We believe that it's possible to use Ethereum to improve the lives of billions of people. But we need more than just technology -- we need new ways of thinking about how humans interact with each other and with their environment. We need new stories to tell, new visions for a better future, and new ways of expressing our values in code.
The Next Billion Fellowship at the Ethereum Foundation is a search for stories. Stories that inspire us to focus on the important things, to find balance and fairness in the way we go about solving our problems, to push deeper into the mysteries of human cooperation.
During the course of 6 months, Fellows receive support to drive their own projects, and tell their own stories of Ethereum-enabled public goods destined to help billions coordinate and thrive.
Fellowship Program Cohort 3
Brian Limiardi builds for financial inclusion in Indonesia as co-founder of Copra. While access to personal loans is available through banks, there are many contexts in which the only way to get a loan for business is through informal lenders (read: loan sharks). For folks that choose to work and invoice in cryptocurrency, access to even simple legacy financial tools like personal or small business loans can be an obstacle. For his Fellowship, Brian will focus on researching the needs and realities of the growing demographic of workers and small businesses who use crypto as a primary means of invoicing and bookkeeping.
Devansh Mehta, co-founder of VoiceDeck, is interested in mapping out public good impact space. Impact methodologies and markets for environmental use cases are well-documented mechanisms, but sometimes ‘impact’ wanders into more subjective territory: Investigative journalism, for example, is undoubtedly a public good. How can the real work of journalists be documented and valued in a way that fits into the right funding mechanism? Devansh will work with citizen journalism newsrooms to explore methodologies of impact documentation using the hypercerts standard, with an aim to find a good mechanism of retroactive funding for positive social outcomes.
Masahiro (Masa) Fukuhara wants to spread the spirit of ONGAESHI, (恩返し, "To return a favor") in the world of education. ONGAESHI DAO is exploring mechanisms of retroactive solidarity payments in education and employment. For his Fellowship, Masa and other ONGAESHI DAO team members will learn from pilot programs in which contributors to the public good of education like funders and teachers are rewarded when businesses hire their students.
Mulenga Kapwepwe is co-founder of the Women’s History Museum of Zambia. There are many African artifacts in museums around the world, but rarely do those items have a tangible connection to the people and communities who created them. For her Fellowship, Mulenga is working with the Zambian web3 community to create a tokenized artifact registry, experimenting with museum revenue sharing for community documentation of art, customs, and crafting methodologies still practiced by the descendants of those items on display in museums around the world. Even if the items won’t return to their places of origin in the near future, it’s a small step toward bridging a gap of ownership that spans centuries.
Valeriia is a user experience specialist and an advisor to the Ukraine's Ministry of Digital Transformation. The war in Ukraine has shown that ingenuity and tenacity in human coordination is essential. When understanding the potential of protocols like Ethereum to be useful in such a time, pragmatism is wise. During her Fellowship, Ria will research the real drivers and blockers of adoption of cryptocurrencies and other decentralized applications for ordinary users to map emergent use cases and behaviors in Ukraine.
Eligibility of Projects and Candidates
A Fellow is a leader committed to their own project that helps Ethereum become a tool of and for the next billion. Their project could be a decentralized app, a piece of research, an organizational initiative, or something else entirely. There are no strict requirements for Next Billion Fellowship projects, save one: earnesty.
Whatever the project, whomever the Fellow, the program seeks to enable the flourishing of populations, communities, or individuals under-represented in the Ethereum ecosystem today. The Fellowship is neither the beginning nor the end of a Fellow's journey, but it may provide the support needed to encourage more ambitious, long-term goals and mindset.
Fellows are changemakers, visionaries, pragmatists, and creatives working on ambitious projects that seek to improve the lives of billions.
Next Billion Fellows should be on a personal quest, and should be able to represent their project's context in public.Subscribe to receive updates
The Human Stories of Ethereum - Meet the Next Billion Fellows Cohort 3
August 7, 2023
As we look at our world, it seems that individual humans are increasingly on the edges and in the margins of the big stories that play out on our scrolling screens. The narratives that captivate and resonate with ordinary folks seem to exist at a scale beyond the reach of...
Scouting for the Future: Technology and the Scouting Movement
May 1, 2023
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Next Billion Fellowship Cohort 3 - Call for applications
March 16, 2023
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The potential to empower disenfranchised communities in Latin America using Ethereum
February 6, 2023
The following is an update from Ethereum Foundation Fellow Marcus AM. Hola 👋, my name is Marcus and I'm a researcher and builder from Guatemala, and an EF Fellow. An optimist at heart, I’m driven by leveraging social, cultural and technological innovation to build better societies - a conviction...
Announcing the EF Fellowship Program, Cohort #2
October 10, 2022
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Fellowship Program: Cohort #2 Applications Open & Cohort #1 Roundup
June 21, 2022
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Spotlight on LatAm: Identity solutions for Govtech
June 7, 2022
The following is an update from Ethereum Foundation Fellow Chuy Cepeda. Our identities hold immense power. In a time when people take great pride in using multiple pseudonyms or personas, we often think about how to identify ourselves. I identify as a native of Monterrey, Mexico, a Latin-American, a...
Spotlight on Kenya: Microinsurance for Every Farmer
December 7, 2021
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Ethereum for the Next Billion: Announcing the EF Fellowship Program
May 7, 2021
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