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Application Open for Next Billion Fellowship Cohort 4


Decades from now, there will be many stories to tell about the early days of Ethereum. We will remenisce about how a peculiar and powerful technology began to change the landscape of trust on the internet. Some will remember being skeptical, while others may claim to have known all along that it would change the world. Those future stories are out of reach for us – obscured as all things are by the challenges and uncertainties of the present moment.

But there are other stories out there, right now, that we need to listen to. Stories of people; of their learning, growth, hope, and experience. The Next Billion Fellowship at the Ethereum Foundation is a search for individuals with stories to tell us about today, and projects that work towards tomorrow.

Starting today, and until January 15th, 2024, applications are open for cohort 4 of the Next Billion Fellowship. Over six months, NxBn Fellows will explore and work on a project that represents a personal quest toward a better future, with help from peers/mentors from around the Ethereum expanded universe.

There are no strict guidelines for a NxBn fellowship project or story. Projects in previous cohorts have included pieces of research, building proofs-of-concept, and ‘stretch collaboration’ initiatives outside of the web3 space. The NxBn Fellowship is just a small story part of a larger narrative; incoming fellows usually will have already begun their journey, and will work on their project long after the fellowship has finished. The only requirement is that Fellows be able to earnestly represent their project’s context in public, and to openly share their words (or code) with the community. We thank you for your interest, and look forward to hearing your stories.

If you would like to know more about the Next Billion Fellowship, there will be two “Office Hours” calls during the application period:

  • December 6th, 2023 at 16:00 UTC
  • January 9th, 2024 at 06:00 UTC

Register here for either Office Hours session


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