Deadline: 30 April 2020
Open to: university students from, or residing in a country in South Eastern Europe and neighbouring area (SEE+)
Benefits: travel and accommodation expenses are covered
Applications are now open for the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) Youth School’s Class of 2020.
The SEEDIG Youth School is a capacity development initiative targeted at students originally from, or residing in a country in South-Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area. The purpose of the programme is to offer regional youth a space to learn, network, exchange ideas, and prepare to actively participate in SEEDIG and other Internet governance processes.
Another goal is to encourage more youth to become long-term contributing members of SEEDIG and broader Internet governance and digital policy processes.
What does the SEEDIG Youth School offer?
- Online preparatory meetings from May to August 2020.
During online courses and meetings, you will get to know your peers and learn the basics of Internet governance, digital policy, and related topics. If these terms sound vague or fancy, don’t worry! During the Youth School, together we will dissect the jargon and see what these concepts mean. As a participant and student, you will also learn more about SEEDIG and other Internet governance and digital policy processes across the region and the globe. Most importantly, you will become more equipped to meaningfully participate in initiatives such as Youth and national Internet Governance Forums (NRIs), SEEDIG, EuroDIG, and global IGF!
- A full-day event dedicated to you on 21 September 2020.
During this event, you will get to meet the core team and key community members of SEEDIG. You will also get a chance to explore in-depth at least one of the topics that will be discussed at SEEDIG 6 – at your choice. All this through lively debates, simulations and other exercises we will prepare for you.
The outcomes of your discussions, as Youth School 2020 students, will become your contributions to the annual SEEDIG meeting. So you will be all set to join discussions on regional and global digital policy!
- SEEDIG 6 from 22-23 September 2020.
You will be among many other actors – from SEE+ and beyond – who will share their views and experiences on various Internet-related topics at the two-day SEEDIG annual meeting (to be held in Chișinău, Moldova).
Once in the meeting, all you have to do is to raise your hand and make your point. No comment is silly, and no question is stupid.
- University students (undergraduate or master) originally from, or residing in a country in South-Eastern Europe and neighboring area (SEE+);
- Students are interested in issues such as privacy and freedom of expression online, digital literacy, the Internet of Things, and cybersecurity.
Please note that this is a regional programme and only applications from the designated region will be considered. For instance, the following countries/territories are at least occasionally represented in SEEDIG activities and can be considered part of SEE+: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Participation in the online component of the Youth School is free. For the in situ components of the programme, SEEDIG will offer financial support to a limited number of students among those selected for this phase. This support could cover travel expenses (to and from Moldova) and/or accommodation expenses, but will NOT include a stipend, reimbursements for visa fees, local transportation, or any other costs. Lunches, coffee breaks, and social events will be covered as part of the SEEDIG overall programme. Students granted financial support for travel costs will be required to make their travel arrangements. The travel costs will then be reimbursed in Moldova.
How to Apply?
For more information and to apply, please visit this website.