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Africa Digital Policy Project Call for Fellowships + Expressions of Interest to Collaborate 2018


Do you believe in working towards  an Internet that is free (based on and supportive of human rights), trusted (based on sound cybersecurity measures), and innovative (based on enabling policy environments)? Join or play a role in RIA’s new Africa Digital Policy Project!

Application Deadline: 28th June 2018

Eligible Countries: African countries

To Be Taken At (Country): Cape Town, South Africa

About the Award: RIA’s Africa Digital Policy Project invites applications for fellowships of three or six months in digital policy. The Project will focus more specifically on an inspiring array of themes related to cybersecurity, Internet governance, data governance, privacy and other digital rights, content governance, innovation and/or microwork.

Type: Fellowship, Contest


  • Besides an interest in digital policy, you need to have or be studying towards a master’s degree or equivalent. Established scholars should have at least ten years’ research experience with a focus on innovation, telecommunications, media, communications, or Internet policy and regulation research.
  • For junior fellows, basic requirements include strong writing and language skills and competence in online research; extracting and summarising information from reports; and translating complex topics and jargon into more understandable formats.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: 

  • By joining RIA’s Project, you get to work on cutting-edge digital policy issues from a uniquely African perspective.
  • The organisers offer competitive research stipends in addition to invaluable interdisciplinary experience working with a bustling and diverse team on some of the most pressing issues facing not only our continent but the world.
  • While the organisers would prefer to welcome you to beautiful Cape Town, they will also consider applications from established scholars in the field who wish to work remotely. To encourage in-person mentorship opportunities, junior fellows will, however, have to work from our Cape Town office.

Duration of Programme: Fellowships are from three or six months

How to Apply: Applicants should submit, by 28 June 2018:

  • a CV of max two pages long plus list of publications,
  • the names of two references,
  • two recent writing examples (no older than one year) – one academic and one informal in style,and
  • a motivation/cover letter, including a research idea of relevance to cyber policy in Africa.Submit these to the Manager: RIA Africa Digital Policy Project ([email protected]) OR [email protected]

Visit the Programme Webpage for Details

Award Providers: ResearchICT Africa

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