Applications are now being accepted for the second cycle of the Commonwealth Africa Cyber Fellowship programme, providing an opportunity for citizens of Commonwealth countries in Africa to enhance their expertise in cybersecurity and contribute to shaping the future of cyber defence.
Established in 2022, this fellowship program stands as a unique platform fostering collaboration among cybersecurity experts from Commonwealth nations in Africa. These experts, once selected, serve as fellows for a year, gaining access to exclusive academic research opportunities, networking events, and annual conferences. Their collective focus is to enhance cybersecurity policies and institutions across Commonwealth countries in Africa.
Eligibility for this program is extended to any citizen of a Commonwealth nation in Africa, aged between 21 and 65, with a minimum of five years' work experience in the realm of cybersecurity. This experience spans various fields, including law, policymaking, telecommunications, academia, and related sectors.
Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, urged all eligible candidates to seize this remarkable opportunity, emphasizing the pressing importance of cybersecurity in today's interconnected world. Cybercrime is a global issue, and collective action is essential to safeguard our online domain effectively.
Secretary-General Patricia Scotland noted, "Our fellowship is not only an opportunity; it is a call to action. It brings together experts from different sectors – who might not usually collaborate – to harness their expertise and craft solutions that will enable us all to enjoy the benefits of the internet without worry."
Interested applicants have until 23:59 GMT on December 10, 2023, to submit their documents for consideration. The fellowship program is supported by the United Kingdom's International Development Office and aligns with the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration, a framework established in 2018 to promote a secure and prosperous cyberspace for the 2.5 billion citizens of the Commonwealth.
Article by Nyokabi Wanjiku