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The Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP) at The George Washington University is pleased to announce a call for fellowship proposals in support of research projects aligned with IDDP’s mission to help the public, journalists, and policymakers understand digital media’s influence on public dialogue and opinion, and to develop sound solutions to disinformation and other ills that arise in these spaces.

Applications are open for IDDP Research Fellowships in support of outstanding academic research projects proposed by PhD or other terminal degree-holders at any stage of their career--but with particular priority given to early career scholars. Applicants may submit proposals for research-related expenses up to $25,000.

Proposals will be evaluated by IDDP’s Research Council, comprising its five cluster leads (see Research Clusters) and the IDDP Associate Director, giving particular priority to projects that:

  • Align with IDDP’s core mission;
  • Focus on historically marginalized communities;
  • Build bridges between academic research, on the one hand, and journalists, policymakers, and/or civil society representatives, on the other;
  • Demonstrate careful attention to scientific, legal, and other research best practices, including data ethics;
  • Are feasible in scope, given material and time constraints;
  • Are reasonable in cost.

IDDP fellowships may be used to support research conducted between January 1 and December 31, 2021.

Applications should comprise:

  • A brief bio of no more than 200 words;
  • CV;
  • Project abstract of no more than 250 words;
  • Project proposal.

Project proposals should be no more than 5 single-spaced pages (Arial 11-point font, with standard 1-inch margins), excluding references, and contain a(n):

  • Scope of work, including research questions, objectives, and methodology;
  • Outputs or deliverables;
  • Project timeline;
  • Budget and budget justification.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document via email to IDDP Associate Director David Broniatowski ([email protected]) by December 15, 2020.