2018-19 MozFellows in Science Call for Applications

This week, the Mozilla Science Lab is launching our fourth annual Mozilla Fellowship in Open Science program. Starting in September 2018, we’re sponsoring researchers to build projects in support of open science, and we’d love for you to be a part of that process. The call will be open until April 20th, with further details in the application, but we wanted to call out some of the amazing features of the fellowship and especially encourage our community to apply!


The internet is vast: It’s layered into billions of lives, influencing everything from economies and governments to education and romance. This pervasive internet can promote opportunity, empowerment, and free expression — but also misinformation, information insecurity, mass surveillance, harassment, and abuse.

Mozilla Fellowships support transformative work in the realms of open web activism, scientific and research progress, and tech policy advocacy. On a platform founded as a way to share academic research and papers, the open efforts of scientists and researchers is foundational to all issues facing the web, and we’ll again support a strong cohort of open science/research/access/data activists for 2018-2019.
The Mozilla Fellowship in Science is an opportunity to spend 10 months working with an institution (university or other academic affiliation) building open science projects that leverage the open web. If you are interested in open science, open access, open data or open source, and you’d like to make the world a better place through research and collaboration, you should apply for the chance to join other talented and brilliant fellows in the upcoming fellows’ cohort.

This is not your typical research grant or academic opportunity, it’s a chance to do something creative, splitting time between your own work, collaborative passion projects, as well as teaching and conference travel. Each of those activities is given equal weight during the fellowship, and you’ll receive support, financial and mentorial, throughout your tenure as a fellow. You’ll be joining a supportive community of fellows and alumni from our Mozilla Fellowship Program, contacts that will grow with you and continue to support you beyond the fellowship. Further, you’ll be joining the greater Mozilla network, and you’ll have the epic opportunity to work on the open tech affecting a broad community of web contributors and consumers; you’ll be a strong advocate for open science in that ecosystem and we’ll support you as you develop professionally and personally.


Fellows work with their research institutions and convene a few times a year to discuss their work and collaborate with their cohort. We have fellows working on open data and data reuse curriculum, biomedical research programs, open source tools to teach the world about the command line, bioinformatics or climate science, as well as institutional policy and advocacy.

Learn more about Mozilla Fellowships, and then apply. Applications close on April 20, 2018. Below, meet our two current #mozfellows in Open Science:

Amel Ghouila | Tunis, Tunisia

A computer scientist by background, Amel earned her PhD in Bioinformatics and is currently a bioinformatician at Institut Pasteur de Tunis, where she works on the frame of the pan-African bioinformatics network H3ABionet supporting researchers and their projects while developing bioinformatics capacity throughout Africa. Amel is passionate about knowledge transfer and working open to foster collaborations and innovation in the biomedical research field. She is also passionate about empowering and educating young girls, she launched the Technovation Challenge Tunisian chapter to help Tunisian girls learn how to address community challenges by designing mobile applications.
Follow her on Twitter @amelghouila and Github @amelgh.

Chris Hartgerink | Tilburg, The Netherlands

Chris is an applied statistics PhD-candidate at Tilburg University, as part of the Metaresearch group. He has contributed to open science projects such as the Reproducibility Project: Psychology, tries to develop open-source software for scientists, and does research on detecting data fabrication in science. He is particularly interested in how the scholarly system can be adapted to become sustainable, healthy scholarly environment with permissive use of content, which also aligns the needs of science and scientists instead of creating a perverse system that promotes unreliable science. He initiated Liberate Science to work towards such a system.
Follow him on Twitter @chartgerink or Github @chartgerink.


This year, we are soliciting fellows in all scientific disciplines (natural sciences, formal and applied sciences, humanities, social sciences and library / information sciences) from our global community; and we are particularly eager to support biomedical researchers per a component of our grant that particularly values biomed support. Should you have any questions about your eligibility, you can reach out to us at fellowships@mozillafoundation.org.


Ready to apply? Here are the links and details in brief:

Application deadline – April 20th, 2018
Questions? – check out the FAQ tab here
Should you have further questions, we’ll be hosting an ask-us-anything session on Thursday, March 29th, 2018, soliciting asynchronous question contributions to this etherpad until then; we’ll address all questions in the etherpad.

Thanks so much for reading, and happy applying!