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Call for applications: Advanced courses in Internet governance

This week, DiploFoundation announced a new call for applications. The info is below, as well as at http://www.diplomacy.edu/blog/call-applications-advanced-courses-in...


Call for applications: Advanced courses in Internet governance

Diplo is pleased to announce a new call for applications for the following courses, which form part of the Advanced Phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme:


Topics: The seven courses offer in-depth (advanced) understanding on a wide range of topics. Click on each of the titles for a detailed description for each course. Only those courses with a minimum of 12 qualified applicants will be held.

Dates: The courses will take place from 11 June to 3 August 2012 and will be conducted entirely online.

Structure: Each advanced course is 8 weeks in duration, starting with an introductory week, followed by 6 weeks of intensive learning and knowledge sharing among participants. The courses end with a narrative exam given to assess the level of understanding of issues covered. The courses take place in a web-based virtual classroom with Web 2.0 interaction tools (hypertext discussion tool, forums, message boards, real-time discussions, etc), allowing participants to complete most course activities whenever convenient within a given weekly schedule. The courses are based on studying and discussing textual materials under the guidance of experienced certified tutors and with the support of experts from various institutions. Successful students will be awarded a DiploFoundation certificate.

Requirements: The course is flexible, yet intensive. Applicants are required to have:

  • either completed the course Introduction to Internet Governance (Foundation Phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme), or to have equivalent knowledge basic knowledge of Internet governance issues and/or experience in the field;
  • fluency in English (or in the working language of the course, if the course is conducted in a language other than English), sufficient to follow university-level materials and discussion;
  • good writing skills, ability to summarise information and focus on details;
  • regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient);
  • a minimum of 8 hours commitment per week throughout the duration of the course. (this is perhaps the single most important requirement and should be evaluated seriously by any potential applicant); and
  • the readiness to participate in online consultations (once a week at specified times).


Who can benefit? We encourage the following to apply:

  • officials in government ministries, departments, or institutions dealing with Information Society, Internet and ICT-related policy issues (e.g. telecommunications, education, foreign affairs, justice);
  • postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the IG field (e.g. in telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies);
  • civil society activists in the IG and Information Society fields;
  • journalists covering IG issues; and
  • individuals in Internet-business fields (e.g. ISPs, software developers).


Fees and Scholarships: The enrolment fee for each course is €500 (payment must be made before participants are granted access to the classroom).

Seventeen VeriSign fellowships will be awarded based on qualifications and need. Priority will be given to outstanding participants from the IGCBP12 Introduction to IG course. A limited number of partial Diplo scholarships will be available for applicants from developing countries.


To Apply: Please complete the application form. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2012, midnight GMT. Successful applicants will be informed of their acceptance by 30 May.


Contact: For any queries, e-mail ig@diplomacy.edu


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