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Melanie Colón

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Are you a champion of open science and open data? Mozilla is seeking researchers eager to advance openness in science and data within their institutions. 

Applications are now open for our inaugural class of 2015 Mozilla Fellow for Science. Fellows will spend 10 months as community catalysts at their institutions, mentoring the next generation of open data practitioners and researchers and building lasting change in the global open science community. Fellows will receive training and support from Mozilla to hone  their skills around open source and data sharing. They will also craft code, curriculum and other learning resources that help their local  communities learn open data practices, and teach forward to their  peers.


The Mozilla Science Lab is a Mozilla Foundation initiative exploring how the open web can improve scientific research and education. We facilitate learning about open source and data sharing, and also work to empower researchers as leaders within their communities.


This call is open to early-career researchers and students in the US, UK and Canada who are eager to receive training and support to further open research at their institution, with an initial focus on life and natural sciences. Mozilla Fellows receive a stipend as well as certain other supplements/allowances. Please read carefully through the details below before applying. If you have any questions, contact us at sciencelab@mozillafoundation.org. Unsure if you tick all of these boxes? Drop us a line – we’d be happy to chat.



The call closes AUGUST 14, 2015. Click here to apply today.


Fellows will:
  • champion change within their university around open source and data sharing,
  • create code, curriculum and other learning resources that help others learn open data practices, 
  • participate in Mozilla workweeks, trainings and community events (MozFest, code  sprints, study groups, community events, project calls etc.),
  • participate and help lead regular community calls,
  • serve as mentors and leaders within their communities,
  • communicate and share their work openly on an ongoing basis (e.g., through GitHub repository, scholarly preprints, blogposts).
  • Note:   Fellows are encouraged to continue their personal research for up to 20% of their time during the course of their fellowship (i.e., one day a week). Fellowship applicants must have buy-in from their supervisors in advance, and include supervisors’ contact information on the application. Advisers will be interviewed separately should applicants move on to the second round, and their support will be a critical consideration for acceptance of fellows.
  • A stipend of $60,000 USD, paid in 10 monthly installments.
  • One-time health insurance supplement for Fellows and their families, ranging from $3,500 for single Fellows to $7,000 for a couple with two or more children.
  • One-time childcare allotment for families with children of up to $6,000.
  • Allowance of up to $3,000 toward the purchase of laptop computers, digital cameras, recorders, and computer software; fees for continuing studies or other courses, research fees or payments, to the extent related to the fellowship. 
  • All approved fellowship trips – domestic and international – are covered in full.
Eligibility Criteria:

Fellows must be:

  • Currently working at a research institution in the US, UK or Canada.
  • Currently an early-career researcher (i.e, graduate students, post-docs, research scientists, lecturers)
  • Specializing in the life sciences or natural sciences.
  • Able to travel.
  • Supported by their supervisors. As fellows will be based at their home institutions, please note that a letter of support from a supervisor, mentor or senior collaborator is mandatory for consideration, as we want to ensure Fellows are in productive, supportive work environments.
  • Have experience participating in open communities. 
Here’s what you’ll need to apply: 

You’ll be prompted to attach the following items, so best to have those ready:

  • Cover letter (250 word maximum)
  • Current CV or resume (2 page maximum)
  • Letter of support from your supervisor (500 word maximum)
  • Note: to qualify, your supervisor must be available for an interview. 


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