SEEDIG Meeting Fellowship

SEEDIG 2017 Meeting Fellowship


We are pleased to announce that, building on previous years’ experience and thanks to a generous contribution from the Internet Society, SEEDIG is hereby launching a Fellowship programme, aimed to support individuals from South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE) to attend the third annual meeting (24–25 May, Ohrid).

Eligible individuals are invited to apply by filling in this form.


[NEW] Fellows testimonials

The SEEDIG Fellowship Programme has allowed me to make connections which will be significant in future regional collaborations with people from different stakeholder groups who all work for an open, safe, stable, right-based Internet. I learned about many trends, developments, and valuable insights from other fellows and their respective countries. One of the nicest surprises of being a fellow was seeing how informed, analytic, and aware Youth School attendees were, as we had the chance to interact with them and guide them as fellows. I look forward to being part of a community which is growing each year and will positively impact Internet governance related debates in the region.

Su Sonia Herring


In May 2017 I participated in SEEDIG2017 as a SEEDIG fellow. It has been my first participation in a SEEDIG event and my first fellowship. During the fellowship session, discussions on Internet governance developments across the region and debates on hot topics were both relevant. The ‘surprise’ arranged by the organisers at the end of the session, namely the quick questions on some Internet governance topics, was very interactive. The second ‘surprise’, arranged by the SEEDIG organisers, namely granting the certificates, was pleasantly unexpected and joyful. The meeting itself, all its sessions were interesting and useful. I’ve got lots of information on cybersecurity, broadband challenges, Internet of Things developments, IDNs, etc. As for the organisational part, it was excellent as well. I am happy with my participation in SEEDIG 2017 and I would like to once again thank all the organisers and the hosts of this event.                                                                                             

Mzia Gogilashvili


To me, SEEDIG represents one of the most important meeting points for IGFs from the SE Europe. The annual events are perfectly executed, the crowd is always interesting and full of insights from neighbouring countries. I feel honoured to be a part of the SEEDIG community and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Domen Savič


This was the second SEEDIG meeting I attended to, the first one being the one that was held on 22 April 2016, in Belgrade, Serbia. Both events helped me enrich my knowledge about the Internet governance and the use of Internet, in general, and this had a major impact on my academic activity, as my doctoral research is focused on social innovation and the development of smart cities, the Internet obviously being a fundamental element of both the previously mentioned concepts. Apart from gaining valuable information, I can say that I met very interesting persons which, by being a part of either the public or the private sector, helped me, through their visions and perspectives, form a personal opinion on the way things related to Internet work or should work. The Fellowship Programme was another important step forward in being a part of this initiative which gave me confidence in believing that, even though I am not a PhD yet – therefore not a specialised researcher, the ideas that I come up with (for example, at the meeting where we had to present some events and developments regarding the IT field in our country) are treasured and maybe they will be helpful for the participants from other countries as well. I am very grateful I had the opportunity to participate at SEEDIG 2016 and 2017, and I hope next year won’t be an exception either.                                                                                                                                                                                

Andreea-Maria Tîrziu


I was wondering how one meeting could change someone’s life, but now I can prove it without any doubts from my personal experience. SEEDIG was the first, but surely not last fellowship experience for me. I am really glad that you gave me a chance to become a member of this great community. Thanks to SEEDIG and the great people  met during this meeting, I have definitely found my place and the particular way in which I’d like to pursue my professional interests. SEEDIG has motivated me to start searching more and more information about Internet governance and be well prepared for the next meetings. Except for professional and career development, I have gained new friends, and that was an additional valuable benefit from the great time spent in Ohrid.                                                                                                                                                                                    

Lia Gubashvili


This was my first time on SEEDIG and I was honored to be selected as a fellow this year. I support the vision that the Internet is for everyone and it is a tool to improve lives and make the world a better place. SEEDIG gave me opportunity to learn more about Internet governance and gave me a chance to meet amazing people whose work, commitment, and enthusiasm already gave great results in this area. As a civil society representative, I must say that the civil society had a good presence on the SEEDEG. There was a lot that happened during the SEEDIG meeting, and a lot was learned and taken back. The sessions I was most interested in were on those relating to human rights, media freedom on the Internet, open data, and cybersecurity. Session 3 ,4, and 6 were my favorite. I had the opportunity to speak with the panelists afterwards, and they were quite interested in the work I was doing in Serbia. And I strongly believe one of the most important things about the meeting was being able to meet people and being able to make connections with others doing similar the things as you are, and being able to share ideas and network. My plans for the future are to further my education and contribute back to the Serbia and to the world within the space of Internet governance. For the SEEDIG I can only say THANK YOU. It was an excellent experience and I gained so much from this opportunity. See you fellows next year!

Marija Blagojević


From my point of view, SEEDIG is a unique opportunity in region to recognize global and regional trends in development of Internet policy and multistakeholder dialogue, and very important initiative for development of dialogue on all other topics in region. SEEDIG 2017 and Ohrid were excellent host, nice people, nice place and social networking, and excellent hospitality. I would like to say thank you to the Internet Society  for supporting the Fellowship Programme and to the SEEDIG executive committee for interesting agenda , speakers, and for enormous efforts of members who brought the conference to the end.

Nenad Marinković


I would like one more time to thank the SEEDIG executive committee for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Fellowship Programme. Secondly, I would like to thank all those who have contribute to making this year’s SEEDIG meeting successful. For me, being part of SEEDIG, contributing and engaging in SEEDIG and in IGF activities is my best initiative and most valuable experience ever! This year’s SEEDIG meeting was a very good one, in terms of structure, topics of discussion, fellows, youth, and the overall participation of stakeholders, both from the Internet governance and  telecommunications fields. I am happy and privileged to be a volunteer and contributor to Internet governance as an individual, coming from the governmental stakeholder group and also acting as a coordinator of Albania IGF. I am fully motivated and eager to contribute to Internet governance processes as for my country, via AlbIGF, for my region, via SEEDIG, and globally.

Fotjon Kosta


Programme status

The following individuals have been selected to be part of the inaugural SEEDIG Meeting Fellowship programme, to be held in the context of the third SEEDIG annual meeting (24–25 May, Ohrid).

  • Andra Bucur, Romania (government)
  • Andreea Rusu, Romania (civil society)
  • Andreea-Maria Tîrziu, Romania (Academia)
  • Anesa Agović, Bosnia and Herzegovina (civil society)
  • Belma Kučukalić, Bosnia and Herzegovina (civil society)
  • Cătălin Vrabie, Romania (academia)
  • Domen Savič, Slovenia (civil society)
  • Fotjon Kosta, Albania (government)
  • Lia Gubashvili, Georgia (private sector)
  • Marija Blagojević, Serbia (civil society)
  • Mzia Gogilashvili, Georgia (government)
  • Nenad Marinković, Serbia (civil society)
  • Olga Kyryliuk, Ukraine (civil society)
  • Su Sonia Herring, Turkey (civil society)
  • Ucha Seturi, Georgia (private sector)
  • Vladimer Svanadze, Georgia (civil society)
About the Fellowship programme

The SEEDIG Meeting Fellowship programme is aimed at contributing to achieving the initiative’s overall objectives. In particular, the programme is intended to:

  • Support SEEDIG’s efforts to develop the capacity of regional stakeholders to actively participate in national, regional, and international Internet governance processes.
  • Diversify and consolidate the SEEDIG community, by giving more individuals from the region the possibility to attend the annual meeting, and to get involved in inter-sessional activities.

Selected fellows will be provided with full or partial financial support for attending the annual meeting. This support covers travel and/or accommodation expenses, but does NOT include a stipend, reimbursements for visa fees, local transportation, or any other costs. Lunches, coffee breaks, and social events will be covered as part of the SEEDIG overall programme.

Fellows are expected to engage prior to, during, and after the SEEDIG meeting with the Fellowship programme coordinators, their selected peers, and any mentors they might be assigned with, as well as to actively contribute to SEEDIG activities. More specifically, fellows could be asked to:

  • Attend and actively participate in online preparatory meetings, to be held before the SEEDIG meeting.
  • Contribute to SEEDIG inter-sessional activities, both prior to and after the annual meeting.
  • Contribute to the planning process for the SEEDIG meeting, by acting as members of sessions organising teams.
  • Act as rapporteurs and/or online moderators for sessions included in the SEEDIG programme.
  • Actively participate in other activities specifically designed for them during the meeting.
Eligibility criteria

The Fellowship programme is open to individuals from any stakeholder group: civil society, academia, government, technical community, private sector, and intergovernmental organisations.

In order to be considered for the Fellowship programme, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Is originally from, or resides in a country in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.
  • Demonstrates a strong interest in Internet and digital policy related issues and processes.
  • Submits an expression of interest, via the form indicated above.

Please note that the entire meeting will be held in English, with no interpretation in any languages. Therefore, applicants should have a good command of English.

Review and selection

Submitted applications are reviewed by SEEDIG’s executive committee. Input might also be provided by SEEDIG’s supporting organisations.

The selection of applicants to be granted with the fellowship will be made on the basis of the submitted expressions of interest, and taking into account the need to achieve a diversity of participants, in terms of:

  • geography (countries represented);
  • stakeholder groups represented;
  • gender and age balance;
  • balance between newcomers (individuals who have not previously participated in SEEDIG or other Internet governance processes) and experienced participants (individuals who have been previously involved in such processes).

Preference may be given to applicants who only require partial funding (i.e. a request to cover only the travel cost or the cost of accommodation).

Travel and/or accommodation arrangements

Selected fellows will be contacted by SEEDIG’s executive committee with further details concerning travel and accommodation arrangements.

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