Processing Foundation Fellowships | Open Call for 2017

November 18, 2016

The Processing Foundation Fellowship Program supports the development and expansion of Processing, its affiliated projects, and their communities. Work done by fellows is supported through funding and mentorship from The Processing Foundation. For more details about the foundation, visit

Application Deadline: December 19, 2016, 11:59PM PST

The Processing Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Fellowship Program.

Processing Foundation Fellowships support artists, coders, and collectives in visionary projects that conceive a new direction for what Processing as a software and a community can do. Fellowships are an integral part of the Processing Foundation’s work toward developing tools of empowerment and access at the convergence of art and technology. We encourage proposals that involve investigations into what a fellow may not already know how to do. This can be initiated at any level of expertise, and we are open to applicants from all backgrounds and skill levels. We place more emphasis on proposals that demonstrate enthusiasm, innovation, and the evolution of a fellow’s practice rather than their pre-existing technical skills.

Projects can range from software development of the existing Processing projects (Processing, p5.js,, to creative and exploratory research for new iterations, to community outreach initiatives that address barriers to access and diversity. Our past fellowships are good examples of work we believe is important, and of how those projects have evolved into self-sustaining projects in their own right. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the list of fellowship ideas and previously supported work (below), and to envision how their projects might continue beyond the Foundation’s support. (For more details on the origins and aims of the Fellowship program, check out this interview.)

Fellows will be selected by the Processing Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Board will work with selected fellows to find appropriate mentorship for the project. Fellows are awarded a stipend of $3000 USD, at $30/hour for a total of 100 hours. As a culmination of the fellowship, a public presentation will take place in the fall of 2017 at a partnering organization. See Fellowship Guidelines for more details.

Application period is open November 17 – December 19, 2016. Selected fellows will be notified by January 15, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.




Applications must include a project description (2 pages or 4000 maximum characters), development document (1 page or 2000 maximum characters), links to up to three previous projects, CV, and a Github link (if applicable). More details can be found in the application submission form.


Processing Foundation Fellows are expected to commit 100 hours to proposed projects, over the course of February 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017. The 100 hours of the fellowship must take place during this timeline. How the 100 hours are completed is flexible and decided upon between the mentor and the fellow. For example, if a fellow wants to work 100 hours over 2.5 weeks in March, that is fine. Or, if they want to log a few hours per week throughout the entire fellowship period, that is also fine.

Agreement of schedules and milestone dates are to be decided between the fellow and their mentor (and advisors, if applicable).


Mentors are assigned to each fellow from within the Processing Foundation’s community.

If a specific mentor is desired, please indicate this in the application.

Regular meetings with a mentor throughout the fellowship are required (either in-person or via phone/skype). Scheduling of meetings must be made in agreement together at the beginning of the fellowship.

Progress Documentation

Regular progress updates, via social media, blogs, etc., are required to be posted at least twice monthly. It is recommended that progress updates occur after each progress meeting.

Fellowship projects are featured on the Processing Foundation’s website, with a fellow’s bio, images, and a link to the project.


Fellowship projects must be open source.

Final online documentation of fellowship projects are required, as well as a written post for the Processing Foundation Medium account. In fall 2017, a public presentation of all fellowship work will be hosted at a partnering organization. Documentation and public presentations can take many forms (including workshops, panels, workshops, lectures, etc.), and we are open to what fits best for the work.

Project legacy is an important component of fellowships. We encourage applicants to think about how projects may support future sustainability or archiving of the work. This includes, but is not limited to: code commenting and reusability, documentation, prioritized @todo lists / roadmaps (if there’s more to do after your fellowship is completed), laying out infrastructure that enables others to carry on, summary of discoveries for research focused projects, etc.


The stipend for the 2017 Fellowship is $3,000 USD, calculated at $30 per hour for 100 total hours. Payment of the stipend will be made in 50% installments: $1,500 USD paid at the start of your fellowship, and the remaining $1,500 USD upon its completion.

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