Internet Society IGF Youth Ambassadors Program for young Adults Worldwide (Fully funded to Germany)

Application Deadline: 25 June 2019.


Starting from this year, the Internet Society will combine the IGF Ambassadors and [email protected] into a single program called IGF Youth Ambassadors.

The goal of this program is to empower young adults aged 18 through 30 from all around the world by:

Building their capacity through training
Fostering a new cadre of young Internet leaders who are motivated to learn, engage, and act within their region and beyond
Partnering with organizations to broaden the depth and breadth of the program
Reinforcing the importance of multi-disciplinary leaders in fostering the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet
Promoting youth citizenship, diplomacy, volunteerism and community service as key aspects of next generation leadership
Broadening their experience and enabling their participation in public policy debates.

Program Details

Program Components

A. 3-phase Selection Process

The selection process will be conducted in three phases:

1. Online Applications

The first phase of the selection process is based on Online Applications.


All applicants must be:

Internet Society Members
Between 18-30 at the date of the IGF
Able to present a strong motivation for Internet Governance
Able to demonstrate interest and expertise in issues on the IGF agenda
Comfortable with public speaking and communicating positions
Able to demonstrate interest and experience in key Internet governance related issues
Capable of appropriately representing the Internet Society and its views and policies as an Ambassador during the IGF
Capable of continuing to work with the Internet Society locally after the IGF
Fluent in English
Able to spend a minimum of 8 hours each week during the eLearning Phase
Ready to take part in the meetings and webinars
Not been selected as [email protected] Fellow or IGF Ambassador before
The selection committee also attempts to achieve professional, geographical, and gender diversity in the overall selections.

2. 4-week Online Internet Governance Course

The applicants selected in phase 1 (up to 150 individuals) take a 4-week online course. The topics include: Internet Governance, Internet Policy Principles, Actors and Stakeholder Groups, and Regulatory Frameworks.

All participants are grouped into classes, each with a dedicated expert moderator to facilitate the learning process. The top ones (up to 50) will proceed to the next phase.

3. Paper Writing

The top performers during the online course phase will be required to write a paper on an existing or emerging area in Internet Governance, leveraging the learnings from the course. The individuals who submit the best papers will be selected as IGF Youth Ambassadors (up to 30).

After being Selected:

After being selected
B. Webinar Series
The individuals who are selected as IGF Youth Ambassadors (up to 30) participate at Webinar Series led by global Internet Governance experts to deepen their knowledge, present their projects/ideas and be prepared for the IGF.

C. Attending the IGF
IGF Youth Ambassadors receive support to attend the Global Internet Governance Forum, taking place in Berlin, Germany, from 25 to 29 November 2019.

D. Collaborative Leadership Exchange
IGF Youth Ambassadors will attend an onsite, dynamic leadership session with Internet Society community members, youth representatives from other programs, Internet Society staff and other IGF attendees. This session takes the form of an unconference, with the agenda being crowdsourced by attendees, and breakout groups facilitated to create pockets of common interest and interaction. The goal is to build/deepen relationships and foster community around youth engagement.


For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the IGF Youth Ambassadors Program 2019