⚡ Announcing the 2022 Reboot Student Fellowship
Explore tech, humanity, and power through a guided book club, writing workshop, and community mentorship
As more technologists think seriously about the societal impact of their work, there remain few opportunities to bring theory into practice. Students are ushered into career fairs and internships with vague promises of "tech for good," but are left alone to figure out what the hell that really means.
We're excited to announce that applications are open for the Reboot Student Fellowship: a program for students to explore tech, humanity, and power through a guided book club, writing workshop, and community mentorship.
The 2022 cohort will run from February 20 to April 10. We plan to accept 40 fellows reading and writing across different interest areas, looking at their intersections with technology. This year’s topics are: race, labor, government/law, business, education, media, climate, and healthcare.
👉 Apply at http://bit.ly/reboot-fellows-22 by January 21, or read on for more details. We’re also hosting three events where you can learn more about the Fellowship: January 5th (our Values-Aligned Tech Careers Panel), January 12th (a Q&A with Reboot Fellows), and January 19th (a Public Interest Tech Mixer), all at 6pm PT.
The fellowship is run by Reboot and funded by the Omidyar Network.
📖 what will you do?
The fellowship runs from February 20 to April 10. It is stipended and fully virtual.
Each week, you'll spend around 1 hour in mentored peer groups, 1 hour in a fellowship-wide session, and 2-3 hours of external reading and writing:
A book club among peers: Each peer group will receive a relevant book to read, discuss, and then meet the author for a private Q&A. Each peer group will focus on one book and theme. Past books have included Black Software by Charlton McIlwain, Voices from the Valley and "The Making of the Tech Worker's Movement" by Ben Tarnoff, and Future Histories by Lizzie O'Shea.
Writing and workshopping a short piece: In the second half of the fellowship, peer groups will research, write, and peer-edit a short work.
Real-life applications: Fellowship-wide activities are dedicated to making the theoretical practical: exploring public interest tech careers, current events, and group mixers. Mentors will meet 1:1 with every fellow to discuss their goals and match them to resources.
👩🏻💻 who's this for?
If this sounds exciting, then apply here! It'll take around 20-30 minutes, and applications will be accepted until January 21 at 11:59pm PT.
Here's who we're looking for:
You're passionate about issues of technology, humanity, and power. You’ve engaged through research or a project/campaign of your own. You're eager to learn more and excited to connect theory and practice.
You're a young person: a college undergrad or between the ages of 18-22.
You're a lively and thoughtful discussion partner. You thrive in seminars and small groups. You ask lots of questions. You're comfortable pushing back (politely) on others' opinions and suggesting your own.
You're keen to read and write, regardless of past experience. You're a self-motivated learner who actually does the readings. You're eager to put pen to paper and revise your work with others.
You're excited to meet some incredible people: friends, mentors, and collaborators.
Hear from some of our past fellows on what their experience was like:
🪁 "I learned so much from the members of my small group. Our group became really close and I am so excited to maintain those friendships beyond the fellowship. I'm excited to hear about how all of us develop and implement our values in various paths inside/outside tech."
💡 "[My favorite part was] community! [It] was such an organic experience that helped me understand life beyond my college circles. I think college currently [and] the new grad experience can be very lonely, so this was a breath of fresh air. There's so much to learn from everybody, and I really treasured that experience."
💬 questions or comments?
If your question is not answered in the FAQ below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Fellowship” in the subject line.
What is Reboot?
Reboot is a community that convenes book-lovers, writers, and technologists to imagine the future of tech, humanity, and power. We don’t publish platitudes on “tech for good,” and we won’t teach you to pass coding challenges or productivity-hack your day.
To this end, we host events with researchers, technologists, authors, and more who share the same vision with us as well as a weekly newsletter featuring book reviews and short essays by Reboot community members. We've also published a magazine, Kernel, which asks what it means to understand the basis of society. Subscribe to our mailing list here.
What will I get out of the fellowship?
We hope fellows will come out with the following:
Community: A network of friends, career peers, and mentors who you can rely on for years to come.
Skill development: Improved writing, critical thinking, and understanding.
Purpose: A deepened desire to shape better technological and sociological futures.
Does the program cost anything?
No! You will be provided a free copy of the book and the program will provide a stipend of $300 (with availability if more is needed) for participation.
What's the expected time commitment?
Each week, you can expect to spend approximately 1 hour in peer groups, 1 hour in fellowship-wide sessions, and 3-4 hours reading and writing. These numbers will depend on each student’s pace of reading and writing.
It's important to us that fellows attend the vast majority of sessions. We will adapt meeting times to maximize student availability.
Do I need to be studying a technical or tech-related field?
Not necessarily, but we expect fellows to demonstrate interest in exploring technology, humanity, and power. This could come from research, work experience, activism, personal learning, or anything else.
Do I need writing experience? What type of writing will I be doing?
Not at all! Many of our previous fellows have entered the program totally new to writing. Instead, we look for critical analysis skills, unique perspectives, and excitement about learning with others.
Check out the Reboot newsletter for some essays from past fellows (Lucas on The Creator's Dilemma and Bianca on Maintenance in the Global South)
I’m a new grad, can I still apply to this?
Since we’re gearing this towards undergrads, we’re unfortunately not accepting applications from new grads. We will be running mini cohorts for new grads in February so keep an eye out for that!
How else can I get involved?
Don't fit the description of what we're looking for but looking to hang out, discuss, and grow with a thoughtful group of individuals? Feel free to join our Discord community waitlist here.
This is the last newsletter of 2021 — we’ll see you the first week of January 2022. Until then, wishing you and your loved ones warmth and joy.
See you soon,
This sounds really cool! Definitely going to submit an app!
submitted my app yesterday, so excited for this!!