National Gender Fellowships on Gender and the Digital Economy 2022 by IT for Change [Paid Fellowships]: Apply by Aug 31

it for change gender fellowship on gender and digital economy 2022 paid fellowship

IT for Change is inviting proposals for National Gender Fellowships on Gender and the Digital Economy 2022 for 2 tracks. Read on for more details.

About the Organization

IT for Change is an NGO based in Bengaluru, India. IT for Change aims for a society in which digital technologies contribute to human rights, social justice and equity. Most mainstream approaches to digital technologies for development are either techno-utopia or promote a market-fundamentalist approach, often both together. A digital makeover of economies and societies has become a convenient opportunity for wholesale corporatisation of social systems, displacing the cornerstone ethics of democratic participation, commons, social justice and gender equality from development discourse.

National Gender Fellowships on Gender and the Digital Economy

The National Gender Fellowships are an opportunity for early-career researchers to contribute rigorous research and analysis on key questions that concern the future of women’s work in India, catalysing a body of knowledge that engages with an existing scholarship while exploring new horizons in the domain of digitalisation.

The objective is to build critique and to propose ways forward. The evidence generated through the Fellowships, we hope, can support policymakers, worker organisations, cooperative federations, social intermediaries, training institutes, etc. to rethink their strategies and work to promote the rights of women in the digital economy.

The Fellowships are an exciting opportunity for early-career researchers to undertake paid research in an emerging domain and benefit from avenues for peer interaction and mentorship.

Fellowship Tracks

As part of their ongoing projects on gender and the digital economy, IT for Change invites proposals and pitches under two National Gender Fellowship tracks.

  • Research Fellowships under their European Commission supported project, Centering Women in India’s Digitalizing Economy. This Fellowship seeks original research papers. The authors of selected research papers will have the opportunity to present their work at a National Policy Event to be hosted by IT for Change in April 2022. 10 Fellowships of INR 2,29,000 each will be awarded under this track for a total duration of 6 months.
  • Fellowships for Longform Essay as part of The Feminist Observatory of the Internet, our collaboration with the World Wide Web Foundation. This Fellowship seeks analytical longform essays. 10 Fellowships of INR 60,000 each will be awarded under this track for a total duration of 3 months.

Themes

  • Changing macroeconomic conditions under digitalisation and impact on women’s work
    • New or changing forms of women’s work under digitalisation;
    • Technology-driven transformation of traditional sectors, such as agriculture and manufacturing, and its implications for women’s work;
    • Trends in digitalisation and servicification and its implications for women’s labour force participation;
    • International division of labour and regional inequalities;
    • Technological developments (for e.g.: automation), frontier technologies (for e.g.: artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, etc.) and the potential impact on women’s work.
  • Digital labour market dynamics and working conditions of women workers
    • Forms of gender inequality in digital value chains (occupational segregation, wage differentials);
    • Discrimination and bias in techno-design and labour markets;
    • Working conditions and occupational safety of women in the digital economy;
    • Access to remedy and redressal for labour and human rights violations;
    • New forms of organising, union activity and collective bargaining;
    • Algorithmic management and data-based surveillance of workers.
  • Reproductive labour and gender relations in the digital economy
    • Sexual division of labour under digitalisation of work;
    • Digitalisation of work and impact on gender norms;
    • Affective and immaterial labour in platform ecosystems (for e.g.: content moderation)
    • Imagining gender-just futures in the digital economy.
  • Studying the policy environment
    • Corporate governance and accountability for (women) worker rights;
    • Designing social security schemes for a feminist future of work;
    • Skilling, reskilling and digital literacy policies;
    • Affirmative policies aimed at women’s businesses in the digital economy.
  • Alternative models and gender-responsive governance of data and platforms
    • Alternative platform models run by women’s businesses;
    • The role of social intermediaries and their initiatives for women workers;
    • Social and solidarity economy and a feminist future of work.

Note: These themes and sub-themes are indicative, and not exhaustive. All proposals relating to the field of gender and the digital economy, provided the proposals are original and methodologically sound, are invited.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for either Fellowship, you may be an independent researcher, feminist scholar, postgraduate or doctoral student, development professional, legal practitioner, journalist, or civil society activist who meets the following criteria.

  • Track 1: Research Fellowship: Restricted to women below the age of 35 with an undergraduate degree and a background in research. Only Indian citizens can apply for this Fellowship.
  • Track 2: Fellowship for Longform Essay: Open to people of all genders below the age of 35 with an undergraduate degree and experience in authoring analytical research-based longform essays. Only Indian citizens can apply for this Fellowship.

Format of the Fellowship Proposal Applications

  • Proposals for Track 1 and pitches for Track 2 should demonstrate relevance to the objectives of this call, identify clearly the problem statement, and elaborate appropriately on how the methodology will lead to the analysis.
  • The ideas must display a sound grasp of the intent of the call and its focus on gender in the digital economy.
  • Ideas proposed should consider, but need not be limited to, the themes and sub-themes outlined above.

For Track 1:

  • Research papers of up to 10,000 words.
  • Quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research are admitted.
  • The use of primary data and field research is recommended.
  • Studies can range from in-depth qualitative inquiry to secondary data analysis based on econometric and statistical methods and a case study approach.
  • Comparative analysis of regions and countries is also welcome if implications for India are clearly delineated.

For Track 2:

  • Essays between 4,000 to 5,000 words.
  • The essays shoulb involve extensive reportage and an original analytical framework, that take the form of investigative pieces, longform reportage or data-based analysis, including use of data visualisation (examples include articles produced by the Caravan, Slate’s Future Tense, Rest of World, Logic magazine, OneZero, and Notes From Below).
  • Additions in the form of photos and any other relevant multimedia documentation are encouraged.
  • Original proposals and pitches for both Tracks.
  • However, in exceptional circumstances, applications that build on pre-existing work may be considered, provided the proposal demonstrates a new direction of inquiry.

Factors for Deciding Fellowship Tracks

If you wish to pursue primary research and are able to produce a research report of 10,000 words in a 6-month time period from October 2021 to March 2022, you may apply for Track 1.

If you wish to author a shorter 4,000 to 5,000 word analytical piece that is accessible and journalistic over a 3-month time period from October to December 2021, you may apply for Track 2.

Important Dates

For Track 1

Announcement of call for proposalsJuly 28, 2021
Deadline to submit applicationsAugust 31, 2021
Selection of candidatesMid-September 2021
Submission of revised research proposalsLast week of September 2021
Two-day institute with Fellows and other participantsOctober 13-14, 2021
Research processOctober-December 2021
Progress updates in peer-group meetingsDecember 2021
Submission of the first draft of research paperJanuary 2022
Review and feedback processesJanuary-February 2022
Final submission of research paper (up to 10,000 words)March 2022
Presentation of selected research papers under Track 1
at a National Policy Event Roundtable organised by
IT for Change
April 2022

For Track 2

Announcement of call for proposalsJuly 28, 2021
Deadline to submit applicationsAugust 31, 2021
Selection of candidatesMid-September 2021
Submission of revised pitchesLast week of September 2021
Two-day institute with Fellows and other participantsOctober 13-14, 2021
Field and writing processOctober-November 2021
Submission of the first draft of the essayDecember 2021
Review and feedback processesDecember 2021
Final submission of essay (up to 5,000 words)January 2022


How to Apply?

Track 1: Research Fellowships under the project Centering Women in India’s Digitalizing Economy

Proposals for research papers under Track 1 can be submitted through this application form.

Track 2: Fellowships for Longform Essays under the project The Feminist Observatory of the Internet

Pitches for research-based analytical longreads under Track 2 can be submitted through this application form.

Evaluation

All proposals will be evaluated for:

  • Strength of application (including research/writing credentials of applicant and clarity of
  • research question);
  • Originality of the proposal idea;
  • Methodological rigour;
  • Potential contribution to field building.

Click here for detailed information on the Fellowship.

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