2018 Mozilla Fellowships for Open Science Projects | $60,000 Stipend

Mozilla is now accepting applications from all scientific disciplines around the world for its 2018/2018 Fellowships. Are you a champion of open science and open data? Mozilla is seeking researchers eager to advance openness in science and data within their institutions.

Mozilla Fellowships for Science


The Mozilla Fellowships for Science present a unique opportunity for researchers who want to influence the future of open science and data sharing within their communities.

We’re looking for researchers with a passion for open source and data sharing, already working to shift research practice to be more collaborative, iterative and open. Fellows will spend 10 months starting September 2018 as community catalysts at their institutions, mentoring the next generation of open data practitioners and researchers and building lasting change in the global open science community.

Throughout their fellowship term, chosen fellows will receive training and support from Mozilla to hone their skills around open source, data sharing, open science policy and licensing. They will also craft code, curriculum and other learning resources that help their local communities learn open data practices, and teach their institutional peers.

Mozilla Fellowships for Science Eligibility.

Fellows must be:

  • be currently based at or affiliated with a research institution
  • have the ability to accept outside funds for this fellowship directly (i.e., not distributed through the institution)
  • be an early-career researcher (i.e., graduate students, post-docs, research scientists, lecturers)
  • specialize in scientific research: physical, life, social, library, or natural sciences
  • be able to travel
  • obtain support from their advisors. As fellows will be based at their home institutions, please note that a letter of support from their advisor is mandatory for consideration
  • have experience participating in open communities

Mozilla Fellowships for Science Benefits.

The Fellowships are designed to allow for flexibility for both Fellows and their families. The standard fellowship offers a stipend of $60,000 USD*, 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, the fellowship also provides supplements for childcare and health insurance, and helps pay for research/equipment and books. The fellowships also covers the costs of required travel for fellowship activities.

Mozilla Fellowships for Science Expectations.

  • champion change within their university or other institution around open source and data sharing
  • create code, curriculum and other learning resources that help others learn open science practices
  • participate in Mozilla workweeks, trainings and community events (MozFest, Global Sprint, Working Open Workshops, etc.)
  • participate in and help lead regular community calls
  • serve as mentors and leaders within their communities
  • communicate and share openly their work on an ongoing basis (e.g., through GitHub repositories, scholarly preprints and blog posts)

Note: Fellows are encouraged to continue their personal research for up to 20% of their time during the course of their fellowship (i.e., one day a week). Fellowship applicants must have buy-in from their advisors in advance, and include Advisors’ contact information on the application. Advisors will be interviewed separately should applicants move on to the second round, and their support will be a critical consideration for acceptance of fellows.

How to Apply for Mozilla Fellowships for Science.

Mozilla Fellows fit three particular profiles:

  1.  Open web activists: Fellows who work in the realm of public interest technology, addressing issues like privacy, security, and inclusion online. These open web activists embed at leading human rights and civil society organizations around the world, lending their technical expertise.
  2. Scientists and researchers: Fellows who infuse open-source practices and principles into scientific research. “Science” is defined broadly; Fellows may work in the natural sciences, formal and applied sciences, or humanities, social sciences and library and information sciences. Fellows are based in the research institution with which they are currently affiliated.
  3. Tech policy professionals: Fellows who examine the interplay of technology and public policy, and craft legal, academic, and governmental solutions. These tech policy professionals are independent researchers and are not necessarily matched with a host organization or an institution.

Apply Here Official Link

Apply Before: Applications are due by 5 pm Eastern Time on April 20th, 2018. Make sure to register by April 18th.


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