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How long do ICFP fellowships last?ICFP fellowships may be 3, 6, 9, or 12 months in duration.
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Can I apply if I don't have a host organization to propose?Yes, you are welcome to apply. Should your application be reviewed favorably, we will work with you to identify a suitable host organization.
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Does the proposal needs to be technical in nature?A project should include technical components but is not required to be solely technology focused.
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Is this fellowship and its stipend compatible with other commitments over the same period of time (e.g. other job)?The ICFP request page states "For the duration of fellowships, the fellow will be expected to work full time with their host organization." This does not forclose individuals from having other sources of income but does require that the equivalent of a full time effort be carried out over the course of the fellowship.
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When do fellowships usually start? In 2017, fellows began their projects between June and October.
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What would be the latest date to begin a fellowship? The program does not have a requirement for a start date. In general, an applicant's fellowship term should begin prior to being eligible for support from the 2019 application round.
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I am confused by answer above - please what does 'include technical components' mean? Does this mean there has to be some kind of technical or digital methodology or output if the subject focus is technology?Yes, an ICFP fellowship project should include a technical output. I would recommend reviewing the projects of previous fellows in order to get a better understand the types of outputs this includes. See https://www.opentech.fund/about/people/fellows
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Regarding the instruction to avoid 'focus on countries with minimal information controls' - is this instruction intended to exclude projects examining western countries? ie US has many and extensive information controls rapidly developing in response to 'fake news' and informational threats but obviously doesn't have traditionally as controlled an environment as some non-Democratic countries.Yes, the program's funding requires that the focus be on non-western environments
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Are you still accepting applications for seasonal fellows for the 2018 application period? Your application instructions do not mention them like in previous years. Yes. We offer fellowships of 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. We have adjusted the program to remove the distinction between seasonal and senior fellows. Thus, all fellows now receive $4,200 per month.
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Let say I am the most active developer of a well-known software designed to allow individuals to communicate securely and anonymously and I am not affiliated with any organization. My plans for the year to come are a) to improve localization and adapt the software usage to regional contexts, with a focus on middle-east and south america, b) to actively recruit volunteers to create a lively Free Software community to better support the software in the long run, in case organizations currently supporting it step down. Would that kind of work be a match for ICFP?Given the lack of research components, it sounds as though you are better suited to apply as a project in the Internet Freedom Fund than ICFP. Individuals are welcome to apply directly without any organizational association. We also have a streamlined proposal for applications under $100,000 which should help ensure the review process is not burdensome. You are welcome to contact me directly at adam@opentech.fund with additional questions.
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How many applications does ICFP recieve? How many fellowships are then awarded?We have received anywhere from roughly 60 to 120 applications and have awarded between 6 and 12 fellowships. That said, nothing prevents supporting a larger number should it be justified.
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Is it possible to work jointly with two host organizations? For example, could one work with both a host organization that has the technical capability to supervise the project and then another that is based in the country where the research is taking place?While we only allow fellows to have one host organization, we welcome additional collaboration from fellowship projects
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When are applicants informed as to the final status of their application?We do our best to provide applicants with a final determination by June 1. That said, many factors can delay that result such as if a host organization declines to participate and another needs to be identified, a fellow needs additional time to respond to the review feedback or the ICFP advisory council requires additional time to review the proposal.
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There was a typo in my email address that I submitted with the application. Who can I contact about fixing that? (thanks!!)Please contact Adam Lynn at adam@opentech.fund
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