Internet Society Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

The Internet Society Fellowship to the IETF is available to technology professionals, advanced IT students, and other qualified individuals from developing and emerging economies.

Fellows to the IETF attend an IETF meeting where they are paired with an experienced mentor and expected to be able to make a positive contribution to IETF work.

The Fellowship to the IETF helps to increase the diversity of inputs to, and global awareness of the IETF’s vital work. Fellows also participate in the development of internet standards and best practices and make valuable connections with global peers with similar interests.

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Knight International Journalism Fellowships

The Knight International Journalism Fellowships help to create news outlets and programming, training centres and schools, and innovative resources to improve the quality and free flow of news in the public interest around the world. Knight International Journalism Fellows work with local partner organizations to make lasting, visible changes that improve the quality and free flow of news in the public interest around the world.

Fellows have established media training centers, journalism associations, academic programs, citizen journalism networks, and units of investigative reporters. They have created mobile news services and online databases to track corruption. They have developed topical journalism manuals and curricula in more than a dozen languages. With the help of our fellows, local journalists have improved environmental, business and health coverage, and uncovered corruption and mismanagement, improving living conditions in their societies. Each project is designed to ensure that the impacts and achievements last beyond the fellowship.

Candidates who wish to propose a project and become a Knight International Journalism Fellow should submit a proposal and a fellowship application. If the idea is selected, The Knights Fellowship Programme will recruit the candidate and support a journalist or media manager to work on a fellowship project for at least a year. Candidates may also send in a proposal for a project they would like to run as a Knight fellow. Successful proposals will outline a very specific idea and the lasting, visible results that will be achieved at the end of the fellowship.

Deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Program

The East Africa Fellows Program is designed to develop the Fellows’ leadership skills and strengthen the project that they are driving. The year long program is comprised of five multiday seminars – including one regional trip – and culminates in an innovation conference. The seminars will give Fellows access to world-class speakers, trainers, and mentors.

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2012 Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo fellowship

The ASO Fellowship is now open for applications for the year 2012. The fellowship offers an amount of around US$ 10,000 to fund research.

This fund research should be in one of the following priority topics:

  • Understanding status of and threats to genetic resources of priority forest tree species
  • Methods and approaches for conserving genetic resources of important tree species
  • The research outputs of the award winner’s research will contribute to Biodiversity International’s Forest Genetic Resources programme as well as the CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agro forestry

Applicants eligible to apply must:

  • Be a citizen of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be a scientist attached to a national university, research institution or a research-oriented NGO
  • Be under 40 years of age
  • Have at least a Master’s degree, or equivalent, in a field of study relevant to forest genetic resources

Deadline: 1st July, 2012

For further information, read the Call for Applications

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The Fledgling Fund

The Fledgling Fund supports innovative media projects that can play critical roles in igniting social change. Film and other creative media can bear witness to the challenges faced by vulnerable individuals, families and communities in ways that statistics can not, and that it can create a broader understanding of social problems and inspire concrete action. Well-structured and creative audience engagement initiatives can leverage media’s ability to ignite social change by moving people from awareness to action. The Fledgling Fund strives for a portfolio of media projects that:

  • Support projects that are timely, tell compelling and important stories, represent a unique perspective or an intriguing solution to an entrenched social problem, and have strong potential as a vehicle for social change.
  • Demonstrate how films coupled with well-structured and measurable outreach and audience engagement campaigns can raise awareness about complex social issues, encourage dialogue, share possible solutions, and move people to action.
  • Encourage the innovative use of media, such as Web 2.0 strategies, and short form videos, to engage new audiences around important social issues.

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INK Fellows program

The INK Fellows program mobilizes young innovators and changemakers from emerging economies to bring their ideas and passion to the INK Community. INK Fellows are budding luminaries in their respective fields, inspirational role models and the architects of tomorrow. Fellows may be entrepreneurs, artists, social advocates, critical thinkers or, innovative changemakers from any field.

Fellows are selected because they are young people who have already proven their potential to be the gamechangers of their industries. INK seeks out these young revolutionaries, brings them together in a supportive peer group, and provides exposure to accelerate the ability of the Fellows to impact society.

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Internet Society Ambassadors to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

The Internet Society is inviting applications for the 2012 Internet Society Ambassadors to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

As part of the Internet Society’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) programme, the Ambassadorships to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) are available to Internet Society members between the ages of 20 and 40.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. It brings together government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders, including the technical and academic community, on an equal basis and through an open and inclusive process. The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.

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