[AfrICANN-discuss] Fwd: [Igfregionals] Call for Applications for Fellows from the Global South

Khaled Koubaa khaled.koubaa at gmail.com
Tue May 24 11:16:50 UTC 2016

For those interested in the IGF

Khaled Koubaa
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IGF Academy Fellowships

iRights, in cooperation with the Association for Progressive Communications
(APC) and LIRNEasia, with the financial support of the German Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development, are pleased to announce the call for
applications for a fellowship to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

We are looking for national champions in the field of freedom of expression
and / or Internet governance. The fellowship will enable fellows to receive
mentoring from internationally renowned experts in the Internet governance
process, to participate in a regional workshop with champions from other
countries, and to participate in the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
in Guadalajara, Mexico, from December 4th to 10th.
About the academy

The project seeks to foster and enhance freedom of expression on the
Internet and inclusive and transparent national Internet governance and
policy processes through the creation and/or consolidation of
multistakeholder, national Internet Governance structures in Africa and
Asia. To achieve this, the IGF Academy will bring together eight national
champions from four African countries (Namibia, South Africa, Congo
Brazzaville, Togo) and eight national champions from four Asian countries
(Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh).
The IGF Academy Fellowships

The fellowship will provide experienced individuals with the opportunity to:

- receive mentoring from internationally renowned Internet governance

- deepen their understanding of Internet governance issues and processes

- expand their networks nationally, regionally and globally

- develop a strategic roadmap to strengthen existing or initiate inclusive
national Internet Governance processes in their countries

- peer learning with experts from their country, their region and

- participate in a regional training event

- participate in a training event at the global IGF

- participate in the global UN IGF 2016 in Guadalajara

- be part of a (cross)regional and UN global dialogue on freedom of
expression and information preparing for the UN Internet Governance Forum

Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive process. Applications
will be accepted until the 12th of June 2016, 22:00 GMT.

We encourage you to apply and forward the information about this programme
to individuals who have a passion for freedom of expression and a broad
understanding of a multistakeholder dialogue.

The fellowship period runs from June – December 2016.

Successful applicants will receive assistance and funding for travel,
accommodation and meals to attend:

> One training event in their region (3 days), dates and location to be

> The UN Internet Governance Forum, Guadalajara, Mexico and a one-day
pre-IGF workshop, December 4- 10 2016
Criteria for selection

Selection for the Fellowship is competitive. The selected candidates must
provide a clear motivation for participating in the academy, including
demonstrating a strong sense of what they intend to accomplish, how
Internet Governance may help to foster freedom of expression in the long
term in their home country and how they intend to apply the regional and
global experiences from the trainings and the global UN IGF in their own
national project.

Two fellows per country will be selected, one of them experienced in the
human rights field, the other with experience in Internet governance

In order to qualify applicants must be based in one of these countries:
Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Togo, South Africa, Myanmar, Sri Lanka,
Bhutan, Bangladesh

and be able to demonstrate that they

> are proficient in English (oral and written)

> are committed to the use of the Internet as a driver for development,
democracy and human rights and Internet governance

> are self-motivated and able to work independently

> have fundraising and resource mobilisation skills at a national level

> have the capacity to build networks and to convene stakeholders from a
variety of sectors

Depending on their profile (freedom of expression / Internet governance),
candidates must have a proven track-record in human rights work (especially
freedom of expression) at a national level Internet governance and/or
public policy, especially in national regulatory ICT processes
The Application

Qualified applicants are requested to express their interest by filling the

*Only fully completed applications will be considered.*

*Your personal data will be transmitted using SSL encryption

In case you have further questions regarding the application process,
please contact us by email at igf-academy [at] iRights [dot] info.
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