Yoti Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 15 June 2019
Open to: individuals interested in helping unlock the potential of digital identities with a particular focus on local, grassroots issues
Benefits: GBP 30,000


The Yoti Fellowship Programme is now open. Applications are invited from individuals interested in helping unlock the potential of digital identities with a particular focus on local, grassroots issues. In return, Fellows will be offered generous financial and logistical support, expenses and a chance to have their findings shared with the wider world. See the Head of Social Impact Ken Banks chatting about the Fellowship Programme here.


Open to scholars, practitioners, journalists, technologists, social changemakers, policy makers and other public intellectuals interested in tackling an identity, or digital identity, challenge or issue within their country or community.

More specifically, they invite applications which focus on any of the following thematic areas.

  • Unlocking the challenges of providing and managing identity solutions among refugee, migrant, marginalized or economically exploited communities or individuals;
  • Studying the difficulties experienced by indigenous communities in establishing and proving identity, as well as claiming any state benefits they may be eligible for;
  • Unpicking what ‘digital identity’ and identity more broadly means to communities in developing countries (including those living in or close to the last mile) and the NGOs and local organizations providing services to them;
  • Any other issues which warrant investigation which are not yet part of the wider digital identity debate.


Fellows will be supported with a generous payment of GBP 30,000 (approximately USD 38,000) paid in equal installments over the course of the year, and receive logistical and technical support from Yoti. A small budget for project travel and other expenses up to a maximum of GBP 5,000 will also be available. All work produced will be made publicly and freely available on completion of the Fellowship.

You must develop and deliver the work set out in your proposal within 12 months. You will share your progress through quarterly updates. On completion of your Fellowship, you will present your final research (or other deliverables) to Yoti, either remotely or in person. If they request you to come to their London or India office Yoti will cover your travel costs.

How to apply?

Applications can be submitted between now and 15 June 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome on a rolling basis but no later than 15 July, 2019. The three successful applicants will be able to start their Fellowships shortly after the closing date. You can find the full terms and conditions and other Programme details in our application pack here. You can send any questions to the team at social.impact@yoti.com with the subject ‘Yoti Fellowship Programme’.

For more information, please click here.