Friday, August 19, 2016

Google Fellowship Program

Opportunity: Google Public Policy Fellowship
Duration: 3 months (Mid -September 2016 – Mid December 2016)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Host: The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) based at Strathmore University.

Apply by: 31 August 2016
The Google Fellowship program overview  
The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend time contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, free expression and more.
Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations and will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of their fellowship. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including conducting policy research and analysis, drafting reports and white papers, attending government and industry meetings and conferences, and participating in other advocacy activities. Specifically for this fellowship, we are looking for an individual with knowledge on Kenya’s changing ICT policy landscape to work on a range of interrelated topics.
More about the 2016 Google Fellowship program is available here.
The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) is an evidence-based research and training centre based at Strathmore University Law School, Nairobi, Kenya. Our Mission is to study, create, and share knowledge on the development of intellectual property and information technology, especially as they contribute to African Law and Human Rights.
Our team is multidisciplinary, drawn from law, political science, computer science and development while using diverse methodological approaches to inform debates on ICT applications and regulation.
More information about our work is available at
To apply for the position, click here

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Nominations open for Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2016

Nominations are now open for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2016, which will recognise youth workers who utilise sport and arts programmes to engage and empower young people across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards celebrate the positive impact of youth workers on young people’s lives, their communities and their societies. Youth workers can be found in a broad range of civil society and voluntary organisations as well as government ministries and youth departments.

Past awardees have worked with at-risk youth, in grassroots organisations, civil society organisations, in schools and youth clubs and also in senior levels of government.
The awards scheme was launched in 2013 as part of Commonwealth Youth Work Week, an annual initiative by the Commonwealth Secretariat that highlights the contribution and achievements of youth work, youth workers, and youth organisations throughout the 53 Commonwealth member countries.

The theme for Commonwealth Youth Work Week 2016 is ‘Empowering young people through sport and arts’, acknowledging the intentional use by youth workers of sport, and creative and innovative techniques, to deliver effective youth empowerment programmes. As young people participate in these programmes, they build personal, social and intellectual capacities that enhance their contribution in the home, school, community, country and the wider world.

The nominations period will close on 31 August 2016, after which finalists will be shortlisted from each Commonwealth region - Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe, and the Pacific – with Youth Worker of the Year named for each region.
As part of an awards ceremony in London on 10 November 2016, the overall Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year, drawn from the regional winners, will be named. The 2015 Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year was Victor Ochen of Uganda, founder of the African Youth Initiative Network and a former Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

If you know a youth worker who is doing great work using sport or the arts, then nominate them by completing the official form, available at

Nominations will be assessed according to:
  • Impact on young people’s lives - evidence of how the youth worker has made an impact on the lives of young people
  • Impact on the wider community - the impact the youth worker’s intervention had on the community and families
  • Quality of their interventions - evidence of the use of youth work principles, methods and sustainable approaches
  • Innovation and learning – evidence of creativity in overcoming the challenges of delivery and in application of youth work theory

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Civil Society Leadership Awards

The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully funded master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities.

CSLA directly assists future leaders in countries where civil society is challenged by a deficit of democratic practice in local governance and social development.
Awards are available for master’s degree study in the following fields at host universities across the world:
  • communications and media
  • culture, history, and society
  • development studies
  • economics
  • education management and leadership
  • environment and natural resource management
  • human rights and/or gender studies
  • law (including human rights law)
  • politics and international studies
  • public health policy and health management
  • public policy and administration
  • social work and social policy
Please see the complete guidelines for a full list of partnering host universities eligible for CSLA awards.
Eligibility Criteria
CSLA does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.  
The awards are available to citizens of the following countries:  
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Cambodia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Myanmar/Burma
  • Republic of Congo
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • be a citizen of an eligible country
  • demonstrate maturity, flexibility, and civil society leadership potential
  • have excellent academic records and an earned bachelor’s degree before applying
  • have proficiency in the language of instruction (English, German, or French) at a level required for admission by partner universities, as evidenced by standardized language test scores
  • be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in July or August 2017 and start their degree program in August or September 2017
  • be able to receive and maintain a visa or study permit as required by the host country
  • demonstrate a clear commitment to return to their home country or region to continue supporting open society development
Ineligibility Criteria
CSLA does not support:
  • fields of study not listed above
  • applicants from any country not listed above
  • study in foreign language teaching, business administration or management, physical sciences, engineering, or medical sciences
  • dependent family members
  • those receiving individual grants from CSLA-affiliated entities during the fellowship period
  • applicants who are employees of CSLA-affiliated entities directly involved in the administration of scholarship programs
Purpose and Priorities
Competition for the Civil Society Leadership Awards is open and merit-based. Selection is based on an applicant’s fit with the program’s objectives as well the graduate admissions criteria of the participating universities. Academic excellence, professional aptitude, leadership potential in the field of specialization, proven commitment to open society values, and appropriate language proficiency are all important factors in evaluation.
All eligible applicants will be reviewed by an international selection committee. The proposed field of study should be logical for the goals expressed in the essays, and the application itself should be organized and complete. Compelling candidates will be interviewed by a selection committee comprised of university representatives, CSLA staff, and partner organization representatives, such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Interested applicants must complete and submit an online or paper CSLA application in English to be considered for CSLA support. Please note that some universities require a separate application for graduate study at that institution. In these cases, Open Society will notify candidates and assist with the university application process.
Online Application
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the CSLA scholarship online. Please register and then follow the instructions.
Paper Application
The application and reference forms can be found in the Download Files section of this page. Please download the application form before completing or printing.
Electronic applications and all supporting materials should be submitted to by September 15, 2016. More instructions on how to submit the application and references are included in the complete guidelines and frequently asked questions. Please submit any queries using the inquiry form.