The CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program offers a competitive one-year fellowship to graduate and undergraduate students to encourage collaborative research and development of technology for social good. Tech for Social Good is open to all graduate and undergraduate students from all majors (including, arts, humanities, bio-sciences, social sciences, and engineering), and we are seeking a diverse mix of projects – not just tech development projects, but also ones focused on better understanding the role technology plays in relation to social good.
To achieve its mission, Tech for Social Good graduate fellows are expected to engage up to two (2) Tech for Social Good undergraduate fellows in hands-on research, including engagement in reading groups, lab meetings, and conferences, as appropriate.
To support their collaborative research, Tech for Social Good graduate fellows will receive $2,000, and Tech for Social Good undergraduate fellows will receive $500.
In addition to working on their projects, Tech for Social Good fellows will be expected to participate in biweekly meetings with the Tech for Social Good co-directors to share progress and participate in hands-on workshops to advance their research and mentorship skills.
The Tech for Social Good Fellows Track is partially supported through a partnership with the Center for Technology, Society & Policy at the School of Information (CTSP). CTSP’s mission is to address current technology policy debates within the following programs: 1) Sensors and Society, 2) Technology and Democracy, 3) Technology driven health and wellness, and 4) Algorithmic fairness and transparency.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is eligible to apply?
- UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a one-year Tech for Social Good Fellowship.
- UC Berkeley undergraduate students are eligible to serve as Tech for Social Good undergraduate fellows and must apply to be partnered with a Tech for Social Good graduate fellow.
What is the application and selection process?
- UCB Berkeley Graduate Students: Graduate students apply by filling out the Graduate Application Form and providing a detailed summary of a targeted project to be completed during the 2017-2018 academic year, including the roles and responsibilities of the undergraduate fellow(s) on the application form. Graduate fellow applicants may also identify prospective undergraduate students in their application, if there is an existing preference. These undergraduate students must also complete the Undergraduate Application Form.
- UC Berkeley Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate students have a two-step application process: 1) Complete the Undergraduate Application Form for consideration; 2) undergraduate fellows must be selected by a graduate fellow to work on a project. Note: Applying to become a Tech for Social Good undergraduate fellow does not guarantee placement with a Tech for Social Good graduate fellow.
What are the deadlines for applying?
- Deadline for the 2017-2018 Tech for Social Good Fellows Program is at 11:59 pm PST on October 18, 2017.
How much funding can I apply for?
- Tech for Social Good Graduate Fellows will receive $2,000 and each Undergraduate Fellow will receive $500 to support their collaborative research.
- Only one application per student will be accepted per academic year.
What are the requirements for a Tech for Social Good Fellowship application?
- All applicants must be affiliated with UC Berkeley.
- Projects should be capable of presenting mid-term results by March 2018 (product demo, discussion of current research findings, etc.), and being fully completed by 8/15/17.
- Graduate fellows are required to put together a detailed project plan that outlines methods for tracking, recording, and reporting progress and achievements back to the Tech for Social Good Review Committee.
- Graduate fellows must complete the budget template form (.xls template) and submit with their online application.
- Each graduate fellow is expected to engage up to two (2) Tech for Social Good undergraduate fellows in hands-on discovery and learning, including engagement in reading groups, lab meetings, and conferences, as appropriate.
- Graduate fellows and their undergraduate fellows must produce a minimum of two “blog” posts or articles, and multimedia documentation (e.g., photos and video) to be shared via the CITRIS and the Banatao Institute website and social media, where appropriate.
- Project duration is from the release of funds until August 15, 2018.
- All project teams must present their project at a CITRIS and the Banatao Institute-organized showcase event to be held in early April 2018.
- NOTE REGARDING HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH: It is your responsibility to determine if your project includes “Human Subjects Research.” If yes, you must ensure that all IRB approvals have been obtained before work on your project begins. NO FUNDS WILL BE ALLOCATED FOR ANY PART OF YOUR PROJECT if verification in the form of the review letter from IRB has not been received. More information on IRB requirements available at http://cphs.berkeley.edu/.
What types of projects are funded?
- Any project that relates to tech for social good, including basic research and technology development.
What is the timeline to apply for the Tech for Social Good Fellowship?
- Mon., Sept. 18: CITRIS Tech for Social Good Fellows applications open
- Wed., Oct. 4, 5-6 pm: CITRIS Tech for Social Good Info Session, Room 250, Sutardja Dai Hall
- Wed., Oct. 18, 11:59 pm PST: CITRIS Tech for Social Good Fellows application deadline
- Early November: Awardees announced
- Mid-November: Funds distributed
- April 2018: Tech for Social Good Showcase Event