NLU Delhi’s Center for Communication Governance: Call for Research Fellows, Apply by August 2

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CCG is a research centre within National Law University, Delhi, and is the first of its kind in India. 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.

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 empirical perspective.

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.

ROLE:

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 expectedto 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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 protected] 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.

REMUNERATION:

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.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Interested applicants are required to send the following information and materials by 2nd August, 2014 to the Registrar, National Law University, Delhi at [email protected] Applications must also be marked to [email protected]

1. Current Curriculum Vitae
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 2000 and 2500 words (essay or extract, published or unpublished).
4. One piece of writing explaining a technical or academic idea or research outcome to general audiences.
5. A 750 word outline for a research paper that the candidate proposes to produce over the course of the Fellowship, reflecting literature review

READ THE CALL HERE.