At a Glance

Current Status:

Applications Open:
22 March 2021

Applications Due:
14 April 2021

July 2021 Fellows


Eligibility & Requirements


Early Career Fellowship

The Internet is a resource of possibility and opportunity that has transformed our lives for the better. It’s where we collaborate, share ideas, and strengthen bonds. It’s where we work, learn, communicate, and innovate.

The Internet has flourished and evolved because of it’s underpinning ethos; open architecture and culture of collaboration for the collective good.

Increasingly, there are challenges around the world to the Internet’s fundamental principles. To help address these challenges, our Early Career Fellowship is designed to empower a new, diverse generation of Internet champions who will bridge the gap between technology and policy, and become advocates for the open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy Internet.

Fellows will have access to some of the Internet luminaries, today’s leading thinkers and organizations, while getting direct support to nurture their professional growth.

As a Fellow, you’ll learn leadership, communications, and advocacy and project management skills – empowering you to bring your ideas to life.

You can shape the Internet’s future through this extraordinary professional opportunity.

About the Program

The Early Career Fellowship offers unparalleled access to world-class experts, including American University’s Professor Dr. Laura DeNardis and eminent scholars from the Oxford Internet Institute, as well as project management, advocacy and diplomacy know-how that will provide the foundation for the Fellows to become the future champions of the Internet.

A cohort of 15 Fellows is selected twice a year to participate in the 24-week program. Fellows will be able to develop their knowledge and skills through seminars, events, courses, discussion sessions and project work. They will also have networking, mentoring, and collaboration opportunities. The program culminates in a final project presentation by each fellow at a closing symposium.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

Candidates must be early career professionals working in the Internet ecosystem in a technical, policy, economic, or social capacity who have initiated or are interested in projects designed to grow and/or strengthen the Internet.

Candidates with the following are welcome to apply:

  • An undergraduate/vocational degree and at least two years of work experience in an Internet-related field; OR at least four years of working experience in an Internet-related field;
  • An exciting project proposal for growing and/or strengthening the Internet;
  • Reliable access to broadband Internet connection and relevant device;
  • Availability to fully participate in the 24-week experience;
  • Proficiency in verbal and written English.

To apply, applicants must:

  • Commit a minimum of six hours per week for coursework, seminars, individual project work, and other program activities;
  • Complete the required 24 weeks;
  • Attend all required seminars or sessions and manage time zone differences;
  • Become Internet Society members.

How to Become a Fellow

1. Review the full requirements and eligibility to ensure that you are a good fit for this program.

2. Become Internet Society member.

3. Submit online application form.

The Early Career Fellowship is only available to Internet Society members. Not a member yet? Take just a few minutes to become a member.

After becoming a member of the Internet Society, candidates must complete the Online Application Form.

Candidates are reviewed confidentially through a multi-step evaluation process by the selection committee. The committee attempts to achieve professional, geographical, and gender diversity in the overall selection.

Interested in applying for a fellowship? Watch the recording of the webinar to learn more!

Key Dates

July 2021 Cohort

9-22 March 2021

Review Fellowship Eligibility and Requirements

22 March 2021

Application submissions open

14 April 2021

Application submissions close

Week of 14 June 2021

Fellows selected and notified

Week of 21 June 2021

Program registration period

February 2022 Cohort

September 2021

Fellowship webinar for interested candidates

Early October 2021

Application submissions open

Late October 2021

Application submissions close

January 2022

Cohort kick off

Program Sponsors

Would you like to become a sponsor of the Early Career Fellowship? Let’s discuss!

Disclaimer: The Internet Society reserves the sole right to decide if an applicant proposal meets the eligibility requirements.

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