CALL FOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
The Centre for Communication Governance at the National Law University, Delhi (CCG) invites applications to fill three places in its Fellowship Programme for 2014-2015.
About the Centre
CCG is a research centre within National Law University, Delhi, and is the first of its kind in India. Over the course of a year, CCG has established itself as a leading, credible organization for research in the field of information law and policy. The Centre routinely works with a range of academic institutions and policy organizations. These include the Berkman Center at Harvard University, the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford, the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University, Freedom House, the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, the Media Legal Defence Initiative and the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers. We engage regularly with government ministries such as the Ministry of Law & Justice, and the Ministry of Communications & IT, and work actively to provide the executive and judiciary with useful in the course of their decision making on issues relating to civil liberties and technology.
About the Fellowships
The CCG Fellowship is a highly competitive research programme designed to build competence and raise the quality of discourse in research and policy around issues concerning civil liberties and the Internet in India. Fellowship output is intended to catalyze effective, research-led policy making and informed public debate around issues in civil liberties and technology and Internet governance. The Fellowship covers three broad areas:
1. Civil Liberties: Research in this area will be expected to engage with questions concerning development of the human rights and civil liberties discourse in the context of the Internet and emerging communication technology in India. While we would welcome research questions relating to the impact of any of the fundamental rights in Part III of the Indian Constitution, we are particularly interested in work relating to law criminalizing speech from a doctrinal and
2. Privacy, Surveillance & Big Data: Research in this area will be expected to consider questions concerning the treatment of personal data by large public and private data collectors and processors. Fellows could undertake research concerning surveillance as well as data protection practices, laws and policies. Their work may be directed either at the normative questions that arise in the context of surveillance or data protection, or at empirical work, including data gathering and analysis, with a view to enabling policy and law makers to better understand the pragmatic concerns in developing realistic and effective privacy frameworks.
3. Internet Governance: Fellowships in this area will be expected to contribute to creating competence in Internet governance in India across the various global fora in which these issues are being deliberated. Fellows will be expected to collect and analyze historical and current information concerning the interests and positions of nations from the Global South generally, and India in particular, and provide context and analysis in real time to Indian stakeholders,
including the government.The Fellowship will be based out of the Centre’s offices at the National Law University, Delhi. It will ordinarily run full time for a duration of one to two years.
CCG is a new, continuously evolving organization and Fellows are expected to be active participants in building a collaborative, merit-led institution and a lasting community of highly motivated researchers. All Fellows will be expected to maintain the highest ethical standards in their work, and contribute to the institution’s growth and development.
Fellows will ordinarily be expected to design and produce two completed units of publishable research over the course of a 12 month period, under the supervision of the Research Director. Equally, Fellows will also be expected to participate in other work, including writing opinion pieces, policy responses, and blog posts. In addition, Fellows will have organizational responsibilities such as providing inputs for grant applications, networking and designing and
executing Centre events.
The Centre welcomes applications from candidates with degrees in law, public policy, management or the social sciences, generally. Candidates from other disciplines, who satisfy the remainder of the eligibility requirements may address a brief letter of inquiry to email@example.com in order to determine their suitability.All candidates must be able to provide evidence of an interest in civil liberties, and preferably in technology policy as well. In addition, they must have a demonstrable capacity for high-quality, independent work.
As a young, fast-expanding organization, CCG anticipates that all members of the Centre will have to manage large burdens of substantive as well as administrative work in addition to research. The Centre seeks highly motivated candidates with a deep commitment to research as well as to institution building.
Salaries will be competitive, and will usually range from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month, depending on multiple factors including the larger research project under which candidates’ proposals can be accommodated.Where candidates demonstrate exceptional competence in the view of the Centre’s Research Director, there is a possibility for greater remuneration.
Procedure for Application
1. Current Curriculum Vitae
Interested applicants are required to send the following information and materials by 27th September, 2014 to the Registrar, National Law University, Delhi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must also be marked to email@example.com
2. Contact details for two referees. Referees must be informed that they might be contacted for an oral reference or a brief written reference.
3. One academic writing sample of between 1000 and 1500 words (essay or extract, published or unpublished).
4. A 750 word outline for a research paper that the candidate proposes to produce over the course of the Fellowship, reflecting literature review.