Month: February 2021

2021 German Development Institute Managing Global Governance (MGG) Academy

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The MGG Academy supports future change-makers who are dedicated to transformative change. It brings together young professionals from rising powers and Europe to collectively address global challenges. Building trust, exchanging perspectives, and developing a mutual understanding belong to the core assets of the MGG Academy.

The MGG Academy is geared towards highly-qualified young professionals who work in a partner institution of the MGG network or in an institution that is interested in future cooperation. Prospective participants should

  • work in a governmental organisation, policy-oriented think tank, research institution, civil society or private sector oranisation in an MGG partner country (Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa),
  • work on issues relevant to global governance such as international trade, international economics and finance, environmental challenges, international security or development cooperation,
  • speak English fluently,
  • be between 25 and 40 years old,
  • have at least three years of working experience,
  • be open to a broad variety of working methods,
  • be willing to reflect on collective and individual experiences and competencies,
  • be sensitive to other cultures.
  • Candidates for the MGG Academy have to be supported by their organisation.

To participants

– A global learning journey: Participants broaden their perspectives and learn from each other based on an innovative and dialogue oriented approach.

– Change-maker competencies: Development of practical and theoretical expertise for international collaboration, global governance, transformation and sustainable development.

– Becoming future digital pioneers: participants strengthen their digital skills by working successfully in highly diverse teams and across time zones.

– A life-long network: Partnerships with like-minded change makers and a broad range of institutions in the global MGG network.\


DIE will offer financial support for participants during the digital academy. All participants will receive:

  • one time lump-sum for technical equipment (100€),
  • one time lump-sum for project development (100€),
  • monthly financial support.
    The monthly support is based on the overall living expenses in each partner country and takes the country
    correction coefficients of the European Union’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship into account to
    determine the country-specific support

Application Deadline: 31 March 2021.

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SIDA International training programme on Intellectual Property

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The Embassy of Sweden is calling for applications to the advanced international training programme on “Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries.”

This International Training Programme is specially designed for persons qualified to participate in reform processes of importance on different levels and exercising a position in
their home organization with a mandate to introduce change in social, economic, cultural and scientific institutions utilizing Intellectual Property as a tool for development.

As a participant of the Training Programme, you will actively involve yourself to take part in developments related to Intellectual Property for building the national knowledge
base and encouraging invention, innovation and creativity. The methodology used in the Training Programme is based on the assumption that your organization wishes to carry
out changes and is willing to invest its own resources to achieve these changes.


The training in Stockholm or in a virtual setting will be focused on a number of special themes in the area of Intellectual Property, including the following:
• General aspects of Intellectual Property including legal, institutional and management aspects, and its relevance in the context of economic growth and development.
• The role of multilateral and regional institutions in Intellectual Property law formulation, implementation and administration.
• The role of Intellectual Property in key national public policy issues such as agriculture, education, and health and the
discussion of implementation issues in the national context.
• Emerging issues in Intellectual Property including those related to biodiversity, environmental protection, and implications of a dynamic and fast-paced technological landscape.
• The international trading system, especially the Agreement
on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Law (The
TRIPS Agreement).
• The importance of patents as a resource of technical and
scientific information for technological capacity building and
their role in promoting innovation and invention.
• The role of trademarks, industrial designs, and geographical indications in contributing to economic growth and increasing competitiveness.
• The role of copyright and related rights in cultural and
socio-economic development.

Admission Requirements

The following countries are invited to nominate candidates:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Malawi,
Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania,
Uganda and Zambia.

Only candidates nominated by the appropriate organization
and in accordance with national rules will be considered.

Least Developed Countries in Africa, Asia.

The Training Programme is specially designed for senior
officials and policymakers from relevant government entities, business and industries, universities and academic institutions, research and development organizations who are involved in issues concerning Intellectual Property at the national level.

The number of participants is limited to 27 in order to ensure
a close working relationship between participants, lecturers and mentors. Emphasis will be made on the selection of senior officials with experience in areas of transfer of technology and technological capacity building in order to promote cooperation between institutions of higher learning, research institutions, industries, and business to initiate project-based activities on invention and innovation

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
(Sida) will cover all costs related to all programme phases except personal expenses, visa fees or any local airport taxes and departure fees.


The Swedish Intellectual Property Office in Stockholm and
a Follow-up meeting. Participants should be aware that
the programme may be moved to a virtual setting due to
the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 17–June 4, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden, or in a virtual setting
Follow-up meeting December 6–10, 2021

Participants should be aware that the programme may be
moved to a virtual setting due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The programme will be created to meet the same objective as a physical training including to allow for opportunities to interact, community building and sharing of ideas.

Method of Application

  • Application should be written on the special form attached
    and include a recent photograph and required information
    and documents. Please also note that in order to be accepted
    to the program your proposed Project For Change will be of
    – When necessary, the application should be approved by the
    official nominating authority in your country.Application in original with required signatures and attachments should be submitted to the nearest Swedish Embassy/
    Consulate. If there is no appropriate Swedish Embassy/Consulate in your country, the application should be submitted
    directly to the Organizer PRV.

    Applications submitted after closing date will not be


    Selected candidates will be notified by e-mail. Once selected,
    the candidate must confirm participation. A letter of Acceptance will be sent out, containing information on participation
    in the programme and the practical arrangements.

  • Selected candidates shall be aware of the commitment to participate in all phases of the programme.

Application Deadline: February 18th 2021

For more information, please read the following documents:

  1. Brochure
  2. Application form

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2021 GirlCode Software Development Engineer Learnership

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GirlCode has partnered with AWS to train 30 unemployed women through a 12 month Software Development Engineer Learnership. It will be commencing on 1 April 2021 and running for 12 months on a full-time basis. You will work on practical projects, learn and practice with relevant tech and tools. Experience how agile teams need to operate in a business environment as well as soft skills to prepare them for the world of work.

What makes this program particularly unique is that GirlCode has partnered with tech startups in which you can get their work experience from.

Applications are open to unemployed South African women with a valid ID, age 18-35 and can attend the Learnership full time at our campus in Midrand.

Important Information

This application does not guarantee that the learner will be accepted
Once accepted for first phase of application you will be required to send the following documents:
– Certified copy of Identity Document
– Certified copy of School report/Matric certificate

Application Deadline: February 28th 2021

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2021 Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Spring Research Sprint for Masters and PhD-level students.

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Interested in real-world problem-solving, research with impact and networking opportunities? Join the Spring 2021 online research sprint open to Masters- and PhD-level students from all disciplines and geographies.

The Spring 2021 Research Sprint, hosted by the Digital Asia Hub in collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center and the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers, explores the evolving normative concept of “digital self-determination” as an enabler of – or at least contributor – to the exercise of autonomy and agency in the face of shrinking choices. In a world that is increasingly constructed, mediated and at times even dominated by digital technologies and digital media, including the underlying infrastructures, questions of control, power and equity become more critical.

The Digital Asia Hub in collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center and the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers and under the patronage of the Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier is looking for students who want to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team from mid-March to mid-May 2021 on exploring the notion of “digital self-determination” from different perspectives and across cultural contexts. The goal of the sprint is to create and populate an evolving repository of readings, case studies, examples, and narratives that together provide a thick description of the evolving notion of digital self-determination and its normative context.

In a nutshell:

  • The research sprint is hosted by the Digital Asia Hub with the support of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, and will take place virtually from March 15th – May 15th, 2021.
  • The program brings together leading experts and mentors from the Digital Asia Hub and the Berkman Klein Center and its global partner organizations from the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers.
  • The program consists of three elements: A series of up to 9 synchronous sessions online, with assignments and other occasional (optional) offerings, including “social” gatherings, for networking and mentorship.
  • Students at the Masters- and PhD-level from all disciplines are invited to apply and will be actively involved in all parts of the program.
  • We invite participation from students globally.
  • The program will use several computer applications to facilitate everything including Zoom, Google Drive, and Slack.
  • Students who complete the program will be eligible for a stipend of up to $1000.


Passion for interdisciplinary research in a novel and highly collaborative program.Excellent academic qualifications (near-completed Masters degree; PhD in progress/planned or advanced PhD, post-doctoral researcher).Fluency in English and knowledge of one other language are a plus.Commitment to take part in weekly ~2-hour virtual sessions between March 15 and May 15 on Thursdays at 8am (Eastern Standard Time)/9pm (Hong Kong time) and a willingness to attend periodic social gatherings.Average time commitment of up to 10 hours a week, depending on your capacities.Motivation to produce research outputs within the time of the sprint and to contribute to a joint publication.


  • Research with impact: A unique opportunity to participate in hands-on research activities on a pressing issue and with real-world impact opportunity.
  • Mentorship and networking: Engaging with leading experts in the field of digital technology, education, policy, and ethics and making connections with other scholars around the world.
  • Skill building: As part of an interdisciplinary research team and on an accelerated timeline, improve and expand research and collaboration skills.

Method of Application:

  • Please apply by filling out this application form by Tuesday, February 23 by 8:00am (EST/Boston time)/9pm (Hong Kong time). Applicants will receive notification of admission no later than Friday, March 5 by 5:00pm (EST/Boston time)/6am (Hong Kong time).
  • The form will require that you include a link to your CV or Resume that is accessible online (on a website, in a cloud-drive, etc). Please make sure if using a cloud-storage, the link settings are set to allow for people to access the document.

Support and Stipends:

  • Students who complete the program will be eligible for a stipend of up to $1000.
  • International students based in the US without an eligible work permit are NOT eligible for the stipend. Otherwise, students from around the world are welcomed to apply.  Please consult your legal counsel and institution if you have questions about your eligibility to participate/receive stipends. Stipend payments will come from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 23 2021

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