Call for Applications - Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award

TPRC (the Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy) and the Benton Foundation are pleased to announce the Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award to recognize a scholarship in the area of digital inclusion and broadband adoption. This special honor will be awarded at the TPRC Conference for the next three years beginning in 2017. Junior scholars (those currently enrolled in a degree program or no more than three years from receipt of most recent degree) are invited to submit per the guidelines below. The Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award recipient will be presented with a $1,500 cash prize at the TPRC conference. The winner will be recognized at lunch during the conference and 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.

The recipient will be chosen by a TPRC Board Committee 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, 2017.

Submissions should be made through the TPRC Website. (2017 submissions are closed.)

**** **** ****

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, over many decades, pursued a vision of empowering people to use the latest communications tools to improve the lives of all. A regular attendee at TPRC’s annual conference, he is fondly remembered for his commitment to digital inclusion and broadband adoption. Charles was passionate about encouraging research and helping scholars bring it to practice and public policy. The Benton Foundation is guided by Charles’ vision to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance democracy. It pursues this mission by: seeking policy solutions that support the values of access, diversity and equity; demonstrating the value of media and telecommunications for improving the quality of life for all; and providing information resources to policymakers and advocates to inform communications policy debates.

================

FAQ s

1. What is the deadline for application?

MAY 30, WITH NOTIFICATION BY JULY 1.

2. Can I apply for the Charles Benton Junior 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 project/paper is co-authored with another scholar. Can the paper still be considered for this award?

(i) IF A PROJECT/PAPER IS CO-AUTHORED BY TWO OR MORE ELIGIBLE JUNIOR SCHOLARS, THEN THE WORK IS ELIGIBLE, AND THE AWARD CAN BE SPLIT BY THE AUTHORS.

(ii) IF THE PRIMARY AUTHOR OF A PROJECT/PAPER IS A PH.D. STUDENT, AND THE JUNIOR SCHOLAR’S FACULTY THESIS 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 JUNIOR 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 THESIS ADVISOR. FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE LETTER WITH THE PROJECT/PAPER WILL DISQUALIFY THE AUTHOR FROM RECEIVING THE AWARD.

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

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

YES