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FutureGen Scholars Application

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Deadline: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students to become SciTech and Human Rights FutureGen Scholars. This new initiative aims to support students who present a well-defined goal and innovative plan of action for addressing the intersection of SciTech and Human Rights on their campus or in their community during the 2021-2022 academic year.

FutureGen Scholars will work with a volunteer mentor (a Coalition organizational representative or individual affiliated member) who can provide guidance to help the project meet its goals and assist with the Scholar’s professional development. Up to three students will receive a $5,000 stipend to support their pursuit of the activities in their project, through the generosity of the AAAS - Andrew M. Sessler Fund for Science, Education and Human Rights and a number of individual donors, including Art Kendall and Jeffrey H. Toney.

Have questions? Join us for a live Q&A on Wednesday, May 26 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. A Frequently Asked Questions document will be shared on the Coalition website after the Q&A.

Read below for more information about the FutureGen Scholars initiative and how to apply.

What kinds of student projects is the Coalition looking for?
The Coalition seeks creative ideas from students that leverage the connections between science, technology and human rights on their campus, in their local community, or in a community in which they already have connections. Potential projects could include, for example:
  • Organizing campus events, such as panel discussions or film screenings, on addressing systemic discrimination in STEM
  • Developing an oral history project or exhibit on the stories of displaced or refugee scholars in their community
  • Forming a student group to advocate for specific policy changes to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the sciences
  • Organizing a project that helps a community apply scientific methods and/or evidence for documentation of their human rights concerns    
These are just a few general examples of the types of projects that would qualify. Please join us for a live Q&A on Wednesday, May 26, at 1:00 p.m. ET if you have questions. Click here to register. If you have an idea for a project and are not sure if it would be eligible, please direct questions to Theresa Harris at tharris@aaas.org.

How will FutureGen Scholars be selected?
Proposals will be reviewed by experts in science, technology and human rights involved in the Coalition’s activities. Based on their recommendations, the FutureGen Scholars will be selected by the Coalition’s Steering Committee.

Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:
  1. Evidence of original thought and creativity in addressing scientific and human rights challenges.
  2. Impact and feasibility. Does the project seem realistic and achievable? Has the applicant fully considered all of the factors needed for the project to succeed? Is the project likely to make a real difference?
  3. Clear human rights objectives. What are the project’s human rights goals? Is it clear how the project addresses campus and/or community needs?
  4. The effective use of science and technology to achieve the project’s goals. For example, is there a clear scientific component to the project and/or methodology that is fully explained?
  5. If the project is intended to support local communities, has the applicant identified an active leadership role for those communities in the project?
  6. The applicant’s leadership skills.  
  7. Letters of recommendation.
Financial support provided to the Scholar(s) will facilitate the activities associated with the pursuit of their defined goal.

Who is eligible?
FutureGen Scholars will be chosen based on a competitive application process among undergraduate and graduate students. The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled full- or part-time during the 2021-2022 academic year at an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education in the United States, seeking an undergraduate (two- or four-year) or graduate degree. Students may be enrolled in any discipline; students enrolled in life science, physical science, social science, health, engineering, mathematics and science and technology studies programs are especially encouraged to participate.

How do I apply?
Applications are due Wednesday, June 16, 2021 by 11:59pm US Eastern Time. Applications must be submitted through this online form.

Applications must include:
  • Applicant information: Contact details and resume or CV.
  • Applicant leadership: Examples of the applicant’s leadership skills that illustrate the applicant’s ability to lead the proposed project to completion (1500 characters).
  • Project proposal: Description of the project that addresses the first five review criteria described above. The description should include the human rights concerns the project will address; how science and/or technology will be used to achieve the project goals; the expected activities and outcomes; how they will measure success; the role of affected persons or communities in the project; and the role of the academic institution in the project (5000 characters).
  • Project budget: Detailed description of all project expenses.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which expresses willingness to serve as a faculty advisor for the project.
All information and documents must be submitted through the online form by Wednesday, June 16, 2021. If you have any technical issues with the form, please contact Theresa Harris at tharris@aaas.org.

 
Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Proposers will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decisions by August 2021.

Questions? Please contact the Coalition Secretariat at srhrl@aaas.org.

To learn more about the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, please visit https://aaas.org/coalition.

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