Mozilla Research Grants

Mozilla is dedicated to keeping the web open, healthy, and accessible to everyone. As part of that mission, they provide research grants to universities, labs and research-focused registered non-profits working to make the internet a better place.

Research Domains

We fund research in a wide variety of ways, including building new technologies, improving existing technologies, and studying how people use technology. Our research domains include Emerging Technologies’ four core areas:

  • Open Web Platform, such as Rust, Servo and Daala. We recently funded projects testing the Rust and bindgen compilers, and implementing Typed WebAssembly.
  • Mixed Reality, including virtual reality and augmented reality. In 2017 we funded a study into gender differences in virtual reality, and another exploring how to design pro-social norms in VR.
  • Speech, Language & Assistants: recent funded research includes improvements to word2vec; aiding the creation of a corpus of human-chatbot interaction open data; and mining translations from existing webpages.
  • New Explorations: We have funded proposals to design more usable IoT access controls; family use of IoT; and building distributed computing in remote islands

We also fund research relevant to Mozilla in other ways:

  • Firefox: We funded a study to understand how users think Private Browsing modes work and how they actually work, as well as a study exploring older adults’ use of the internet.
  • Internet Health: Funded proposals have included studies of the ethics of hacktivism and evaluating add-ons to understand their privacy implications.
  • Accessibility: We have funded the creation of a corpus of unambiguous data for evaluating text entry for blind users, as well as tools to improve privacy and accessibility of web extensions.
  • Inclusion: We believe in the value of inclusive innovation and impact, continuously exploring new possibilities with and for diverse communities, and have funded projects that include studying ways to ameliorate harassment in streaming video and encouraging computer science education for youth.

In addition, we’re always interested in projects that explore answers to difficult questions impacting the open web, such as:

  • Developing open data resources and allowing for data portability
  • Exploring reasonable ways to balance advertising and privacy
  • Improving web anonymity
  • Developing open identity solutions and open standards for encrypted messaging
  • Researching alternatives to advertising to fund internet experiences
  • Finding ways to improve the decentralization of the internet away from closed-source software and closed-source data
  • Exploring issues related to vulnerable populations, and improving diversity in open-source software

For more detail, here are the previous funding announcements:

While we do fund a wide variety of domains, this program is for funding research.

Submitting a Funding Request

UPDATE: Submissions for 2017H2 are now closed. We will announce the 2018H1 program in Spring 2018. To be notified about these or related opportunities for collaboration or funding, join this mailing list.

Applications must be affiliated with a university, research institute or research-focused registered non-profit, in any country (except for those embargoed by the US State Department). University-affiliated applicants can be students or faculty; students will require a letter from their advisor. We encourage the submission of small, focused proposals, and we expect the timescale for most projects, not counting final publications, will be around one year. In general, we cap individual grants at $50,000. As part of our commitment to diversity, we will fund childcare up to 10% of a grant, with a cap of $5000, not counted as part of the $50,000 cap. We particularly encourage applications from new faculty in their first or second years. Funding is given as an unrestricted gift to the institution. We do not pay university overhead.

Proposals must include a plan for disseminating the results, which would normally include publication in a peer-reviewed and open-access venue, and we encourage you to make any resulting publications, results, code, and/or data publicly accessible. We will pay open-access fees for not-for-profit publishers included in your budget. In the interests of transparency, we ask you to acknowledge Mozilla’s support in your publication, and send it to us when it gets published. We particularly encourage grant recipients to further publish their work in a format more accessible to the public, like blog posts or articles in the popular press.

Graduate Scholarships at Central European University

Applications are now being accepted for master’s and doctoral scholarships at Central European University. Graduate students and faculty from around the world come together in Budapest to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

Central European University in Budapest is an internationally recognized institution of postgraduate education established by George Soros and supported by the Open Society Foundations. It is accredited in the United States and Hungary.

Eligibility Criteria

The University provides a variety of scholarships and research grants for which applicants from any country are eligible to apply.

Academic areas and programs include the following:

  • cognitive science
  • economics and business
  • environmental sciences and policy
  • gender studies
  • history
  • international relations
  • legal studies
  • mathematics and its applications
  • medieval studies
  • nationalism studies
  • network science
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • public policy
  • sociology and social anthropology

Guidelines

For more information about available financial aid, funding options, and research grants, visit the Central European University website.

Applications are due February 1, 2018 for master’s and PhD studies with financial aid. Applications are due June 1, 2018 for self-financing master’s studies.

孔子新汉学计划 CONFUCIUS CHINA STUDIES PROGRAM

Hanban supports graduate research and Ph.D. programs,  furthermore financianl help can be granted for conferences and publications.

There are six stipend categories. The deadline for Ph.D. programs is every year at the end of January.

Homepage “Confucius China Studies Program”

Contact: ccsp@hanban.org

电话:+86 10 58595756

传真:+86 10 58595762

  1. 中外合作培养博士项目 Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

Support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations.

Duration: From six months to two years.

Funding

  • Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year
  • Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Tuition;
  • Other support provided by the host Chinese university
  • Expenses for the foreign supervisor’s visit or research in China
  • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China
  • Group activities and cultural experience

 

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  1. 来华攻读博士学位项目 Ph.D. in China Fellowship

Support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities.

Funding

  • Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year;
  • Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
  • Round-trip international airfare;
  • Tuition;
  • Other support provided by the host Chinese university;
  • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China.
  • Group activities and cultural experience.

 

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  1. 理解中国访问学者项目 Understanding China Fellowship

This fellowship consists of the following three categories:

  • 1. “Understanding China” Visiting Scholar to China >> details
  • 2. “Understanding China” Short-term visit >> details
  • 3. “Understanding China” Chinese Visiting Scholar >> details
  1. 青年领袖项目 Young Leaders Fellowship

Support outstanding youths who have been awarded at least a Bachelor’s Degree and hold a certain position in the field of politics, economics, finance, law, education, culture, arts, and media to visit China;

Duration: From two weeks to six months.

Funding

  • Accommodation and travel expenses in China;
  • Round-trip international airfare (economy class, to be reimbursed against actual cost);
  • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China.

 

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  1. 出版资助项目 Publication Grant

Publication Grant supports foreign scholars to publish or translate relevant monographs, doctoral dissertations, or founding relevant academic journals on Sinology and/or China Studies.

The leading applicant must be non-Chinese citizen, and the book will be published in other countries and areas than P.R.China.

The grant covers expenses for editing, translation, publication, circulation and advertising. The exact expenses will be approved according to the application.

 

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  1. 国际会议项目 International Conference Grant

The International Conference Grant is aimed at supporting Confucius Institutes, universities, research institutes, and scholars to hold or attend international academic conferences on Sinology and/or China Studies.

Funding

  • The accommodation and travel expenses of conference speakers;
  • Registration fees;
  • Publication fees of conference proceedings.

 

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The Daimler and Benz Foundation Scholarship Program – Postdoctoral Students & Assistant Professors

The grants serve to support postdoctoral students at German research institutes, primarily assistant professors or researchers in similar positions, as, for example, self-employed heads of young academic research groups. Candidates must be in the early phases of their research career. The Foundation knowingly refuses to formulate a specific definition of “early phases” since the time period will be dependent on the academic field and can be evaluated in differing ways. Nonetheless it should be clear from the application that the applicant has consciously decided to pursue a research career and is actively pursuing this goal.

Applicants can only apply for a grant for their own research project. It can either be for an expansion of an already running research project or a completely new project.

The scholarships are awarded for two years: the yearly grant sum is €20,000. Scholarship recipients must write a report about their progress and research results after the first year and a final report once the scholarship has ended. The bursar’s office of the research institute at which the scholarship recipient is working handles the actual disbursement of the grant.

Read more

http://www.daimler-benz-stiftung.de/cms/images/dbs-bilder/nachwuchs/postdoktoranden-2018/Postdoc_Ausschreibung_englisch.pdf