Paradign Intiative's Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) Fellowship 2021 for young Africans


Paradigm Initiative (PIN) welcomes applications for its Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (Drill). The successful applicant will work full time with Paradigm Initiative team members for 9 months starting from 1 March 2021 to 31 November 2021. As a mid-career fellowship, potential candidates will be expected to have had a minimum of 5 years' experience as technology or social innovators, researchers, policy experts, and/or entrepreneurs. Fellows must have a relevant postgraduate qualification, be exceptional individuals who will bring new learnings and innovations as well as gain exposure to the digital ecosystem.

Paradigm Initiative (PI) is a social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support system s and advocates for digital rights in order to improve the livelihood of under-served you Africans. Our digital inclusion programs include a digital readiness school for young people living in under-served communities (LIFE) and a software engineering school targeting potential young Nigerians (Dufuna).

Fellows' Responsibilities

Applicants will be required to briefly discuss their intended focus for the fellowship period during the application process. Paradigm Initiative will expect to receive a cutting edge project proposal that will benefit from the exposure to the exposure to the African digital rights and inclusion community. If your proposal is big, innovative and addressing a real issue in the digital ecosystem, we look forward to reviewing your submission.

The successful fellows will be expected to work full time within any of the PIN offices.

  • The successful fellows will propose and work on an innovative project which will be completed during (i.e cutting edge research/technology-centric project that seeks to address digital rights or digital inclusion issues in Africa)
  • The fellows will be expected host monthly ecosystem/sector meetings with the PIN Team to engage the ecosystem on critical issues arising or existing.
  • The fellows will conduct biweekly presentations and prepare content to share with the PIN team on their project and to feature a monthly DRILL podcast to be recorded with the PIN Executive Director.
  • Each Fellow will have the opportunity to host a Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (Drif) - Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab in April 2021.
  • The last month of the fellowship will feature a final meeting, final presentation and final podcast from the selected fellows.

Who can apply?

The fellowship is open to potential fellows living within the following countries - Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Fellowship Benefits

  • PIN will provide a monthly stipend to the selected fellows which will cover participation tin the Fellowship.
  • PIN will provide a research project grant to support an approved project and budget.
  • PIN will cover costs associated with activities at the Digital Rights and Inclusion Lab and provide an opportunity to be embedded within our team, access to the ecosystem and feedback on projects throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • A possible opportunity to travel to an international platform to showcase the finished project.

Deadline for application

Applications is open from 6 October 2020 until 30 October 2020. The selection process will be finalised in November 2020 with the fellow of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Lab expected to resume on 1 March 2021.

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