Call for Applications: The SSRC Data Fluencies Dissertation Grants

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites proposals from PhD candidates across the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, data sciences, and related fields to apply to the Data Fluencies Dissertation Grants competition.

The Mellon Foundation generously supports the Data Fluencies Project, which collaborates with the Digital Democracies Institute at Simon Fraser University to counteract the negative effects of online misinformation and discriminatory technology in order to promote more just and equitable futures. In order to express, imagine, and create innovative engagements with (and resistances to) our data-filled world, the Data Fluencies Project is developing an expansive and interdisciplinary approach that combines the interpretative traditions of the arts and humanities with critical work in the social and data sciences.

Among the potential topics to be supported by the grants are projects applying humanist and humanistic social science methods to understand:

  • mis- and disinformation
  • information integrity
  • public-interest technology
  • digital culture
  • privacy and surveillance 
  • AI and algorithmic management
  • labor in the era of data
  • big data governance and accountability
  • alternative epistemologies stemming from feminist, Indigenous, or Black theoretical perspective


Data Fluencies Dissertation Grants projects will be awarded for up to $15,000 per award.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary and cross-regional review committee based on;

  • their relevance, quality, intellectual merit, innovation potential, the fit between their research question and research design, and feasibility.
  • a thorough knowledge of the central concepts, theories, and methods in the applicant’s discipline and other related fields and provide a bibliography relevant to the research
  • evidence of having attained an appropriate level of training to undertake the proposed research, including evidence of a degree of language fluency sufficient to complete the project.
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Submission Process

Data Fluencies Dissertation Grants application requires an application form and the following:

  • Research Proposal
  • 2-page curriculum vitae
  • 3-page bibliography
  • 1-page itemized budget narrative
  • Maximum one-page timeline of activities.

To apply for the 2024 SSRC Data Fluencies Dissertation Grants, click here.

Deadline: January 24, 2024.

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