Open Technology Fund Calls for Applications

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The Open Technology Fund (OTF) 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.

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 programme offers two tiers of fellowships namely, the ‘Senior Fellows’ and the ‘Seasonal Fellows’.

The Senior Fellows is a six month or one year fellowship usually offered to experienced researchers who, oftentimes, are postdoctoral or doctoral students and with demonstrated ability and expertise. Fellows are given a monthly stipend of US$4,200 as well as a travel stipend of US$2,500 or $5,000 depending on the length.

The Seasonal Fellows is a three month fellowship usually offered to students or junior practitioners. Seasonal fellows are awarded monthly stipends of US$2,500.

 Prospective fellows, irrespective of age, nationality or residency must certain meet criteria to apply.

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.

 Deadline for submission of application is March 19, 2017.

Interested applicants should visit https://www.opentech.fund/requests/icfp to apply.