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Call for Proposals: Social Data Research & Dissertation Fellowships by Social Science Research Council, USA: Submit by June 16

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Proposals are now invited by The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for the Social Data Research & Dissertation Fellowships 2020. The Fellowship seeks to encourage multifaceted pathways for the collection and analysis of social data, with the larger aim of cultivating robust research on technology and society.

In particular, we are interested in supporting research that makes creative use of available social data to investigate how social media interact with democracy and elections. Expanding ethical scholarly access, use, and analysis of a range of social data is critical to understanding the complex ways that social media and other technologies impact political life and processes.

Focus Areas

SSRC invites proposals from scholars in the social sciences and related fields for the Social Data Research Fellowship and the Social Data Dissertation Fellowship. These fellowships will support research projects of up to 12 months in length that are focused on two key areas:

  1. Advancing scholarly research on the role of social media in elections and democracy, with an emphasis on the 2020 US elections, including local, state, and/or national primary or general elections. Topics may include (but are not limited to) disinformation, polarization, election integrity, political engagement, political advertising, microtargeting, voter suppression, forms of algorithmic bias related to elections, the impact of news reporting and changes to the media ecosystem, or other related areas.
  2. Expanding best practices and methods for accessing and analyzing relevant data that can inform our understanding of the impact of social media on democracy, including (but not limited to) new methods of data collection and sharing; exploring implications for data privacy and ethics; alternative proxy data to inform our broader understanding of proprietary social media data; and ethnographic, journalistic, or other qualitative approaches to data collection.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The Social Data Research Fellowship program is open to researchers who hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and are based at an institution of higher education (college or university) or a non-profit focused on social research. These awards may not exceed $50,000 US.
  • The Social Data Dissertation Fellowship program is open to Ph.D. students who are actively enrolled in a Ph.D. program, who may apply for awards of up to $15,000 US in support of dissertation research. Applicants to the program should have completed all Ph.D. coursework by the beginning of the fellowship term.
Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed according to the highest standards of academic research. All proposals are carefully reviewed by SSRC staff to ensure that the proposal meets basic eligibility requirements and that the application fulfills all submission requirements. Each application is then reviewed by persons outside of SSRC who are knowledgeable in the particular fields, methods, or approaches represented by the proposal.

Call for Proposals

Candidates submitting the proposals need to submit the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Project Narrative
  • Data Management Plan
  • CV
  • Budget
  • Letter of Affiliation

To submit your proposals online, click here.

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The last date to submit your proposals is June 16, 2020.

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