2015 Ford-Mozilla Open Web International Fellows Program – USA (Fully-funded)

2015 Ford-Mozilla Open Web International Fellows Program – USA (Fully-funded)

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Applications are now open for the 2015 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program created jointly by The Ford Foundation and Mozilla. 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 our host organizations. Fellowships are paid positions, and emphasize open-source development that strengthens specific organizations and the larger policy and advocacy community.

About the Fellowship

Five nonprofit organizations around the world will be hosting our five Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows in 2015. During the Fellowship, the next generation of leaders will be immersed 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.

Fellows will primarily be based in their host organizations. They will also spend time working as a cohort in the Mozilla San Francisco office. In 2015, the Fellows will be based with the ACLU, Amnesty International, Free Press, Open Technology Institute, and Public Knowledge.

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


The Ford-Mozilla Open Web fellowships present a unique opportunity for people who want to influence Internet policy. Fellows receive a slate of stipends and benefits to ensure the experience will be a transformative one.

  • The standard Fellowship offers a stipend of $60,000, paid in 10 monthly installments. Fellows are responsible for remitting all applicable taxes and other government payments as required.
  • To help offset cost of living in the Host Organization location cities, the Fellowship also provides supplements and stipends for housing, childcare, health insurance, moving expenses, and helps pay for research/equipment and books. See details here.
  • The Fellowship also covers the costs of required travel for Fellowship activities.


Fellowship programs bring together a diverse collection of people with shared skills and experiences to spend time and collaborate together. For the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program, they are looking for

  • emerging leaders who have a passion for informing the public policies that impact the Internet.
  • people with a track record of making and contributing to projects – through a variety of skill sets, including technology, organizing, and education
  • individuals with an interest in working with Mozilla and our host organizations on specific initiatives to advance and protect the free and open Web.
  • fellows that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

Women and other under-represented participants in technology are strongly encouraged to apply for a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship.

For more information and to apply, visit Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows Program.