Open Call: Processing Community Lead Fellowship

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  • Maintaining and enhancing the Processing website, including ensuring the site continues to run and content is updated as needed including, but not limited to, the Examples, Reference, and Tutorials. The website was developed by Design Systems International, but this role accepts responsibility for the site content
  • Coordination with the team developing the Processing (Java) software to keep the documentation in sync with the software as it evolves
  • Working with the Processing Foundation on the annual fellows and Google Summer of Code participants
  • Responsibility for the Processing Discourse discussion forum and community, which includes working with the current moderators and behind-the-scenes administration
  • Improving the accessibility of documentation which may include internationalization through translation of the site and software into other languages
  • Collaborating and coordinating on Processing Community Day events
  • Collaborating and coordinating with the Processing Education Community on shared goals and initiatives
  • Contribute to social media efforts for the Processing Foundation, as related
  • Contribute to the planning of the annual Processing Foundation fundraiser
  • Other responsibilities are possible as desired by the person who receives this fellowship

Experience and Skills

  • Clear communication, written and verbal
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating with others
  • Desire to communicate and work with people from all over the world
  • Experience within the Processing community
  • Experience and expertise working with the Processing Software
  • Git and GitHub
  • Markdown and Javadoc notation
  • Willingness to work with Google Docs and Spreadsheets to coordinate with other team members


  • A one-month onboarding will take place after the fellowship is offered and accepted through a series of meetings with Casey Reas, who currently owns these responsibilities. Casey will prepare a set of materials that document the current structure, information, and passwords for the project. At the end of the onboarding period, you will coordinate with Casey on immediate and longer term goals for the year, and come up with a plan for next steps.
  • We’ll organize one or more meetings with Ben Fry, the lead on the Processing software, and Dan Shiffman, a Processing Foundation board member and Processing co-lead
  • We invite you to join our Processing Foundation monthly team meeting to meet everyone. Date to be determined.
  • During this time, we will also ask you to create a post for our medium blog introducing yourself to the community. This is an opportunity, but not an obligation. See examples from Dorothy and Saber.

Mentorship and Support

  • We are committed to supporting this trajectory through mentorship provided by Casey Reas
  • The fellowship will be supervised by the Processing Foundation who will also provide support and collaboration.

Grant Award


  • Casey Reas, Processing Project Co-Lead, and Board of Directors Member
  • Ben Fry, Processing Project Co-Lead
  • Daniel Shiffman, Processing Project Co-Lead, and Board of Directors Member
  • Dorothy R. Santos, Processing Foundation Executive Director

Application for Processing Project Lead


  • Name
  • Email address
  • Website (optional)
  • GitHub link (optional)
  • CV or resume (2 pages max)
  • Names and email addresses of two references that can recommend you. These can be employers, colleagues, mentors, or collaborators. We’re not asking for reference letters at this time.


  • Video link and password (if needed)


  • What would be your priorities for your time leading the Processing Community? Which aspects are you most interested in working on? (500 words max)
  • Describe your approach to leadership. (100 words max)
  • How has your previous work demonstrated a commitment to equity and inclusion? If it hasn’t yet, tell us how you would bring this into your practice (250 words max)
  • Do you have any questions or concerns (or fears or anxieties) about this position? (250 words max)
  • You may provide any additional documents you feel support your application. (3 pages max)
  • Open Call: May 5, 2022
  • Review begins: June 10, 2022
  • Interviews: June 27–July 1, 2022
  • Notifications: 8 July 2022
  • Fellowship Begins: To be determined…



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