At a glance

Current status:
open

Applications open:
2 June 2021

Applications due:
23 June 2021

Eligibility & requirements

IGF Youth Ambassador Program

Do you want to:
✓ make a big impact on Internet governance in your community?
✓ receive training and connect with a network of key influencers in the Internet governance sphere?
✓ gain access to a platform where you can raise your voice on Internet issues that matter to you?

Become an Internet Society IGF Youth Ambassador!

Each year, the Internet Society selects thirty young, passionate people to participate in our IGF Youth Ambassador Program, equipping the next generation of Internet leaders to collaborate and innovate for a better world.

Why apply?

In becoming an IGF Youth Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to take part in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), an annual meeting that brings various stakeholders together from around the world to share good policies and practices relating to the Internet. During the program, you will:

  • Receive training and mentoring on key Internet governance issues
  • Represent your community, increase your visibility and bring your voice to the table
  • Engage with key Internet stakeholders from around the world
  • Work as a team and become part of the broader Internet governance community
  • Develop the skills and connections needed to make more of an impact in your local community (and beyond!)

What’s the selection process?

If you are an Internet Society member and aged 18-30, you can apply. The selection process is conducted in three phases.

  1. Submit an online application 
  2. Complete eLearning course (up to 150 top applicants)
  3. Write a paper (up to 50 top learners)
1. Online applications

All applicants must be:

  • Able to present a strong interest in Internet governance
  • Able to demonstrate interest and expertise on issues on the IGF agenda
  • Comfortable with public speaking and communicating your stance
  • Capable of representing the Internet Society, its views and policies 
  • Can continue to work with the Internet Society locally after the IGF
  • Fluent in English
  • Able to commit 6+ hours per week during the eLearning phase
  • Available to take part in meetings and webinars
  • Not have been selected as an Internet Society IGF Ambassador, Youth@IGF Fellow, or IGF Youth Ambassador before
2. Online Internet governance course

The applicants selected in phase 1 (up to 150 individuals) will take an online course on Internet Governance. All participants will be grouped into classes, each with a dedicated expert moderator to facilitate the learning process. Up to 50 participants will be selected to proceed to the next phase.

3.   Paper writing

Finalists from 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 and Internet Society 2021 Projects. Papers will be evaluated by a selection committee and the best submissions will be selected as IGF Youth Ambassadors.

Please note that the selection committee, composed of Internet Society staff, Online Tutors and Chapter/SIG Leaders, attempts to achieve professional, geographical, and gender diversity in the overall selections.

What’s required of me if chosen?

Webinar series

The individuals who are selected as IGF Youth Ambassadors participate in a webinar series led by a global Internet governance expert to deepen their knowledge, present their projects/ideas, and be prepared for the IGF. There will also be webinars on Internet Society 2021 Projects, and specific sessions led by our partners and sponsors. Additionally, in collaboration with the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance, the IGF Youth Ambassadors will be mentored by Internet Governance Experts.

Attend the IGF

IGF Youth Ambassadors will attend the Internet Governance Forum in 2021 remotely due to COVID-19.

Collaborative Leadership Exchange

IGF Youth Ambassadors will attend a virtual 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.

Timeline

2 June 2021

Online application submissions open

23 June 2021, 23:59 UTC

Application submissions close

2 August 2021

Successful candidates for next round invited to complete eLearning course

29 August 2021

Deadline for eLearning course completion

1 September 2021

Successful candidates for next round invited to write a paper

15 September 2021

Deadline for paper submissions

1 October 2021

Ambassadors announced

4 October 2021

Ambassadors start webinar series

5 December 2021

Deadline for completion of webinar series

6-10 December 2021

IGF

Program in-kind partners

If you would like to support the program through sponsorship, please contact us at leaders@isoc.org to discuss how.

Meet our ambassadors

The voice of youth matters and the Internet Society plays a significant role [in empowering] the next generation of Internet leaders, [providing] them with the freedom to [put their] voice out [there].”
Having people at eye level makes an enormous difference in softening the intimidation someone in their early career stages might feel by sharing thoughts and asking questions with more experienced professionals.”
We cannot shape the Internet’s future without Youth’s voices – let’s open the doors and let them in! Youth are a vital force to get an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.”
Meet the young changemakers who make up the 2020 and 2019 cohorts of our program.