Internet Society’s 2018 Youth@IGF program (Fully Funded Internet Governance Forum 2018 in Paris, France).

Application Deadline: July 22, 2018.

If you’re 18-25 and meet the following criteria, please apply to be a part of the 2018 Youth@IGF program and build your dream Internet.

This is part of the Internet Society and partners’ commitment to ensure that the next generation of Internet leaders are primed to advance an Internet of opportunity for all. As a result of these efforts, many young people are now contributing to the Youth Special Interest Group and to regional meetings, such as the African Internet Summit, EuroDIG, and others. Also, some of the Youth@IGF Fellows have created Civil Society Organizations, such as Digital Grassroots.

This time, we are sending even more young people to the IGF through the 2018 Youth@IGF program. Concretely, the top performers will have a chance to go to the Internet Governance Forum 2018 in Paris, France, in Paris the week of 12 November, as well as to be part of an Onsite Collaborative Leadership Exchange on November 11.

Program Design

The program has the following phases:

  1. Online course work
  2. Travel fellowship to IGF 2018
  3. Webinar lecture series
  4. Onsite Collaborative Leadership Exchange

Online Course

We first select the best candidates for the online course.

The course will take 4 weeks to complete and include the following topics:

  • Introduction to Internet Governance
  • Internet Actors and Stakeholder Groups
  • Internet Infrastructure, Standards, and Protocols
  • Internet Policy Principles

Selected participants will be grouped into classes, each with a dedicated expert moderator to facilitate the learning process. Classes will be delivered in English, French and Spanish.

Travel Fellowship

Top participants in the online course will be selected for the travel fellowship to the Internet Governance Forum 2018 in Paris, France, 10-14 November (including some pre-IGF events).

To be a top participant, you must show leadership, commitment and dedication, and have minimum of 90% participation rate on the online courses.

The fellowship includes:

  • Airfare costs
  • Hotel accommodation during the event.

If chosen, you must submit verification of passport and the visa (if necessary).

Webinar Lecture Series

All travel fellows will then be invited to participate in Webinar Discussion Series led by global Internet Governance experts to deepen their knowledge and to prepare them for the IGF.

Onsite Collaborative Leadership Exchange

The Youth Fellows will participate to an Onsite Collaborative Leadership Exchangemeeting held one day before the IGF in Paris where they will meet Internet Society Ambassadors to IGF, Youth Fellows from other programs, and IGF attendees more generally.

Selection Criteria

All applicants must be ISOC members* between the ages of 18-25 years.

Also, they must have:

  • Basic awareness of Internet-related issues
  • Fluency in English, French or Spanish
  • Be able to write clearly
  • Be comfortable with public speaking and communicating your positions
  • Have regular access to the Internet
  • Alignment with the Internet Society mission and vision
  • Spend a minimum of 8 hours each week during each of the phases
  • Be ready take part in the meetings or webinars (this is the single most important requirement and should be evaluated seriously by any potential applicant).

Ready to join the Youth@IGF program?

Applications will be accepted from July 2 until July 22, 2018.

For more information, please visit the official website of the Internet Society’s 2018 Youth@IGF program 

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