Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship

The Ford Foundation and Mozilla are joining together to create the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program. This program is designed to find emerging technical leaders who have a passion for Internet policy and advocacy. Each year, they will select a group of developers, technologists, hackers, and data crunchers to spend 10 months working as a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow embedded in one of five host organizations, including Public Knowledge.

Fellowships are paid positions, and emphasize open-source development that strengthens specific organizations and the larger policy and advocacy community. Applications for the 2015 Fellows are open now, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

The 2015 Fellowships

Five nonprofit organizations around the world will be hosting five Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows in 2015. During the Fellowship, the Ford Foundation and Mozilla will immerse the next generation of leaders in projects that create better technical understanding among civil society and policy makers. It will also create a stronger affirmative agenda that creates better public awareness of Internet policy issues, and improved cross-sector coordination.

Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows will:

  • Contribute to existing and new projects that create a healthier, more trustworthy Web. This can be accomplished in multiple ways, including technology development, community organizing, education programs, and more.
  • Serve as technology advisors, mentors and ambassadors to the partner nonprofit organizations, helping to better inform the Internet policy discussion.
  • Work in the open and as a cohort, embedded within host organizations and collaborating with other Fellows

Who Should Apply

Fellowship programs bring together a diverse collection of people with shared skills and experiences to spend time and collaborate together. The Ford Foundation and Mozilla are looking for emerging leaders who have a passion for informing the public policies that impact the Internet.

The Ford Foundation and Mozilla are looking for people with a track record of making and contributing to projects – through a variety of skill sets, including technology, organizing, and education — and an interest in working with Mozilla and their host organizations on specific initiatives to advance and protect the free and open Web. This is an inclusive program, and they are seeking Fellows that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. Women and other under-represented participants in technology are strongly encouraged to apply for a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship. Learn more on their website.

Click here to apply by December 31st.