Applications: ITS Global Policy Fellowship Program

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9 de February de 2017


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Applications closed

The Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro ( invites researchers, students and professionals working with technology policy to apply to its Global Policy Fellowship Program and spend four weeks in Brazil at ITS Rio. Last year, we welcomed five fellows, who gave valuable contributions to the success of the Fellowship Program.

Our Global Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the team who created and developed Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights (Marco Civil da Internet), a bill that guarantees and promotes the  protection of fundamental rights, including privacy, net neutrality and freedom of expression, which was approved as law in Brazil in April 2014. Furthermore, they will be able to choose one of our four main areas of work to develop their research in, namely:

Democracy & Technology (civic engagement, online participation, and others)

Rights & Technology (connectivity, freedom of expression, privacy and others topics on Internet regulation)

Education (intellectual property, digital entrepreneurship, online teaching, and others)

Rethinking Innovation (new models of development, economic and social processes, and others)

ITS Fellowship Program will offer the opportunity for those interested in internet and technology policy to deepen their knowledge about the Brazilian technology context. We have prepared an intensive 4-week* program for our fellows, which includes meeting ITS Rio partners in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília in order to have the opportunity to visit some of the largest national and international technology  companies operating in Brazil, as well as governmental entities.

See the list of our former fellows here.


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Fellows 2016

ITS Fellows 2016 and what they said about their experience


Fernando Montejo

“Being part of the 2016 ITS Rio Fellowship was an incredible experience. Not only did I find great friends in my fellow Fellows, but everyone at the ITS office was very welcoming and helped introduce us to the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. Our multiple site visits to tech companies, organizations, and government agencies throughout Rio, Brasilia and São Paulo were valuable networking opportunities and provided an in-depth view of Brazil’s technology ecosystem. As a city planner, I was able to learn so much from the ITS staff and the Fellows about technology policy and its implications on urban development. Furthermore, I had the unforgettable benefit of experiencing Rio as it prepared to host the Olympic Games!”


Julia Manske

“Staying with ITS in 2016 was a truly enriching experience in every sense. The fellowship took place during the peak of Brasil’s impeachment process and just before the Olympics, so these were very challenging but also interesting times for the city and the country. The fellowship allowed us to get first hand insights and to meet policy makers, civil society and business people to hear their views and expectations. Also for my area of interest, digital rights and data management, the fellowship provided me with interesting contacts and perspectives. More importantly, ITS managed to bring together a diverse and fantastic group of people. We had a lot of fun and an amazing time together with ITS’ lovely team in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.”


Olivier Alais

“I loved my experience as a Fellow at ITS. It was the perfect opportunity to meet new people, to discover Brazil and to understand the political and technological context. I will be glad to come back to ITS and to work again with this amazing team. The ITS office is very well located in Rio. It is easy to walk to the Flamengo beach or to the famous Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy the view. I liked discovering the city and have fun with the others fellows and the ITS team. I highly recommended to apply to the ITS fellowship!”


Pablo Freudenthal

“The fellowship permitted us to review digital policies in the global south from many different angles, as we had the chance to meet up with important stakeholders from politics, NGO’s science and the corporate sector. Furthermore, ITS’ mission is not solely focused on legislation but works across many branches of digital activism. The entrepreneurial spirit within the organization is noteworthy, as a young and dynamic team collaborates with groups from across the country to truly produce cutting edge research and E- Learning opportunities. It was especially inspiring to see how young people in Rio campaign, investigate and publish in times of political turbulence. In this context, visiting the National chamber of deputies’ open parliament initiative, right as its president Eduardo Cunha was resigning to his position and shifting the political landscape of Brazil, reflected just how important innovation in information technology is in times of populism.

Experiencing Rio de Janeiro with locals from all type backgrounds is an enriching experience for any academic with a focus on innovation and development.  On top of that, the mix of high caliber fellows, coming from different parts of the globe, disciplines, and research focuses, added to an unforgetful experience. As Alessandra from smart citizen platform MeuRio has stated: What happens in Rio is relevant for the developed and developing worlds. Rio is a city that lends its identity to anyone that decides to step a foot in this marvelous city.”


Valentina Scialpi

“The Fellowship Program at ITS in Rio was an amazing opportunity to get to know the Brazilian digital landscape. We had very interesting meetings with business, government as well as NGOs and startups in the three main cities of Brazil. The ITS people are very knowledgeable and we had the chance to present our own research and area of work and interact with the local community. The best part has certainly be the time spent with the colleagues at the ITS and with the other fellows, with whom we built a long lasting relationship that lasts still now.”