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    Matthew K. Gold

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    *From:* danah boyd <>
    *Date:* December 4, 2017 at 2:34:12 PM EST
    *To:* AOIR Research <>
    *Subject:* *[Air-L] Data & Society Call for 2018-2019 Fellows*

    Please forward as you see fit. Note that this year, we are intentionally
    accepting faculty fellows. <grin>

    Data & Society Call for 2018-2019 Fellows <;

    We are now accepting applications for our 2018-19 fellows class.
    The deadline to apply is January 15, 2018.

    Please direct inquiries about the fellows program or application process to <
    <>> .
    Questions will not reflect negatively on your application. Don’t hesitate
    to get in touch!


    Data & Society is assembling its fifth class of fellows to join us from
    September 1, 2018. (Please meet our current and past fellows classes at <
    people/fellows/> .) Data & Society works towards a future in which the
    values that shape technology are visible and intentionally chosen with
    respect for human dignity. We conduct interdisciplinary research and build
    a field of actors to ensure that knowledge guides development and
    governance of technology. Our annual fellows program helps ensure that new
    connections and perspectives deepen and expand our community’s
    understanding of the challenges and opportunities society faces in a
    data-centric world.

    Data & Society fellows have pursued academic research, written code,
    created art, brought together communities of activists and practice, run
    workshops, worked closely with Data & Society’s in-house research team and
    each other, and much more. Current and past fellows are academics and
    researchers, artists and activists, coders and technologists, journalists,
    lawyers, and community organizers concerned with the implications of
    data-centric technology’s role in reconfiguring society. We are engaged,
    individually and together, in interrogating and articulating those
    implications and developing frames that can help society address emergent

    The fellowship is intentionally broad and inclusive of a range of output
    and engagement. As we build the 2018-19 class, we’re continuing to embrace
    breadth and diversity, but we are providing some categories to help better
    guide applicants and to ensure fellows are supported within Data &
    Society’s programs and productively connected to others in the Data &
    Society community.

    *2018-19 Fellowships*

    For the coming year, we are seeking 8-10 fellows across four categories:

    1) Arts and Culture:
    Artistic and cultural production can advance public understanding of the
    complexities of data-centric technologies and can drive individual and
    collective imagining of multiple futures. We are looking for arts and
    culture fellows who will connect to Data & Society research topics and
    whose work challenges commonplace narratives running through debate and
    public discourse around technology.

    2) Organizational Bridging:
    Fellows from other organizations, companies, or public sector entities who
    are grappling directly with questions around data-centric technologies and
    automation bring a crucial, practical frame to Data & Society’s work.
    Bridge fellows will come with a mandate from their organization to explore
    a particular question or issue during their time at Data & Society and to
    bring that knowledge back to their home institution. With the fellow, we
    will actively seek to build a strong relationship over the course of the
    fellowship between Data & Society and the fellow’s home institution. We’re
    especially interested in applicants who play a legal or policy role in
    their home institution.

    3) Computer and Data Science:
    Technical fellows at Data & Society bring a core research question to their
    time within the organization; they are also looking to explore the social,
    cultural and political implications of technological choices. Technical
    fellows may come from academia, industry, civil society, or the public
    sector. We expect technical fellows will have an advanced degree in
    computer or data science or equivalent, relevant experience.

    4) Faculty Fellows:
    We are seeking faculty fellows whose Data & Society fellowship project will
    contribute to an existing, in-house research initiative. In this category,
    we invite applications from faculty of any rank who are at least three
    years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship.
    Eligible fields include the social sciences (anthropology, sociology,
    political economy, science and technology studies, history, etc.); law,
    jurisprudence, or policy; business; or a social science or humanistic field
    as long as the applicant’s work engages the social and cultural
    implications of data-centric technologies and automation.

    *Participation & Cohort*

    While we are prioritizing four kinds of fellows for the 2018-19 year, the
    core intent of the program has not changed: This is not a fellowship for
    those who want to spend a year head-down on an independent project. Rather,
    this is a program for people who are looking for ways to create impact both
    within and beyond their field, who can see the value of their work within
    an interdisciplinary community – and on a bigger stage.

    Fellows commit to being in residence at the D&S loft in New York City for
    two days each week. Each fellow, over the course of their fellowship, will
    pursue a project or set of activities of their own design.

    Fellows are also asked to engage with D&S – both at the organizational
    level and with the broader community. This engagement can take a number of
    different forms, from organizing small group sessions with visitors, to
    developing workshops, to working on in-house publications, and much, much
    more. We ask that all fellows either participate in or lead a monthly
    reading group, as well as participate in a lightweight round of regular D&S
    activities designed to strengthen community and research connections.
    Beyond that, the choice of where and how to participate is part of the
    fellowship design process between the fellow and D&S staff.

    Together with our in-house research team and postdocs, fellows form the
    annual Data & Society cohort – a group of approximately 45 colleagues who
    come together as the core of Data & Society’s research and field-building
    efforts. Beyond the in-house cohort, Data & Society fellows are also
    connected to past fellows, our affiliates, and a broad field of actors both
    in New York City and beyond who regularly pass through D&S for workshops,
    seminars, social gatherings, and talks.

    *Projects & Themes*

    Potential fellows are invited to imagine a specific project or set of
    activities, in one of the four categories above, that they will execute to
    help society’s understanding of a world permeated by data. Successful
    fellowship projects inform, convene, intervene, or provoke – with an eye to
    broader impact. We are open to a wide range of potential outputs, from
    papers and op-eds to events, code, and art installations. We are also
    interested in creating connections and exchange between our in-house
    research and fellows’ projects. We also love it when our fellows experiment
    with new ideas or stretch our work and network in unexpected directions. We
    expect that the themes that run through our 2018-19 fellows class will be a
    combination of the familiar and the unexpected.

    Some of Data & Society’s ongoing, in-house research topics include:
    artificial intelligence; precision medicine and heath; media manipulation
    and disinformation; the future of labor; human rights, data, and refugee
    populations; and fairness, accountability, and transparency in technical

    Again, we welcome applications that pose entirely new questions and topics
    and push D&S in new directions, as well as applications that complement and
    expand our current research themes.


    Residency typically runs from September 1 through June 30 of the following
    year. If you would like to apply for a fellowship but cannot commit to a
    full term, please flag that in your application, as we may be able to
    accommodate some variations.


    Fellows commit to two days a week in residence for the full term and are
    offered a stipend of $25,000, with additional, approved project costs
    available to them. If we are able to accommodate a fellowship period
    shorter than ten months, the stipend will be pro-rated on a monthly basis.

    All fellows will have access to desks/workspaces, meeting rooms, email
    addresses, etc., and programmatic and organizational support to advance
    their work.

    As a 501(c)(3) organization, we support fellows in applying for both
    federal and philanthropic grants, and we work with fellows currently
    holding grants to craft an appropriate fellowship that allows them to honor
    commitments to grantors.

    While we welcome applications from outside the United States, we are
    currently unable to support the acquisition of visas. If you are applying
    from outside the United States and are accepted, you will need to secure
    your own visa and, depending on your situation, work permit.

    *Application Process*

    To apply for a Data & Society fellowship, we’ll ask you to complete an
    application at Submittable. You’ll be submitting information about yourself
    and your work to date, including:

    – cover letter;
    – resume or CV;
    – work samples;
    – project summary and brief (1000 word) proposal;
    – names and email addresses of three references.

    Note that references will automatically receive an email from Submittable,
    the application platform, prompting them to submit a letter of reference to
    Data & Society. Please make sure your references whitelist

    *First-round applications are due January 15, 2018.* Second-round
    applicants will be contacted for an interview with D&S staff, fellows,
    and/or advisors, and may be asked for additional information such as
    project budgets as they move through the review process.

    Successful applicants will be notified in the spring, with a public
    announcement to follow.

    If you are interested in applying to be a Data & Society fellow, please
    complete the application form at <; by *January 15, 2018*.

    To view this call for fellows online, as well as an FAQ, visit <;

    The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity
    of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience,
    national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome
    applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and
    persons with disabilities.

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