By Abass Alzanjne
The Internet, an unparalleled force of connectivity and innovation, has reshaped the fabric of our existence. It’s not just a digital realm; it’s where possibilities flourish, ideas converge, and global collaboration thrives. However, as the Internet faces unprecedented challenges, there arises a need for a new wave of champions to safeguard its fundamental principles.
In response to this call and in support of this idea, the Internet Society, which encourages the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society, offers the Early Career Fellowship 2024 Program as a compass for emerging Internet professionals.
The Early Career Fellowship emerges as a beacon for early-career professionals in the Internet ecosystem. This unique opportunity is designed to bridge the gap between technology and policy, nurturing advocates for an open, globally connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet. As a fellow, you’re not just a participant; you’re an architect of the Internet’s future.
Unparalleled Learning Experience
This fellowship offers an immersive 5-month journey, providing access to luminaries in the Internet domain, including thought leaders like Professor Dr. Laura DeNardis and scholars from the prestigious Oxford Internet Institute. Fellows delve into leadership, communications, and advocacy skills, gaining the expertise needed to shape the Internet’s destiny.
A cohort of 15 fellows is carefully selected each year, ensuring diversity in perspectives and backgrounds. The program encompasses seminars, events, courses, and project work, fostering both personal and professional growth. Fellows benefit from networking, mentoring, and collaboration opportunities, culminating in a final project presentation at a closing symposium.
Who Can Apply
This opportunity is for early-career professionals with less than ten years of experience in the Internet field. Whether your expertise lies in technology, policy, economics, or social aspects of the Internet, if you’re dedicated to its growth and security, you’re invited to apply. A compelling project proposal, reliable internet access, and proficiency in English are prerequisites.
The Path to Fellowship
Candidates commit to a minimum of six hours per week, actively engaging in coursework, seminars, project work, and other program activities. Successful applicants join the 5-month program, navigating the intricacies of Internet advocacy and leadership while managing time zone differences.
Apply Today for Tomorrow’s Internet
The application process kicks off on January 17, 2024, and closes on February 7, 2024. Fellows for the 2024 cohort will be selected by the end of March, marking the beginning of a transformative journey. If you’re ready to shape the Internet’s future, the time to apply is now. Become a fellow and be at the forefront of Internet excellence.
Key Dates for 2024 Cohort
- January 17, 2024: Application submissions open
- February 7, 2024: Application submissions close
- End of March 2024: Fellows selection
- Beginning of April 2024: Cohort kick-off.
Don’t miss this chance to be a catalyst for positive change in the digital landscape. Apply today and become a trailblazer in the realm of Internet excellence!