Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Just Tech Fellowship 2024 ($100,000 Per Year) – APPLY NOW

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is excited to announce that they are accepting applications for the third cohort of the Just Tech Fellowship. This fellowship aims to support and mobilize a diverse group of practitioners to envision and construct technological futures that are equitable, just, and representative. The fellows who are chosen have committed to identifying and combatting injustices that stem from new technologies and striving to find solutions that advance social, political, and economic rights.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Just Tech Fellowship
Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Just Tech Fellowship

The Just Tech Fellowship recognizes that our communities are filled with talented individuals, including artists, activists, technologists, and thinkers who are creating a foundation for equitable change. They need a supportive environment to continue their work. In a world that is grappling with systemic discrimination, the potential of new technology can be reimagined to ensure that expertise and lived experiences shape efforts to bring about structural change. The fellows of the Just Tech Fellowship are working towards creating technological futures that embody justice, equity, agency, knowledge, and joy.


  • Fellows of the Just Tech Fellowship are granted a two-year award of $100,000 per year, along with additional funding to cover extra costs. They also receive seed funding specifically designated for collaborations with fellow Just Tech Fellows. The fellowship recognizes the importance of providing comprehensive support to individuals, acknowledging their complete needs as individuals. This support allows for ample time and space for deep reflection, fosters an engaged community, and provides opportunities for ambitious collaboration and creation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This fellowship aims to prioritize the viewpoints of people belonging to society. Racial or ethnic groups who have been marginalized, oppressed or left out by emerging technologies. This includes but is not limited to Black/African Americans, Latinx/Hispanics, Indigenous peoples, Alaska Native groups, AAPI individuals, religious minorities, gender non-conforming individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities.
  • Applicants from any country are welcome to apply, but fellows are required to reside in the United States during their fellowship period. The SSRC does not provide visa sponsorship and cannot be listed as an affiliate or sponsor for visa applications. Please consult the US State Department for more information on visa requirements.
  • There are no specific educational prerequisites for applicants. They may have academic qualifications. Such as a degree in arts, fine arts, or sciences, or a proven record of accomplishment in their respective fields.
  • The fellowship requires a full-time commitment of 36 hours per week. Candidates who have permanent positions or are involved in teaching must be able to take leave or secure course buyouts for at least one year during their fellowship tenure.

Selection Criteria

Fellows will be chosen through a thorough and rigorous review process. We will assess applications based on the following criteria:

  • Fellowship Goals Alignment: Applicants must support and advance research that explores the impact of technology. With a focus on historically marginalized perspectives. They should also demonstrate a commitment to fostering a diverse community of researchers and practitioners. Additionally, they should show dedication to envisioning and working towards technological futures that promote justice, agency, knowledge, joy, care, and interdependence.
  • Scope of Work: The proposed project should address the intersection between digital and emerging technologies, power dynamics, and social justice. While applicants may apply with a specific project in mind. It is understood that the approach to achieving the project’s end goal may evolve. The project timeline does not necessarily need to be limited to two years. However, applicants should clearly articulate which aspects of the project can be achieved within this timeframe.
  • Clarity of Purpose: Applicants should effectively communicate how they would utilize their time as a fellow to systematically gather evidence. Build understanding, and develop solutions that advance the goals of JustTech and public interest.
  • Public Impact: Applicants should explain how their proposed work will contribute to promoting fairness and social justice. They should also provide evidence of past successful work that has engaged a wide audience through various forms of media or organizing.
  • Collaboration: Applicants should demonstrate a history of successful collaboration and a willingness to collaborate, learn from others, and create together.

 How To Apply For Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Just Tech Fellowship 2024

  • The application portal will become accessible on November 17, 2023. Please be on the lookout for an official announcement. Applications will be reviewed continuously, and the deadline to submit all required materials is January 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Application Deadline

January 31, 2024.



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