February 19, 2015

Shuttleworth Foundation’s Fellowship Program for Social Change for Countries Worldwide

Fellowship Program for social change

Course(s) Offered: Ideas (for social change)
Course Level: Fellowships
Provider: Shuttleworth Foundation Trust
Country to Study in: Any country (plus South Africa)

Scholarship Description
The Shuttleworth Foundation adopt projects and award Fellowships that carry the common focus of defending the rights of individuals in terms of information access and knowledge exchange, while providing input to policy formulation.

The Foundation funds people from all over the world regardless of gender, age, nationality or experience. We are looking for a complete picture of you and your idea.

The Foundation is at its core an experiment in open philanthropy and uses alternative funding methodologies, new technologies and collaborative ways of working to ensure that every initiative receives the best exposure and resources to succeed.

Eligibility
Who can apply
  • Anyone who has an innovative idea for social change through fresh thinking that adds value in the areas of knowledge, learning and technology.
  • Anyone who has a clear vision of how the world can be a better place and the contribution they can make to bringing about the change.
  • The fellowship is not limited to any specific geographic location. However, applicants must be fluent in English.
  • Fellowship applicants must have attained the age of majority by the date of application.
What are the conditions:
  • Fellows are expected to commit 100% of their time and attention to the focus area selected for their fellowship. The fellowship aims to free up the time of the Fellow to pursue their ideas in this area. The Fellow must submit any outside work, volunteer or otherwise, that they may want to conduct whilst on a Foundation Fellowship, to the Foundation for approval.
  • Fellows are required to attend the bi-annual Fellows gatherings.
  • Fellows are asked to live out loud, communicating openly and actively on their ideas, projects and strategies.
  • The fellowship must be taken up on 1 March or 1 September.
How are the Fellows selected:
Fellowship applications are reviewed by the Shuttleworth Foundation management team and advisors. Shortlisted candidates are invited for interviews.

The Foundation reserves the right not to award a fellowship if the submission does not meet the requirements.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries of the world.

Anybody from any geographic location on earth with a clear vision, fresh thinking and innovative idea for social change

Participating Institutiuons
Fellows work from where they are, with an open door to visit the Foundation’s head office in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fields of study
The Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement their innovative idea for social change.

We are most interested in exceptional ideas at the intersection between openness, technology, knowledge and learning. Ideas that would really move the dial on access to global knowledge, social and economic development.

The fellowship is not an academic fellowship aimed at research or academic study. Applicants should be social change agents who push boundaries and challenge accepted norms. They need not have all the answers, but should ask the right questions in a practical context.

Sponsorship duration
One year, with the possibility of renewal, based on reapplication.

Scholarship benefits
The equivalent of a year’s salary, a contribution towards expenses plus access to a travel allowance.

In addition, the Fellow will have access to potential project funding from the Foundation, who will match the Fellow’s personal investment in projects by at least ten fold.

The total grant amount will be based on the Fellow’s qualifications, experience and comparable cost of time for their skill level.

Method of Application
We invite individuals with a fresh approach to solving a social challenge, using openness, to apply to our Fellowship Program.

There are no right or wrong answers. The Foundation funds people from all over the world regardless of gender, age, nationality or experience. We are looking for a complete picture of you and your idea.

No partial applications will be considered. A full application comprises of:
  • this online application form
  • your application video
  • your resume
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.

DEADLINES:
Applications for the 1 September fellowship intake closes 1 May. Applications for the 1 March fellowship intake closes 1 November.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

PLEASE NOTE:
No applications will be accepted via online filesharing services. No applications will be accepted via post. No hard copy applications will be accepted.

Please make sure you contact us before the deadlines and submit your full application before the 1st May and the 1st November.

The Shuttleworth Foundation is powered by a dedicated team of individuals from around the globe that are brought together with a common commitment.

The team works tirelessly, adopting projects and awarding Fellowships that carry the common focus of defending the rights of individuals.

Their combined experience in working with project administration, finances, education, open platforms and law contribute toward the Foundation being a positive driver of change.

The Foundation is at its core an experiment in open philanthropy and uses alternative funding methodologies, new technologies and collaborative ways of working to ensure that every initiative receives the best exposure and resources to succeed.

Contact
If you have specific questions about this process, or you would like to apply, please email: fellowships@shuttleworthfoundation.org

Or, you may want to fill out the online contact.

Application Deadline: Ongoing (1 May / 1 November 2015)
Open to International Students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Scholarships & Fellowships in South Africa

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