Call for expressions of interest for a fellowship at the IGF Secretariat

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The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has a fellowship programme aimed to provide those with a strong interest in Internet governance with an opportunity to work at the IGF Secretariat, in Geneva, for six months (with a possibility of extension to nine months). This programme is meant to contribute to capacity building in developing countries, as the fellows gain experience in the policy and debate related to Internet governance. Nominations for the fellowship are accepted through national and regional IGF initiatives, and preference is given to nominees from least developed countries, developing countries and transitional economies.

The IGF Secretariat has invited SEEDIG, as a newly formed IGF initiative, to nominate a number of candidates from South Eastern Europe for such a fellowship. Nominations submitted through SEEDIG will be kept on a roster and the IGF Secretariat will only contact those that are shortlisted in a particular cycle.

In order to respond to this invitation, SEEDIG’s executive committee has put in place a process consisting in:

  • a public call for expressions of interest;
  • a selection process aimed to identify the most suitable candidates to be recommended to the IGF Secretariat as SEEDIG’s nominations. During the selection process, weight would be given to both the background of the candidates and their motivations.
  • submission of the nominations to the IGF Secretariat.

Call for expressions of interest

Stakeholders from South Eastern Europe who have a strong interest in Internet governance and would like to be considered for a fellowship at the IGF Secretariat are invited to submit their expressions of interest to

Submissions should include a CV, a letter of interest, and the name and contact details of two reference persons. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The deadline for submissions (7 June 2015) has passed.

Requirements and/or conditions applicable to IGF fellows

  • Nominated fellows must be able to demonstrate that they have a strong interest in Internet governance related issues. They must also be fluent in English (a general knowledge of French or another UN language is desirable).
  • Selected fellows commit to return to their home countries at the end of the fellowship, and to use the knowledge acquired during the fellowship to engage in Internet governance processes at a national level;
  • The fellowship is offered for a period of six months. This can be extended to nine months, on the basis of the Secretariat's needs and the fellow's activity.
  • During the tenure of the fellowship, the fellows will be paid specific allowances. These allowances are intended to cover only the normal expenses which the fellow will incur outside his/her home country and are not a substitute for any salary the fellow may be earning. The United Nations will also arrange for all travel connected with the fellowship (from and to the home country and the beginning and end of the fellowship).
  • Fellows cannot hold dual citizenship.