Information Controls Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

Mon, 2018-02-05 12:34

Apply by March 25th, 2018 to join OTF’s fifth ICFP fellowship cohort

OTF’s Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) is now accepting applications for its fifth fellowship cohort, with a final deadline of March 25th, 2018. The application and additional information can be found here.

About the Program

The ICFP fellowship program supports individuals working to examine restrictions on the free flow of information. In particular tracking internet interference practices and investigating emerging means of overcoming censorship in repressive environments – the countries, regions, or areas worldwide where internet freedom is most threatened.

The ICFP program offers flexibility for candidates with fellowships available for three, six, nine, or twelve months in duration. This allows for the support of a wider range of proposed efforts, from those that are relatively novel and short-term to others larger in scope. A monthly stipend of $4,200 is granted along with a travel stipend.

Independent Study with Organizational Support

All ICFP fellows are based with a host organization for the duration of their fellowship term. Host organizations should demonstrate the ability to assist the applicant in carrying out the proposed scope of work. Applicants can propose any host organization on their application as long as a justification for the selection is provided. OTF welcomes applications from non-academic organizations as well as those that are based outside of the United States.

If you are affiliated with an organization and want to host an ICFP fellow at your organization, please email [email protected] for more information.

Supported Topical Areas of Study

Past fellows have explored a range of topics and technological focuses, including country and region-specific information controls studies, the development of software tools used to research internet censorship as well as those that can circumvent online censorship, investigations around targeted digital attacks aimed at at-risk users, and research around security vulnerabilities in technologies used by at-risk communities.

To get a better sense of the types of efforts supported through the ICFP program, you can read about the current (fourth) cohort of fellows here, and past classes here (rounds onetwo, and three).


If you have any questions, please post them in this public spreadsheet and they will be answered in a prompt fashion. If your question is not appropriate for a public forum, please email [email protected].