Open Technology Fund Calls for Applications for 2023 Information Controls Fellowship Programme


The Open Technology Fund (OTF), an independent non-profit organization committed to advancing global Internet freedom, is calling for applications for its Information Controls Fellowship Programme (ICFP).

The programme cultivates research, outputs, and creative collaboration at different levels and across institutions on the matter of information controls, particularly censorship, surveillance and repressive Internet.

Applications are open to people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines such as computer science, engineering, information security research, software development, social sciences, law, and data visualization, among others and can include students and junior to mid-career practitioners. To get a better sense of the ICFP community, applicants can read about fellows from round oneround tworound threeround fourround fiveround sixround sevenround eight and round nine.

Applicants should be individuals who demonstrate skill and ability to assist in efforts to overcome information controls; demonstrate a desire to grow their knowledge and skills through a collaborative, cross-discipline approach, and; demonstrate a commitment to reach audiences outside the research community.

The ICFP fellowship supports examination into how governments in countries, regions, or areas of OTF’s core focus are restricting the free flow of information, cutting access to the open internet, and implementing censorship mechanisms, thereby threatening the ability of global citizens to exercise basic human rights and democracy and mitigation of these threats.

The Fellowship ranges from three, six, nine or twelve months, and is usually offered to postdoctoral, doctoral students, and experienced researchers with demonstrated ability and expertise.

A monthly stipend of $7,000, and a travel stipend of $1,250 to $5,000, will be given to fellows with an additional equipment stipend of $1,250 to $5,000, depending on the fellowship length will be given to fellow.

All ICFP fellowship applications are reviewed by the OTF team; selected applications are also then reviewed by an independent Advisory Council review panel composed of experts with deep knowledge and insight into topics related to information controls.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Privacy and Information Sharing Policy, before completing a submission.

Entities interested in serving as host organization should please email for more information.

For the full criteria and application process, applicants should please visit

For questions, applicants are advised  to add them to this public spreadsheet and they will be answered promptly. If any question is not appropriate for a public forum, applicants should email

Applications are to be submitted at no later than February 20, 2023, (11:59 PM) GMT.