March 16, 2018

SEEDIG 2018 Fellowship Programme

The SEEDIG Fellowship Programme is aimed at contributing to achieving the initiative’s overall objectives. In particular, the programme is intended to:

  • Support SEEDIG’s efforts to develop the capacity of regional stakeholders to actively participate in national, regional, and international Internet governance processes.
  • Diversify and consolidate the SEEDIG community, by giving more individuals from the region the possibility to attend the annual meeting and to get involved in intersessional activities.

Outcome | Programme | Participants | Organising team | Call for applications



During their unconference session, fellows chose several topics for discussions: cybersecurity, privacy and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), freedom of expression and hate speech, the Internet of Things, digital literacy, and artificial intelligence. Their discussions resulted in several key messages.



SEEDIG Fellowship Programme Session | 22 May 2018


09:00 – 10:30


Introductions & Setting the scene

Joint session with the Youth School

  • Welcome & introductions from SEEDIG core team
  • Students and fellows introductions
  • Overview of the day and the overall SEEDIG meeting


10:30 – 12:00

Overview of roles & Pro/con debates

  1. Overview of roles: rapporteurs and online moderators
    Guidelines for fellows acting as session rapporteurs and online moderators.
  2. Pro/con debates on Internet governance issues


13:00 – 16:00


An open space mini-conference driven by fellows.


16:00 – 17:30

Internet governance under the magnifying glass

Joint session with the Youth School & SEEDIG newcomers

  • Internet governance: why, what, how?
  • Key organisations and processes in the Internet governance ecosystem
  • Debate

In addition to the dedicated session on 22 May, the SEEDIG Fellowship Programme also involves full participation in the SEEDIG meeting on 23–24 May.



The following individuals were part of the second edition of the SEEDIG Fellowship Programme:

  • Aleksandrina Banusheva, Tool Domains ltd., Technical community, Bulgaria
  • Maja Ćalović, Mediacentar Sarajevo, Civil society, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Natalia Filina, EURALO Individual’s Association, Private sector, Russian Federation
  • Andrijana Gavrilović, DiploFoundation, Civil society, Serbia
  • Kristina Hakobyan, Global AM LLC, Private sector, Armenia
  • Sergo Karakozov, ITDC, Private sector, Georgia
  • Tetiana Kyryliuk, The Influencer Platform, Civil society, Ukraine
  • Nika Mahnič, University of London, Civil society, Slovenia
  • Sidorela Mema, Albanian Electricity Distribution, Private sector, Albania
  • Dajana Mulaj, Digital Grassroots, Civil society, Albania
  • Ioana Stupariu, Central European University, Academia, Romania
  • Oliana Sula, University “Aleksander Mosiu” Durres, Academia, Albania
  • Predrag Tasevski, IGF MKD, Civil society, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Cătălin Vrabie, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Academia, Romania


Organising team


Call for applications (17 March – 2 April 2018)

The SEEDIG Fellowship Programme is one of SEEDIG’s capacity development initiatives.


What do we offer?

Selected fellows will be part of a dedicated programme that will start before the SEEDIG 2018 meeting and will continue long after. This programme will include:

  • Online preparatory meetings, to introduce fellows to SEEDIG, Internet governance, digital policy, etc.
  • A half-day or full-day dedicated event, in situ, on 22 May.
  • Active participation in the SEEDIG 2018 meeting and SEEDIG intersessional activities.


SEEDIG will be able to offer financial support to a limited number of selected fellows. This support could cover travel expenses (to and from Ljubljana) 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.


What do we expect?

Fellows are expected to engage prior to, during, and after the SEEDIG meeting with the Fellowship Programme coordinators, their selected peers, and any mentors they might be assigned with, as well as to actively contribute to SEEDIG activities. More specifically, fellows will be asked to:

  • Attend and actively participate in online preparatory meetings.
  • Contribute to SEEDIG intersessional activities, both prior to and after the annual meeting.
  • Contribute to the planning process for the SEEDIG meeting, by acting as members of sessions organising teams.
  • Act as rapporteurs and/or online moderators for SEEDIG 2018 sessions.
  • Actively participate in other activities designed explicitly for fellows during the annual meeting.


Eligibility criteria

The Fellowship Programme is open to individuals from any stakeholder group: academia, civil society, governments, intergovernmental organisations, private sector, and technical community.

To be considered for the Fellowship Programme, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Is originally from, or resides in a country in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.
  • Demonstrates a strong interest in Internet governance and digital policy issues and processes.
  • Submits an expression of interest, via the form indicated below.


Please note that the entire meeting will be held in English, with no interpretation in any languages. Therefore, applicants should have a good command of English.


Review and selection

Submitted applications are reviewed by the SEEDIG Executive Committee. Input might also be provided by SEEDIG supporting organisations.

The selection of applicants to be granted with the fellowship will be made on the basis of the submitted expressions of interest, and taking into account the need to achieve a diversity of participants, in terms of:

  • geographical representation;
  • stakeholder group;
  • gender and age balance;
  • balance between newcomers and experienced individuals.


Preference may be given to applicants who require partial funding (i.e. a request to cover only the travel costs or the costs of accommodation) or no funding.


Travel and/or accommodation arrangements

Fellows selected for financial support will be contacted by the SEEDIG Executive Committee with further details concerning travel and accommodation arrangements.

Fellows granted with financial support for travel costs will be required to make their own travel arrangements. The travel costs will then be reimbursed in Ljubljana, in cash, on the basis of relevant documents submitted in advance (invoices, travel itineraries, etc.). More details will be provided by the Executive Committee.

Due to limited availability of funds, applicants are strongly encouraged to look for alternative funding sources. SEEDIG can support fellows in such efforts, for example by writing a letter explaining the programme. If you require such a letter, please send us an e-mail.