Mozilla Fellowship Program covers a range of topics and disciplines within the broader mission of Internet Health, upholding the internet as a force for good.
Critical civil society organizations fight inequality, protect the public, and partner with the public sector to serve its citizens. In the era of ubiquitous technology, it’s paramount that civil society also works to address societal issues, as they converge with the digital world. Building capacity at the intersection of technology and society will help ensure the relevance and sustainability of these institutions.
The Ford Foundation and Mozilla are partnering to strengthen organizations in the Global South by layering technology strategies into their work. This will help create a ‘third space’ where key civil society organizations and tech-focused individuals address issues at the intersection of technology and society. This will also seek to address the political element of technology — that technology as a neutral tool is affected by its creators and their biases. Benefits, harms, and side effects come from how systems are designed, what data is selected to train them, and what business rules they are given.
They envision that, in 10 years, this collaborative ‘third space’ will flourish in the Global South in which civil society organizations demonstrate a strong capacity to address major issues at the nexus of social justice and technology. These organizations will leverage technology to promote these issues while preventing or mitigating their risks.
At the program level, Ford and Mozilla will place senior technology strategists as Fellows within select organizations and coalitions that are foundational to the strength and capacity of regional civil society.
Fellows will help increase the impact of the organization’s work by supporting them to recognize, design, and implement a strategy that accounts for the impact of technology on the organization’s mission.
- Fellows will receive a monthly stipend that is competitive in the host country.
- Fellows will also have access to supplemental funds to support:
- Health insurance coverage
- Fellowship-related equipment
- Fellowship-related travel (when possible)
- In addition, all Fellows will have access to USD $20,000 in project budget over the 24-month period to further their research and impact. These and other budgets will be designed by the Fellow, in partnership with their Mozilla Program Officer.
In addition to the criteria above, candidates for the Tech + Society Fellowship will:
- Be an experienced technologist.
- Reside or have work authorization in the host country.
- Have relevant cultural knowledge of the host country.
- Be strategically-minded and consultant-oriented with experience in identifying problems and solutions at the intersection of technology and social justice issues.
- Be able to carry out fellowship work to an extent generally consistent with full-time engagement. Engagement length is a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years, with an expectation that most will go for the full two-year cycle.
- Apply online through the Apply Now link.
- The application for a Mozilla Fellowship is a two-part process: 1) registration and 2) full application. The registration form and full application must be submitted in English using Mozilla’s Fluxx portal.
Application Deadline: May 28, 2020Application ClosedOfficial link