Processing Foundation Fellowship Program 2020 [Stipend-available]

Processing Foundation Fellowship Program 2020 [Stipend-available]

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified candidates for the Processing Foundation Fellowship Program 2020 [Stipend-available]. The full application details for the Processing Foundation Fellowship Program can be accessed below.

Processing Foundation Fellowship Program

Applications for the Processing Foundation Fellowship Program 2020 are now open. With this open call, Processing Foundation celebrates its Fellowship Program’s fifth year of supporting members of their community in projects that converge and expand the fields of art, technology, education, and activism. The Fellowship program has sponsored inspired, ambitious, and visionary work from artists, designers, activists, educators, engineers, researchers, coders, and collectives—and many combinations of these—in projects that conceive a new direction for what Processing as a software and a community can do.

Fellowships are an essential element of the Processing Foundation’s work toward developing tools of empowerment and access, and in nurturing the needs of the communities who use our software. Fellowships are self-initiated projects proposed by members of our community, which we support with mentorship; infrastructural, technical, and practical resources; and community connections. The Foundation chooses a cohort for the year that comprises a range of distinct and dynamic work, and much of our decisions are based not only on the strength of the proposal but how we feel we can best support the fellow in the trajectory of their practice.

Projects can range from development of the existing Processing software projects (Processing, p5.js,, Processing for Android), to creative and exploratory research for new iterations. We place the most emphasis on projects that activate, foster, and cultivate community, speaking to the needs of specific groups through outreach and engagement. Barriers to access and diversity should be thoughtfully addressed and included in the project’s scope. We are less interested in funding an individual’s art practice, and more interested in supporting work that uses our software to creatively connect a group of people—be they students and educators, creators and users, artists and the public, or activists and organizers.


The stipend for the 2020 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.

A fellow must complete the requirements of the fellowship for the stipend to be paid in full.


  • Open to applicants from all backgrounds and skill levels
  • They support proposals that involve investigations into what a fellow may not already know how to do.
  • Fellowships are open to U.S.-based and international applicants.
  • They are attentive to proposals that demonstrate enthusiasm, innovation, and the evolution of a fellow’s practice rather than their pre-existing technical skills.
  • They choose projects that will have a significant impact on the fellow’s practice, offering the fellow much-needed resources and support.

Their past fellowships are good examples of work they believe is important, and of how those projects have evolved into self-sustaining projects in their own right. Applicants should familiarize themselves with previously supported work (scroll down).


Processing Foundation Fellows are expected to commit 100 hours to proposed projects, over the course of March 1, 2020 to May 31, 2020. 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 is to be decided upon between the fellow and their mentor (and advisors, if applicable) by Friday, March 6, 2020.


  • 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 bi-weekly meetings with a mentor throughout the fellowship are required, either in-person or virtually.


Only one application per person is allowed.

Selected fellows will be notified by early February 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. Fellows will be selected by the Processing Foundation’s Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.

How to Apply for Processing Foundation Fellowship Program

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Processing Foundation.

Application Deadline: December 19, 2019.

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