This year we are introducing a new focus area of the Mozilla Fellowship Program for tech + society strategists in the Global South.
Application Deadline: 28th May 2020 12pm PT
About the Award: 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 work 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.
We envision that, in 10 years, this collaborative ‘third space’ will flourish in the Global South in which civil society organizations demonstrate 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.
Eligibility: Mozilla Fellows are web activists, open-source researchers and scientists, engineers, and technology policy experts who work on the front lines of that movement. Fellows develop new thinking on how to address emerging threats and challenges facing a healthy internet. They hail from a range of disciplines and geographies
Eligible Countries: Developing countries
To be Taken at: Selected countries (see in Webpage Link)
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award: Mozilla Fellows have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to a variety of issues and approaches to ensure the internet remains a force for good. As a Fellow, you will:
- Expand your network and sphere of influence. Meet the Mozilla Fellows.
- Design impactful projects with the potential to reach millions. See what Fellows and their collaborators are working on.
- Learn from and collaborate with a global community of Mozillians. Meet more than 10,000 Mozilla contributors around the world.
- Receive competitive compensation and benefits.
Duration of Award: 10 months
How to Apply: 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.
- It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.