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The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships: Program Details

The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships present a unique opportunity for people who love to code and who want to influence the future of journalism on the web. Apply today.


2016 fellowships begin in calendar year 2016 and last for 10 months. Each fellow’s start date will be individualized for the needs of that fellow and the news organization, but most fellowships will begin in February or March of 2016.


Fellows are based, unless special circumstances dictate, in the town of their host news organization.

Our fellowship locations for 2016 are:

  • Correct!v - Berlin, Germany
  • The Coral Project - New York, NY (based out of the New York Times)
  • Frontline - Boston, MA
  • Los Angeles Times Data Desk - Los Angeles, CA
  • NPR - Washington, DC
  • Vox Media - Austin, TX; New York, NY; or Washington, DC

We make every attempt to match skills of fellows with needs of news organizations when connecting fellow to their host organization.


The Knight-Mozilla Fellowship is designed to allow flexibility for both fellows and fellowship Partners. The standard fellowship offers a stipend of $60,000, paid in 10 monthly installments. fellows are responsible for remitting all applicable taxes and other government payments as required.

Mozilla may, in consultation with fellows and fellowship Partners, elect to vary the amount and duration to accommodate the needs and availability of individual fellows and newsrooms.

To help offset cost of living, the fellowship also provides supplements for childcare and health insurance, and helps pay for research/equipment and books. If you relocate for a fellowship, we will also supplement your housing and moving expenses. The fellowship also covers the costs of required travel for fellowship activities.

Supplements below listed as yearly maximums.

Housing Supplement

Single, married or partnered fellow $5,000
Fellow with 1 child $7,000
Fellow with 2 children $8,500
Fellow with 3 or more children $10,000

Child Care Supplement

1 child age 12* or younger                                                      $5,600
2 children ages 12* or younger $6,000
3 children ages 12* or younger $6,400
4 or more children ages 12* or younger $7,200
Additional allowance for child 3* years or younger $6,400

* Age defined on March 31 of application year.

Health Insurance Supplement

The fellowship pays a 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. Funds are provided by way of monthly reimbursement.

Moving Allowance

Up to $2,000 for fellows moving between cities within their country of origin. Up to $4,000 for fellows moving outside their country of origin. The fellowship also offers a supplemental allowance for families with children of up to $2,000.

Research & Equipment

Up to $3,000 annually will be given towards the purchase of laptop computers, digital cameras, recorders, fees for Continuing Studies or other courses related to the fellowship, computer software, research fees or payments, and travel expenses for conferences or other research related to the fellow’s research or study.

Server Allowance

Up to $250 to cover the server costs associated with deploying projects such as fees for Heroku, Amazon Web Services, and domain registration.

Travel Allowance

All approved fellowship trips – domestic and international – are covered. Additional travel required by the fellowship Partners will be covered by them.

Visa Assistance

Mozilla will work directly with fellowship Partners to secure temporary work visas on behalf of fellows who require them.

The application process is easy and brief. Apply now or learn more about how it works.