Call for Applications - Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Award

TPRC (the Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy) and the Benton Foundation announce the third year of the Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Award recognizing scholarship in the area of digital inclusion and broadband adoption. 

Early Career scholars (those currently enrolled in a degree program or no more than five years from receipt of most recent degree) are invited to submit per the guidelines below. The winner of this special honor will be presented with a $1,500 cash prize at lunch during the TPRC47 conference and the TPRC Conference fee will be waived. The winner will be required to contribute a blog article based on the winning submission for publication on the Benton Foundation website.

Applicants are invited to submit any/all of the following for consideration: (1) an original empirically-based research paper pertaining to the area of digital inclusion and/or broadband adoption, (2) a policy proposal for digital inclusion and broadband adoption with a discussion of the justification, and/or (3) an essay on a topic dealing with digital inclusion and/or broadband adoption. Submissions must be less than 25 double-spaced, typewritten pages, inclusive of notes and bibliography and will not have been formally published in a peer review outlet prior to TPRC47.

Submissions must be received by May 31. The recipient will be chosen by a TPRC Board Committee. The winner will be informed by July 15 and the winner will be required to attend the conference and agree to work with Benton Foundation’s Executive Editor, Kevin Taglang, to produce the blog article for benton.org by December 31, 2019. For questions concerning this Award, please contact Prof. Robin Mansell at r.e.mansell@lse.ac.uk

Submissions should be made below. 

For the full TPRC47 Call for Papers, see link

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About TPRC: The leading conference on communications, information and Internet policy, TPRC promotes interdisciplinary thinking on current and emerging issues in communications and the Internet by disseminating and discussing new research relevant to policy questions in the U.S. and around the world. It serves researchers, policymakers, and members of the private sector and civil society, from students to well-established practitioners. 

About the Benton Foundation and Charles Benton: Charles Benton was a determined, passionate, and agile businessman and philanthropist who pursued a vision to bring open, affordable high-capacity broadband to people in the U.S. to ensure a thriving democracy. Benton believes that communications policy—rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity—has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities to bridge our divides.

A regular attendee at TPRC’s annual conference, Charles is fondly remembered for his commitment to digital inclusion and broadband adoption. He was passionate about making knowledge accessible, encouraging researchers and scholars to bring their work to practice and public policy.

  • Benton curates and distributes the only free, reliable, and non-partisan daily digest of media and communications news.

  • Benton connects stakeholders through information sharing and analysis to frame and promote conversation and a more inclusive debate around communications policy.

  • Benton supports legal and policy experts who preserve and strengthen the public benefits of America’s communications environment, who can nourish and protect democratic values, and who can communicate to the public why this all matters.

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FAQ s

1. What is the deadline for application?

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FEB. 15 - MAY 31, WITH NOTIFICATION BY JULY 15.

2. Can I apply for the Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Award and the Student Paper Award?

YES, BUT YOU MUST APPLY SEPARATELY TO EACH AND YOU MAY ONLY WIN ONE.

3. Can I participate in the TPRC Graduate Student Consortium (GSC)? Do I need to apply separately?

YOU WILL BE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GSC IF ELIGIBLE, BUT EACH APPLICATION PROCESS IS SEPARATE.

4. Do I have to attend the conference and agree to produce a blog article for the Benton Foundation in order to win?

YES

5. My paper/poster was accepted for presentation at the conference! Am I also eligible for the Benton Junior Scholar Award?

CONGRATULATIONS! YES, YOU MAY PRESENT YOUR PAPER/POSTER AND STILL WIN THE AWARD.

6. My paper/policy proposal/essay is co-authored with another scholar. Can it still be considered for this award?

(i) IF A SUBMISSION IS CO-AUTHORED BY TWO OR MORE ELIGIBLE EARLY CAREER SCHOLARS, THEN THE WORK IS ELIGIBLE, AND THE AWARD CAN BE SPLIT BY THE AUTHORS.

(ii) IF THE PRIMARY AUTHOR OF A SUBMISSION IS A PH.D. STUDENT, AND THE EARLY CAREER  SCHOLAR’S FACULTY DISSERTATION ADVISOR IS LISTED AS A SECONDARY AUTHOR, THEN THE WORK IS ELIGIBLE BUT THE ADVISOR IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ANY PORTION OF THE AWARD. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE, THE SECONDARY AUTHOR MUST SUBMIT A LETTER ATTACHED TO THE WORK, VERIFYING THAT THE EARLY CAREER SCHOLAR WAS THE PRIMARY AUTHOR, THAT THE PRIMARY AUTHOR WAS A PH.D. STUDENT WHEN THE RESEARCH WAS DONE, AND THAT THE SECONDARY AUTHOR WAS THE PRIMARY AUTHOR’S FACULTY DISSERTATION ADVISOR. FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE LETTER WITH THE SUBMISSION WILL DISQUALIFY THE AUTHOR FROM RECEIVING THE AWARD.

(iii) IF A SUBMISSION IS CO-AUTHORED WITH A SENIOR SCHOLAR OR OTHER NON-ELIGIBLE APPLICANT WHO WAS NOT THE FACULTY DISSERTATION ADVISOR OF A PRIMARY AUTHOR, THEN THE PAPER/POLICY PROPOSAL/ESSAY IS NOT ELIGIBLE.

7. Can I submit more than once for the Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Award in a given year?

YES