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2024 ECOWAS School of Internet Fellowship | How To Apply

The ECOWAS School of Internet Fellowship is structured as a three (3) day intensive learning program intended to introduce participants to Internet governance (IG) from the global and West African perspectives.

Certificates will be issued to participants who complete the training. The fellowship will also involve fireside discussions with experts in the field and participation in the virtual training platform. 

In this post, we will provide the details, eligibility requirements, benefits, duration, and the application process for the fellowship program in simplified terms.

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ECOWAS School of Internet Fellowship Summary

  • Host: ECOWAS 
  • Category: Training | Fellowships
  • Eligible Countries: All West African Countries 
  • Reward: Training | Networking | Certification 
  • Deadline: May 15, 2024
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ECOWAS School of Internet Fellowship Details:

The ECOWAS Commission, serving as the Secretariat for the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) , in collaboration with the Government of Senegal, is planning to host the 16th edition edition of the WAIGF from 11 to 12 July, 2024 .

Preceding the WAIGF, the 7th West African School on Internet Governance (WASIG) is scheduled to take place online from May 20 to June 20, 2024, followed by an in-person session in Dakar, Senegal from 07 to 10 July 2024.

Stakeholders from West Africa, Women, and youth are particularly encouraged to apply. Spaces are limited. 

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ECOWAS School of Internet Fellowship Requirements:

Applicants for the ECOWAS School of Internet  Governance Fellowship should meet the following criteria;

  • Stakeholders from West Africa are invited to apply. Prospective candidates should ideally be involved as key actors or decision-makers in Internet governance or ICT policy processes.
  • They should also be able to contribute now or soon to IG activities or/and processes within their institutions, countries, continent and globally.
  • Candidates should be from all stakeholder groups including:
  • Youth and Women groups
  • Civil society
  • Private Sector
  • Media
  • Government offices and Regulatory agencies
  • Security and Defence forces
  • Academia and technical community
  • Archives, Libraries, and Documentation centers
  • Parliament
  • West African regional institutions, etc

Women and youth are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ECOWAS School of Internet Fellowship Benefits

  • Certificates will be issued to participants who successfully complete the training. 
  • The program is designed as a one-month certified online course followed by a three-day intensive learning session in Dakar, Senegal.

  • It aims to introduce participants to Internet governance from both a global and West African perspective.

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  • The format features fireside chats with experts in the field and opportunities for participation in the West Africa Youth IGF and WAIGF in Senegal. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive certificates.

  • The key areas covered by the program include:

    • Evolution of the Internet and history of IG
    • Mapping of IG processes and actors
    • Classifications of GI issues (infrastructure, legal, economic and development) from African contexts
    • In-depth analysis of opportunities and challenges of emerging issues (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Digital economy, Human rights)
    • A digital policy practice

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How To Apply for ECOWAS School of Internet Governance Fellowship 2024 (Step-by-Step Process)

To apply for the ECOWAS School of Internet Governance Fellowship, interested and qualified applicants should

  • Apply using the link below.
  • Candidates are kindly requested to complete the online form and submit it by May 15, 2024.
  • For further information on WAIGF and WASIG, please visit the website – “www.waigf.org.

Deadline: May 15, 2024

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