Fellowship Applications

The Shuttleworth Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement their innovative idea for social change. We are most interested in exceptional ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement.

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A selection of articles to help you understand our process

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Thinking of applying? Do it

This is not an easy Fellowship to get, the process may be simple, but the competition is stiff. Approximately 1% of applicants are offered a...

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Thinking of applying? It could be you

When thinking about applying for this fellowship, one of the first questions you might ask yourself is will I get in? Do I fit their...

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Thinking of applying? Be different

We do not have a list of topics we are interested in funding or a call for proposals around a specific theme. Of course we...

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Application pointers

Prospective applicants often ask us to narrow down the parameters for applications and be more specific about what we’re looking for. We are not planning...

Applications for the March 2022 fellowship intake are closed.

Application Checklist

The Do's and Don'ts of your Fellowship Application


A completed application comprises:

  • The (completed & submitted) application form.
  • Your 5 minute application video (public or private).
  • Your up to date resume.


We do not accept any of the following:

  • Hard copy applications.
  • Partial applications - you must answer all the questions and "submit" the form.
  • Email applications.

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We invite individuals with a fresh approach to solving a social challenge, using openness, to apply to our Fellowship Program.

Applicants may choose to make their application public at any time. You are most welcome to do so. For those who choose not to, your application will remain private in its entirety within the Foundation and its immediate support network until such time as you may be offered a Fellowship. At that point, we will have a conversation on how best to share information about you as a Fellow in the interest of openness. Applicants who choose to make their application public do not have a specific advantage over those who choose not to do so during the selection process.

In order to keep your application private, you may choose to protect your video submission with a password. Please submit the password along with the video link via our secure application form.

No partial applications will be considered.