OTF Information Controls Fellowship: Internet freedom, Democracy and Human Rights

The Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) cultivates research, outputs, and creative collaboration on topics related to repressive internet censorship and surveillance. The 2019 application window will open from January 10, 2019 until February 24, 2019.

Setting the stage

The Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) 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; work focused on mitigation of such threats is also supported.

Fellowship Information

  • Three, six, nine or twelve month fellowships available
  • Usually offered to postdoctoral, doctoral students, and experienced researchers with demonstrated ability and expertise
  • Monthly stipend of $4,200 USD
  • Travel stipend of $1,250 to $5,000 USD depending on the fellowship length

Likely candidates

Typically, ICFP fellows have experience in fields such as computer science, engineering, information security research, software development, social sciences, law, and data visualization, among others. Information controls is a cross-disciplinary field, so applications are open to people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and can include students and junior to mid-career practitioners. To get a better sense of the ICFP community, you can read about fellows from round one, round two, round three, round four and round five.

Where do fellows work?

ICFP fellows embed with a host organization for the duration of their fellowship.

When applying, applicants can specify any host organization of their choosing. Regardless of whether it is a previous or new host organization, justification needs to be provided in the application. Please note that non-academic host organizations are welcome, as are those based outside the United States. While fellows are ideally able to work locally within their host organization, applicants who wish to work remotely will also be considered with the expectation that a strategy for remote communication will be established. You can find previous host organizations listed in the fellowship descriptions.

For entities interested in serving as a host organization, please email icfphost@opentech.fund for more information.

Application date
Duration
3, 6, 9 or 12 months
Country
Africa : Kenya
America : Canada, United States (Mid-Atlantic) (New England) (Pacific) (South West)
Europe : United Kingdom
Discipline
Social sciences : Communication Sciences, Law, Political science, Sociology
Other : Computer science
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
US$ 4.200/month + travel funds
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