Why this Fellowship in the first place?
Digital technologies are designed and used in ways that benefit certain groups while excluding or even harming others. By reflecting the lived realities of our societies (for example, the gender gap in access to resources and the under-representation of those pushed to the margins), they uphold existing systems of power and reinforce inequalities.
The Risktakers Fellowship aims to create a space to rethink dominant systems and practices by imagining alternative approaches and new possibilities for desirable digital futures. It acknowledges and supports the work of people who dare to resist common – and often comfortable – narratives by drawing attention to social and structural grievances as well as offering possible solutions and exits. The Risktakers Fellowship sees desirable futures centering around care, equity and sustainability are possible if we dare to imagine and build them together.
What can I expect from the fellowship?
A stipend of € 10,000, access to an additional budget of up to € 2,000 for fellowship-related costs, and a budget of € 500 for Community Flash Grants. Regular digital check-ins to connect, share and discuss fellows’ ideas and projects as they grow. Plus, a vibrant community of like-minded practitioners, artists and activists around Europe and beyond to support your endeavour.
Who can apply?
Individuals who are 18 years or older living in Europe, or the Mediterranean.
What is the timeline?
Call for applications is open from December 6th, 2022 until January 15th, 2023 11:59 PM CET. The fellowship starts in March 2023 and ends in October 2023 with a final gathering in Berlin.