Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship

Deadline: by the end of April for a September intake, by the end of November for a March intake
Open to: anyone who has a plan for social change through innovation in the areas of education and technology and a clear vision of a changed world
Fellowship: technological, financial, and legal support

Shuttleworth Foundation provides funding for dynamic leaders who are at the forefront of social change. They identify amazing people, give them a fellowship grant, and multiply the money they put into their projects by a factor of ten or more. They are looking for social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and are looking for some support through an innovative social investment model.

This fellowship offers you the freedom and financial ability to bring about the change you envisage for the world as well as an enabling support structure and an existing network of social change agents.
The Foundation will provide technological, financial, and legal support, enabling all administrative processes such as contracting with 3rd parties, done in an efficient and risk free manner. We will also work to support you by connecting you with our network of projects, funders and institutions where we think you can offer value.
The Foundation will support the Fellow to take their good ideas and turn them into successful initiatives. You will also be part of a continually growing pool of established alumni network to share learnings and experiences.


* Anyone who has a plan for social change through innovation (fresh thinking that adds value) in the areas of education and technology.
* Anyone who has a clear vision of a changed (improved) world and their contribution to bringing about this change.
* The fellowship is not limited to any specific geographic location. However, applicants must be fluent in English.
* Fellowship applicants must have attained the age of majority by the date of application.


The Foundation does not have strictly defined areas of funding as we have found this restrictive as people do not always fit into boxes.
Previous successful application have come from individuals working in the following areas:
* Communication and Analytical Skills in Education
* Intellectual Property Rights
* Open and Collaborative Educational Resources
* Telecommunications
* Open Philanthropy
* Open Science

The fellowship is not an academic fellowship aimed at research, although research is not excluded. Preference will be given to action based research or practical implementations of innovative ideas.


Fellows work from where they are, with an open door to visit the Foundation’s head office in Cape Town, South Africa.


Fellows are expected to commit 100% of their time and attention to the focus area selected for their fellowship. The fellowship aims to free up the time of the Fellow to pursue their ideas in this area. The Fellow must submit any outside work, volunteer or otherwise, that they may want to conduct whilst on a Foundation Fellowship, to the Foundation for approval. The Fellow is required to attend the bi-annual Fellow gatherings and openly and accurately communicate on all projects, movements and decisions.
The fellowship must be taken up between 2 and 4 months after awarded.

Application Procedure

* Send your CV (no more than 3 pages)
* Send a 5 minute video on your ideas
* Answer the 4 questions below (no more than 2 pages)
o Describe the world as it is. (a description of the status quo and context in which you will be working)
o What change do you want to make? (a description of what you want to change about the status quo, in the world, your personal vision for this area)
o What do you want to explore? (a description of the innovations or questions you would like to explore during the fellowship year)
o What are you going to do to get there? (a description of what you actually plan to do during the year)

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The Shuttleworth Foundation formally reviews applications in May for a September intake and November for a March intake.

If you have specific questions about this process, or you would like to apply, please email:

The official webpage.

5 thoughts on “Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship

  1. I am senior Investigation Officer at the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance. I have identified a social problem associated with the violations of human rights and contravention of the principles of administrative justice, particularly at the Simiyu Region, in tanzania in which it needs action research / applied research so as to redress the problem. Therefore I have developed a complete research proposal and collected useful information to start with, but due to limited resource, I personally and the Commission we have failed to fund this important study, the only hope will be on external support, including your reputable instituion

    With deep and sincere respect I forward my interest to see how you can consider the idea for funding

    Thank you in advance, and anxious to here from you soon

    Francis Luziga (M.A., B.A., Dipl. Educ.)

    Senior Investigation Officer

    Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance

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    Dar es salaam

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    1. Dear Francis,

      Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the program.

      If you have specific questions about this process, or you would like to apply for the fellowship, please email:




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