Join CTSP as a Fellow or Affiliate

Propose a Project, Become a Fellow

The request for proposals and application for our next funding cycle (January-August 2017) is now open until November 28, 2016. To better understand the types of projects the Center funds, have a look at our 2015-2016 projects and fellows.

The Center for Technology, Society, and Policy (CTSP) project proposal process is the centerpiece of our annual cycle. Each member of an accepted project proposal team becomes a fellow of the Center. 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

  • Receive $2,000 per team member for their collaborative projects
  • Attend CTSP events as possible; this may include giving a presentation about your project
  • 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 the Center
  • Fellows may propose events for CTSP sponsorship to help disseminate ideas and build community
  • Acknowledge CTSP support in publications and other outputs
  • Complete a mid-term (April) and a final report (August) documenting project progress
  • If selected as a joint CTSP-CLTC fellow, be acknowledged on the CLTC website and write a short statement on the relationship of their research to cybersecurity

Application Guidelines

CTSP seeks short-term collaborative project proposals that address one or more of the four focus areas: engineering ethics; digital citizenship; empirical studies of technology policy; and building the technology and public policy pipeline.

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. Feel free to stretch the boundaries a bit here. 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 non-profit, 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.

Additional Guidelines

  • 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.
  • 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. Please contact us at 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.
  • 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 August. However, projects are encouraged to develop and continue past this tenure.
  • Fellows from the 2015-2016 cycle may reapply with new project proposals this term.

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 — 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 about 2 pages, please describe your project, how long it will take, how it addresses the chosen focus area(s), and the outcome(s) of your project. No budget is desired unless your project requires additional funding beyond your combined $1,500 fellowships. Details are useful, but this isn’t meant to be a formal NSF-style proposal; please be succinct. Figures, sketches, hyperlinks, and references are welcomed though not required, and you can take an additional page or two to include these if necessary. If you want to stretch the boundaries a bit, you can also submit your application as a website or video. But a typical 2-page written proposal will be completely acceptable.
  • Part 2 — 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.), note that as well.
  • Part 3 – Application
    Please download and fill out the two-page application (located below). The application is a form-fillable PDF file that should be saved and submitted as a PDF. The application asks for your project title, team members, project deliverables, and allows you to indicate whether your project has a cybersecurity focus. Projects that include a focus on cybersecurity will be co-funded by the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) and accepted Fellows will be joint fellows of both CTSP and CLTC.
Applications are due Monday, November 28, 2016 at Midnight PST.

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

Click here to upload your completed application.


Please reach out to us with any clarifying questions about the application process. Below are a couple of questions that have come up more than once. We’ll add to these as necessary.

Q: Can I be a part of more than one proposal? Can my team submit more than one proposal?

Yes, with a word of caution. In general, we want to be flexible and open to experimentation and a variety of potential collaborations. We don’t want to foreclose something that might be interesting. That said, focus on quality over quantity. Submitting one clearly articulated proposal is a better strategy than submitting three vague ones.

Q: Can I submit a proposal if I live outside the U.S.? What if my project will take place outside the U.S.?

Sorry, but this year we are requiring all project team members to reside in the U.S.

Q: No one on my team attends or is affiliated with U.C. Berkeley. Can we still apply?

We encourage you to contact us in advance to discuss your proposal. We are giving preference to teams with at least one Berkeley member. However, if your project is a good fit for our mission, we will consider it.

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