Feel free to DM me if you want any help and advice applying. The Fellowship really is life changing if you are a free thinker in a closed system and have an idea you want to explore.
I wanted to develop open and affordable conservation technologies to break down the barriers that inhibit access, and so I started the Arribada Initiative (check out the AudioMoth purchase at the moment too). You get $250k a year plus your salary on top, so it's supercharged. Plus, it's like a family. You work with other Fellows to get advice, share experiences and everyone supports each other.
If you have an idea that needs openness injected then go for it, apply today.