Global Network Initiative Emerging Voices Fellowship Program: Apply by Dec 30

About the Opportunity

GNI or Global Network Initiative warmly welcomes applications for the next one-year GNI Emerging Voices Fellowship Program. The fellowship program seeks to further online freedom of expression and privacy around the world by facilitating collaboration and conversation among diverse stakeholders.

About GNI

The Global Network Initiative is a non-governmental organization with the dual goals of preventing Internet censorship by authoritarian governments and protecting the Internet privacy rights of individuals. It is sponsored by a coalition of multinational corporations, non-profit organizations, and universities.

The Fellowship

Fellows will work with GNI’s diverse membership, including information and communications technology (ICT) companies and human rights and press freedom non-governmental organizations to foster shared learning, advocacy, and contribute their own experience to GNI’s unique multistakeholder platform.

The Project

The Sustaining Multistakeholder Networks for Internet Freedom (SuNI) project aims to protect and advance online freedom of expression and privacy by establishing and enhancing connections between civil society and ICT companies. The goal is to improve civil society’s ability to advocate directly with large technology companies in order to improve those companies’ policies, as well as to foster greater coordination and collaboration between civil society and ICT companies on shared priorities.

The current and previous iterations of the project build upon GNI’s multistakeholder model and convening structures to foster collaborative advocacy between companies and civil society in support of laws and policies that protect and enhance freedom of expression and privacy.

Who can Apply

The applying candidate must:

  • Be based in Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, or sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Have demonstrated experience or interest and aptitude for working on freedom of expression and privacy issues in the ICT sector.
  • Have the ability to attend three in-person meetings (health and travel restrictions permitting) and one remote (call-in) event, as well as preparation calls.
  • Have the willingness to designate one member of the applying organization to be the main point of contact for this fellowship.

Preferred Requirements

In addition to the aforementioned required qualifications, applicants with experience in one or more of GNI’s four policy priorities should strongly consider applying, these are:

  • Network disruptions
  • Intermediary liability
  • Surveillance
  • Jurisdictional assertions and limits

Details of the Fellowship

  • Three one-year fellowship grants of $10,000 USD (7,36,089.00 Indian Rupee) each will be awarded to organizations based in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Fellowships include funding to participate in four GNI Board meetings and networking events and engage in GNI activities, including but not limited to: policy and learning calls on digital rights issues, development of policy analysis papers, and attendance at regional multistakeholder meetings.


5pm ET /10pm UTC on December 30, 2020 (3:30 am Friday, Indian Standard Time (IST))

Click here to apply for the fellowship.


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