The Shuttleworth Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement their innovative idea for social change. Moreover, they are most interested in exceptional ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement.
Additionally, the Shuttleworth Foundation is a small social investor that provides funding to dynamic leaders who are at the forefront of social change. Also, they look for social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and could benefit from a social investment model with a difference. They identify amazing people, give them a fellowship grant, and multiply the money they put into their own projects by a factor of ten or more.
The Foundation is at its core an experiment in open philanthropy and uses alternative funding methodologies and collaborative ways of working to ensure that every fellow receives the necessary support to succeed.
- Address application to them and customize it accordingly.
- They have invested in Open Educational Resources (OERs), education platforms and re-imagining peer learning before.
- “I will build a platform that will…”: Platforms do not solve problems. They also do not magically bring people, or problems and solutions, together. If applicants build it, there is no guarantee they will come. Tell them HOW applicants will do this and what the real world processes will be.
- Just adding technology to an offline process or problem will not solve it. Participants in the offline process will also not move to the technology enabled version just because it is there. What is the compelling reason for them to adopt the technology version? How will you help them do it?
- Building awareness or making connections is not specific enough. They want to support the exploration of a specific solution to a specific problem. Enabling others to connect in order to ask those questions and possibly find answers is great. They are looking for more. While they think it is important and useful for people to come together and they in no way prevent this from being part of a strategy, that is not enough. They are looking for a specific result in change in behavior.
A full application comprises of:
- this online application form
- Also, applicants application video – not longer than 5 minutes
- applicants resume
- Also, Please use no more that 1500 characters per essay question