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Technologists Sought for Stanford Fellowship Program

Technologists Sought for Stanford Fellowship Program 

By Ronald Roach

Two corporate and two foundation partners are joining the Reuters Foundation to support the Digital Vision Fellowship Program at Stanford University for 2005. Google Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the Grameen Technology Foundation and Mexico’s Telmex Foundation are helping bring outstanding technologists to the Stanford campus.

Digital Vision Fellows are social entrepreneurs committed to using information technology solutions. For the 2005-2006 academic year, the program will focus on the following broad categories:

•Micro-finance, remittances and alternative currencies;

•Low-cost Internet connectivity networks, devices and interfaces;

•Rural telemedicine networks, equipment and services; and

•Social software, community-building and learning tools.
Fellows participate in a structured Digital Vision Program with weekly classes, seminars and workshops. DV Fellows collaborate with faculty, students and with each other. DV Fellows draw on the resources of Stanford University and Silicon Valley to research the needs and requirements of their projects, identify the best technology choices, create proof-of-concept prototypes and develop sustainable business models. Some financial support is available for prototype development. DV Fellows have visiting scholar privileges at Stanford, including the ability to audit courses.

The DV Program will award 12 full-time fellowships, covering all Stanford fees and expenses. Additionally, living allowances are available for fellows accepted from developing world countries.

The deadline for applications for the 2005-2006 academic year is March 15. Fellowships will be awarded after May 16.

Successful candidates are mid-career technologists and professionals from the corporate, NGO and government sectors who wish to apply their skills to a humanitarian IT-based project in the developing world. For additional information, click on the “Become a Fellow” link at or send an e-mail to [email protected].

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