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Apply for the Google Policy Fellowship in Africa


Theo Bertram, Senior Manager, Public Policy EMEA has sent a call for applications from undergraduates, graduates and law students interested in internet and technology policy to participate in the Google Policy Fellowship.

Fellows will work with host organisations who deal with issues such as broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, free expression and more. See the host organisations here.

“The work of the fellows is decided between the individuals and the organizations. Google provides a small stipend during the period of the fellowship, but has no involvement in defining or conducting the research. Typically, the fellows are postgraduates and they work with the organization on an area of research or study.” – Theo Bertram

Who should apply?

We’re looking for students who are passionate about technology, and want to spend the summer diving headfirst into Internet policy. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment

Fellows will receive a stipend of USD 7,500 in 2017.

About the Africa program

Google will offer 8 fellowships starting from late August 2017, across Sub-Saharan Africa. The program will run for 6 to 12 months, with exact duration varying by organization. Detailed job descriptions can be viewed here. To apply, please complete the form at 2017 Africa Google Policy Fellowship Application. Deadline for applications is August 5, 2017.

Beneath is a list of organization and locations for the fellowships.

“The Google Policy Fellowship allowed me to explore my interests and exercise my studies while working directly with dynamic leaders shaping the policy space. The programming offered by Google not only informed me of the major debates in technology policy, it also exposed me to a phenomenal network of host organizations in Washington and around the globe. I encourage you to seize this opportunity, and build your insight, experience, and network.”
—Marco De Leon (USHCC)



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