A Fellowship of Usability

Announcing a new program for usable-security researchers

We are pleased to announce one of our first initiatives – the Secure Usability Fellowship Program (SUFP) – in partnership with the Open Technology Fund. This new program aims to cultivate applied research and creative collaboration at different levels and across institutions on the topic of usable security, especially the usability of open-source secure-communication tools to promote human rights and open societies.

SUFP’s approach to this work is straightforward; the program supports qualified individuals to work within accomplished host organizations on clearly-defined and high-impact usable-security projects. Simply Secure will offer mentorship and community to the fellows, act as a host organization for some of them, and help OTF guide and administer the program overall.

Two tiers of competitively-paid fellowships are available:

  • Senior Fellows - Offered as a one year term and typically taken up by postdoctoral or doctoral students, and/or researchers / practitioners with demonstrated expertise and experience.
  • Seasonal Fellows - Offered as a three- or six-month term and typically taken up by students and/or less-experienced practitioners.

We encourage people from a varied and unlikely backgrounds – from students to established practitioners – to apply. We welcome applications from people in a diversity of disciplines; likely candidates have experience as usability researchers, interaction or visual designers, computer scientists, user-facing software developers, data visualization designers, or other types of social scientists.

To apply to be a fellow, please complete this online form. The deadline for applications to the inaugural group of fellows is January 2nd, 2015. If you’re interested in hosting a fellow, please contact sufp@opentechfund.org.


We're hiring!

Join our team and let’s make this happen. We have ambitious goals, and the first step to meeting them is growing our team. We’re officially hiring two new positions – an Operations Manager and a Research Director (or Associate Director). If you’re interested in helping us quickly make an impact on the usability of secure communication tools, please apply. If you know someone who fits this description, please spread the word.

Apply now for design and usability help

We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Open Technology Fund as part of their Usability Lab project. This exciting initiative will allow open-source software projects to apply for free assistance with user-experience (UX) design as well as usability research. To our knowledge, this is the first program to offer support of this kind. Who should apply? The Usability Lab is focused on projects within OTF’s remit – i.

Calling UX Designers & Usability Researchers

We are pleased to share that the call for applications to the 2016 Supporting Usability and Design for Security (SUDS) Fellowship is now live. The fellowship, which is sponsored by the Open Technology Fund and co-administered by Simply Secure, is the next generation of the Secure Usability Fellowship Program (SUFP). Note: the deadline for applications has been extended to March 21st. SUDS is designed to pair fellows with host organizations that will offer mentorship and oversight, and Simply Secure is once again acting as one of the host organizations.