Host organizations

Africa

Asia Pacific

Middle East

Africa

African Centre for Civic Education (ACCE)

Fellowship location: Abuja, Nigeria

http://www.africancce.org

The African Centre for Civic Education (ACCE) is a non- profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to research, policy analyses, advocacy and development initiatives emphasizing socio-economic welfare and good governance in Africa. Established in 1994, the Centre has been focused on civic and economic policies that inform conceptions of citizenship and social welfare in the information age. Founded on a sound intellectual and research-oriented platform, the Centre’s central mission is to develop tailored solutions to specific African problems in light of best policy practices and current international/comparative scholarship. The Centre aims to achieve its mission through research and dissemination of knowledge on relevant development-related topics affecting Africa specifically in the field of technology policy; to offer seminars, symposia and workshops that raise public awareness and galvanizes stakeholders on issues revolving around ethics in government; human rights; access to knowledge for civic education; training and expert advisory services to policymakers at the local, national, regional and international levels; and active participation in public debates on critical issues of development and good governance and the rule of law.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work on ACCE’s intellectual property reform and access to technology portfolio. The Fellow will undertake research and policy briefs on key provisions of the IP and Copyright Reform Bills. The Fellow will also work on issues relating to the role of copyright intensive industries in Nigeria’s digital economy. The Fellow will be expected to interview relevant stakeholders and undertake a comparative analysis of IP regimes in sub-Saharan Africa, especially initiatives to facilitate open access models for education.

To be eligible, any applicant must be a student as of 1 January 2016.

Asia Pacific

LIRNEasia

Fellowship location: Colombo (Sri Lanka) or London/South East of England (UK) or Myanmar

http://www.lirneasia.net

Catalyzing policy change through research to improve people's lives in the emerging Asia Pacific by facilitating their use of hard and soft infrastructures though the use of knowledge, information and technology

Fellowship focus areas

Impact of Zero Rated walled gardens on user behaviour, on connectivity, on competition and on Net Neutrality in the context of emerging South Asian/South East Asian economies.

The Fellow will design and carry a out qualitative studies (focused on a group of users who are using Zero Rated content and possibly a control group), and carry out additional expert/industry interviews. He/she will then synthesize results and to write a comprehensive report. He/she will possibly produce other policy-oriented out put (e.g. policy briefs/videos etc) to help LIRNEasia communicate to key audiences.

Depending on the results, an academic quality paper (for a targeted publication) is a long term possibility, if the Fellow is willing to write after the Fellowship term ends (unlikely to have time to do academic writing in the term of the Fellowship).

Application

To be eligible, applicants must be a Masters or PhD student as at 1 January 2016, and be 18 years or older on the same date. Application deadline is 30 January 2016. Specific dates of the fellowship will be between July - August 2016, though flexibility is possible for exceptional candidates. The fellowship period must conclude by the 30th of December 2016 under all circumstances.

A statement of purpose explaining your interest and previous experience in the listed topics, and a full CV demonstrating research and writing capabilities and listing at least 2 referees we can contact should be sent directly to LIRNEasia at hr@lirneasia.net with the header "Google Fellowship (FirstName LastName)". In addition, the information below should also be sent, preferably as the last section/page of the CV itself:

Asian Trade Centre

Fellowship location: Singapore

http://asiantradecentre.org

The Asian Trade Centre serves as the resource for trade-related activities in Asia. This includes increasing capacities and knowledge of government and business leaders through training, workshops and seminars, building bridges between government and business to foster the growth of trade in the region, leading world-class research projects, and conducting outreach to the media, business, NGOs and the interested public on trade issues.

The Centre pulls together the best possible team of experts from around the world on any given project to deliver the highest quality product to our partners and stakeholders. The Asian Trade Centre is the premier independent advocate for growing trade in the Asia Pacific region

Fellowship focus areas

Collaborate with Executive Director and Deputy Director in trade activities related to e-commerce, digital and IP. This includes, but is not limited to:

Focus areas of fellowship Digital Trade, E-commerce, Intellectual Property

Please send resume and cover letter to caroline@asiantradecentre.org

Middle East

Arab Centre for Scientific Research and Humane Studies

Fellowship location: Rabat, Morocco

http://arab-csr.org/

The Arab Centre for Scientific Research and Humane Studies is a think tank based in Morocco with the aim to promote freedom, democracy, rule of law and entrepreneurship across the MENA region. The Centre is dedicated to improving the quality of think tanks and civil society initiatives, particularly empowering youth and civic actors to promote reforms and to inform public debates and decision-makers.

Fellowship focus areas

The Internet and social media have become powerful platforms for Islamist terrorists groups to diffuse their hate speech and recruit new members. As a response, civil society actors, political parties and young activities all over the world are launching counter initiatives to diffuse a message of peace. The counter messages are being diffused in different formats including videos and websites with informative content that exposes the rhetoric of the terrorists while offering an alternative understanding of the universal teachings of the Islamic religion. Today and more than any time before, such counter speech initiatives should be evaluated in order to examine their impacts on the viewers and draw conclusions about best and most efficient strategies that can be duplicated in order for those initiatives to be impactful.

Under the supervision of the Arab centre for scientific research and humane studies, the fellow will work on the following tasks with a focus on initiatives launched within the MENA region:

To be eligible, any applicant must be a student as of 1 January 2016.