of the fellowship, teams of 2-4 people will be preferred to individual projects or large groups. If you are proposing an individual project, please describe any other planned sources of collaboration for your project, such as outside experts or organizations.
  • Teams led by or including undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs, are encouraged to apply. A current UC Berkeley affiliation for one or more team members is highly preferred.
  • Team members (especially more junior members) must have a very clear contribution to the project beyond assisting a more senior member in order to be considered a fellow.
  • Teams may work in collaboration with a faculty member (which must be detailed in the proposal), but CTSP is interested in funding *early* scholars in their work. Tenure track faculty members and other more senior scholars have many other funding opportunities available, and will not be considered as fellows.
  • Teams without a Berkeley affiliation will be given special consideration if there is a commitment from their home institution to match CTSP funds, or provide other means of support. A clear statement about how non-affiliates will be able to contribute to the CTSP community given proximity or distance to the center is also requested. Please contact us at CTSP@berkeley.edu prior to applying if your team fits this category.
  • Team members may apply on more than one team during this application cycle. However, a fellow will only receive one financial award but will be required to complete their commitments for all projects accepted.
  • Past fellows are encouraged to apply again, but CTSP should not be seen as a continual funding mechanism for the same project. We hope fellows will propose new projects or substantial new additions to previously funded projects, and clearly state why continued affiliation with CTSP will help the project succeed.
  • Projects that support a non-profit/NGO or government need, or that otherwise address an issue of concern to the public, are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Projects should be designed to accomplish stated deliverables within the fellow project timeline between January and December. However, projects are encouraged to develop and continue past this tenure.

Evaluation Criteria

Project proposals will be evaluated for impact, or their ability to advance the state of affairs in one or more of CTSP’s focus areas; collaboration, or their building of connections between individuals, multiple perspectives, skill sets and/or disciplines; and reach, or their relevance beyond purely academic or other niche audiences.

What to Submit

Proposals will be submitted in three parts:

  • Part 1 — Application Form
    Please fill out and attach the application form.
  • Part 2 — De-identified project proposal
    Please remove personally identifying information in this first part so that proposal review can be based on the quality of the project idea rather than the identities of those involved, to the extent possible. In approximately 2 pages, please describe your project, its length, how it addresses your chosen focus area(s), and the desired outcome(s) of your project. Details are useful, but please be succinct. Figures, sketches, hyperlinks, and references are welcomed though not required, and you can take an additional page to include these if necessary.
  • Part 3 — Identified team description
    In one page, please describe each member of your team, their relevant skills and experiences, and any skill(s) they hope to develop as a result of their work on the project. Please also include what each team member proposes to contribute to the project, and any interest they have in building the broader CTSP community (for example by blogging, or connecting people who should meet). If any team member has experience in the public sphere (blogging, speaking, disseminating ideas, hosting events, etc.), please note that as well.

Please submit these three parts as separate PDFs. Only one application per group, please.

Applications are due Monday, December 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

Please submit these three parts as separate PDFs. Only one application per group, please.

Click here to upload your completed application.

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