The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships: Program Details
The Knight-Mozilla fellowships present a unique opportunity for people who like to code and who want to influence the future of journalism on the web.
The application for the 2016 fellowship will be open from June 10 to August 21, 2015.
The 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. We are in the process of selecting the news organizations that will host fellows in 2016 and will announce the organizations and their locations on June 10, 2015.
We make every attempt to match skills of fellows with needs of news organizations when matching fellow to organization.
STIPEND AND FINANCIAL BENEFITS
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.
|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.
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.
Up to $250 to cover the server costs associated with deploying projects such as fees for Heroku, Amazon Web Services, and domain registration.
All approved fellowship trips – domestic and international – are covered. Additional travel required by the fellowship partners will be covered by them.
Mozilla will work directly with fellowship partners to secure temporary work visas on behalf of fellows who require them.