Strengthening the global cyber diplomacy engagement and debate is one of the key factors contributing towards the global implementation of the UN framework for responsible state behaviour. But with a rapidly expanding range of international issues on cyber diplomacy agenda, it is important to ensure that all stakeholders have access to the relevant knowledge and background of these processes as well as skills to meaningfully engage in those conversations. To support that goal, the EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative – EU Cyber Direct launched the EU:CD Fellowship for junior and mid-level experts from partner countries.
The main purpose of the EU:CD Fellowship is to support partner countries and non-governmental stakeholders to engage in international cyber diplomacy debates through addressing development of skills and knowledge at the individual level.
The Fellowship pays particular attention to knowledge transfer among the fellows in order to build relationships and strengthen North-South and South-South cooperation.
- The UN framework for responsible state behaviour;
- Regional and multilateral approaches to countering cybercrime;
- International frameworks for strengthening cyber resilience;
- International digital cooperation, including standardisation and data governance;
- Global governance of emerging disruptive technologies.
It is expected that at the end of the EU:CD Programme, the fellows will be able to:
- Identify and discuss key policy dilemmas across various cyber, digital and tech issues;
- Identify and engage with stakeholders at national, regional and international level;
- Shape domestic policies in the domains covered during the Programme;
- Contribute to strengthening national and/or regional perspectives on cyber and digital issues, including through official submissions to international organisations, written opinion pieces or presentations during workshops;
- Transmit the acquired knowledge to other members of the national ecosystem or a stakeholder group.
Structure of the EU:CD Fellowship Programme
The EU:CD Fellowship Programme is comprised of four main pillars:
- Knowledge building: fellows will be invited to participate in targeted online sessions related to the main themes of the programme. In particular, fellows will have a unique opportunity to interact with senior officials from the EU and member states.
- Skills enhancement: fellows will have the opportunity to strengthen their competencies in policy analysis, negotiation, public speaking and writing through a series of workshops and lectures delivered by leading experts and academics in the field.
- Representation broadening: selected fellows will obtain support to prepare and participate in a session of the OEWG (New York), a session of the AHC on cybercrime (Vienna) as well as another major international cyber-related event in Europe. Please note that in case of government officials, participation in some of these meetings might be subject to accreditation from a respective national government.
- Mentorship: each fellow will have an opportunity to benefit from mentorship by a senior government official or expert collaborating with the EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative.
The call for applications for the 2024 edition of the EU:CD Fellowship is open from 8 November until 4 December 2023. Find the application here.
2023 EU:CD Fellows
Lourino Alberto Chemane