Internet Society African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Fellowship 2024

May 16, 2024

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Bursary Description

Application Deadline: 8 May 2024

Applications are now open for the 2024 Internet Society African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Fellowship. The African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Fellowship, now hosted by the Internet Society, offers a transformative four-month program designed to equip 15 individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to tackle these challenges head-on.

The AfPIF Fellowship provides a dynamic learning opportunity designed to enhance collaboration and knowledge sharing within the African Internet ecosystem. Through the fellowship, participants deepen their expertise and drive meaningful impact, focusing on addressing challenges in interconnection, peering, and traffic exchange while maximizing opportunities for Internet growth at the African Peering and Interconnection Forum.

Candidates who meet the following criteria are welcome to apply.

  • Reside in Africa.
  • Actively participate in or work towards the development of IXPs.
  • Are involved in Internet peering policy, business, and technical matters in their respective country/region.
  • Have a basic understanding of how the Internet works and practical experience in networking using dynamic routing protocols.
  • Have a firm understanding of Unix/Linux and basic DNS, as well as caching/resolving DNS servers, networking, and command-line Unix.
  • Have reliable access to a broadband Internet connection and relevant device(s).
  • Will commit to participating fully in this 4-month experience.
  • Are proficient in English.

Benefits

Fellows may be awarded a partial or full package* to attend the African Peering and Interconnection Forum 2024:

  • The Partial Package includes one of the following:
    • A round-trip air ticket to Kinshasa, DRC or
    • Hotel accommodation for the duration of the event.
  • The Full Package includes both of the following:
    • A round-trip air ticket to Kinshasa, DRC and,
    • Hotel accommodation for the duration of the event.

All selected fellows are eligible to receive a stipend to cover ground transportation and miscellaneous expenses during the event.

Timeline:

  • 17 April 2024: Application submissions open
  • 8 May 2024: Application submissions close
  • May 2024: Review
  • Early June 2024: Selection notification and acceptance
  • June 2024: Program kickoff
  • 20-22 August 2024: African Peering and Interconnection Forum 2024
  • September 2024: Program completion

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Internet Society African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Fellowship