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CIPESA-ICT4Democracy Academia Fellowship Programme for University Students’ and Early Career Academics 2018

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has opened application for its media and academic fellowship programmes for African journalists (Round 2).

Application Deadlines: See below

Offered Annually? Yes

About the Award: The CIPESA-ICT4Democracy Fellowship (Academia) aims to nurture university students’ and early career academics’ understanding of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for governance, human rights and development.

By engaging members of the academic community, the programme benefits partners of the ICT4Democracy in East Africa network through placements of individuals with skills in fields such as ICT, mass communication, and informatics, within the partner organisations.

Ultimately, the programme aims to grow links between the academic community and practitioners in the ICT field for mutual research, learning and knowledge exchange, so as to create the next generation of ICT for democracy and ICT for human rights champions and researchers.

Fellows will provide skills in their field of competence to enhance the work of ICT4Democracy in East Africa Network partner organisations. During the subsistence of the fellowship, the fellow will be expected to produce outputs, such as blog posts, commentaries, briefs, curriculums, multimedia content, and journal articles, as will be agreed in advance of the start of the fellowship. The skills of the fellow will guide the role assigned to them.

Type: Fellowship (Academic)


  • Applicants should be university students or early career academics.
  • While there are no limitations on where the university is located, it is preferred that the students be from African universities.
  • Applicants should have competence in areas that are relevant to the work of ICT4Democracy in East Africa partners, which may include ICT4D, Computer Science, Journalism, Informatics, Gender Equality, Development Studies, Human Rights and Governance.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The fellows shall be given a monthly stipend to cater for their expenses during the duration of the fellowship. The amount may vary depending on location, outputs and on the qualifications of the fellow.

Timeline of Program:  The fellowship shall last for up to three months but can in some circumstances be shorter.

Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis as per the below dates:

Fellowship roundApplication deadline
May – JulyApril 1st
August – OctoberJuly 1st
November – JanuarySeptember 1st
February – AprilJanuary 1st

How to Apply: To apply, email [email protected] with subject line stating Application for Academia Fellowship. Submissions should include:

  1. Your CV
  2. A statement of interest that mentions the areas of competence that you wish to contribute to the fellowship programme, a suggestion of which partner organisation you wish to be attached to, the duration for which you wish to have the fellowship, the proposed outputs from your involvement in the programme and breakdown of expenses. The statement of interest should not exceed 3 pages.
  3. Copy of transcript or letter confirming university affiliation.
  4. Two samples of your writing.
  5. Two reference letters.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: CIPESA

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