Call for Applications - Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award

TPRC (the Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy) and the Benton Foundation announce the second year of the Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award recognizing scholarship in the area of digital inclusion and broadband adoption. This special honor was awarded at TPRC for the first time in 2017 and will be awarded again in 2018 and 2019.

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 by December 31, 2019.

Submission deadline is April 30, 2018.