Call for Applications for Mozilla Fellowship Programme 2019-2020

Deadline:  8 April 2019, 5 pm EDT
Open to: web activists, open-source researchers and scientists, engineers, and technology policy experts
Fellowship: the stipend for researchers and technology activists is $60,000 USD; a monthly stipend, fellows may be eligible for additional benefits, such as funding to support health care costs, childcare, fellowship-related travel, equipment, continued learning, and project costs


The application for a 2019-2020 Mozilla Fellowship is a two part process. Application part 1 closes on April 8. Final application must be completed by May 6.

Mozilla Fellows are working to stop the spread of misinformation, put individuals in control of their data, keep artificial intelligence accountable, and provide innovative solutions for internet connectivity in low penetration environments. They are leaders who ensure smart cities and next-generation voice technology are diverse and equitable, and who conduct open research.

Mozilla Fellowships provide resources, tools, community and amplification to those building a more ​humane​ ​digital​ ​world. During their tenure, Fellows use their skill sets — in technology, in advocacy, in law — to design products, run campaigns, influence policy and ultimately lay the groundwork for a more open and inclusive internet.


There is no educational or experience prerequisite required for a Mozilla Fellowship. The fellowship is generally considered to be a full-time commitment for the fellows' 10-month tenure, so some of the application questions will ask applicants to explain their time commitments and potential to invest in fellowship work during the 10 months of the fellowship.

Please note: For scientist/researcher applicants, Masters graduates, PhDs, post-docs, and early-career researchers or professors with academic institutional affiliation are preferred for selection.


Mozilla Fellows receive competitive compensation and benefits. Fellows also become part of a vibrant community of practice working to ensure the internet remains a force for good. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet regularly with each other and with Mozilla staff both online and in person to share their work and learn together. Mozilla staff will also work with Fellows to create, execute, and report back on project impact plans, share ideas for potential collaborators, and help to share their work more widely.

This network of support won’t conclude at the end of the Mozilla Fellowship. In fact, it is hoped that all Mozilla Fellows will continue to be part of the community of practice and larger movement fighting for a healthier internet over the long term.

The funding for each fellow is based on the fellowship focus area (i.e. science, policy, open web). The stipend for researchers and technology activists is $60,000 USD.

In addition to a monthly stipend, fellows may be eligible for additional benefits, such as funding to support health care costs, childcare, fellowship-related travel, equipment, continued learning, and project costs. Health insurance is not provided by Mozilla for fellows. Supplements for health care and child care will depend on family situations.​


Fellows are selected on the basis of a rigorous review process. We will be looking for the following criteria in reviewing all applications:

  • Mission Driven. We’re looking for individuals with a track record of success in the space of their proposed project, and a dedication to continuing to work in that space after their fellowship year. In addition to having a long term commitment to working on the issue(s) proposed in their application, fellows should align with Mozilla’s interests and focus, and be able to easily leverage Mozilla’s strengths as an organization, i.e. open source ethos, large network of contributors.
  • Collaboration. An ideal candidate for a Mozilla Fellowship should enter the program with a project that would benefit from feedback and input from Mozilla’s interdisciplinary community. We’re looking for fellows with an eagerness to share and learn new skills, and to work in the open.
  • Impact. We’re looking for individuals working on a project where they will make - or be the catalyst for - significant change, with tangible, measurable results. Fellows should also be able to articulate how the impact of their project will advance the change they’d like to see in the world.
  • Leverage. Ideal candidates for a Mozilla fellowship will understand how to leverage their proposed projects to drive change at a wide level. We’re looking for individuals who are able to think about changing systems, and understand levers of change.
  • Initiative. An ideal candidate for a Mozilla Fellowship is someone who shows a lot of initiative, and will take charge of the experiences and opportunities given to them. Fellows are expected to manage their time and resources, and must be comfortable working with a high level of autonomy.
  • Communication. We’re looking for individuals with an interest in advocating for change and/or popularizing new ideas and approaches, and be comfortable using their voice - whether through written media or public speaking - to do so. Fellows should also have the ability to explain technology to a broad audience.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or please write to:

The official web-page.