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Call for Applications- Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) Fellowship 2023

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) welcomes applications for the 3rd Edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) Fellowship. Successful applicants will participate in the four-month virtual fellowship program from 1 August 2023 to 30 November 2023.

Paradigm Initiative works to connect under-served young Africans with digital opportunities and ensures the protection of their rights. 

Across regional offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe and beyond, the organisation works to impact their livelihoods through digital inclusion and digital rights programs.

Through DRILL, Paradigm Initiative seeks to host innovative learning around digital rights and inclusion in Africa and serve as a space for enhanced capacity and networking. This is an opportunity for fellows to be embedded in the digital rights and inclusion ecosystem.


  • Potential candidates must be early-career individuals with at least two years of experience as technology or social innovators, researchers, policy experts, and/or entrepreneurs.
  • Fellows must have relevant postgraduate qualifications and be exceptional individuals who will bring new learnings and innovations and gain exposure to the digital ecosystem.


Fellows’ Responsibilities 

  • Fellows will be expected to dedicate at least 10 hours per month to the fellowship spread across two meetings and assigned activities during the fellowship.
  • The fellows will be expected to publish research and deliver an advocacy campaign on digital rights or digital inclusion in Africa.
  • Fellows may have an opportunity to travel to the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) in April 2024 in Accra, Ghana and host a session.
  • The fellowship will end with a closing ceremony on 8 December 2023. The fellowship is open to potential fellows living in Africa.


Fellowship Benefits

  • PIN will provide a US$500  stipend to the selected fellows, covering participation in the Fellowship. 
  • Fellow submissions will be published on PIN’s website and shared with the digital rights community.
  • Fellows will be connected to industry experts who will lead sessions.
  • Fellows will have an opportunity to join the Net Rights Coalition for continuous engagements.
  • PIN will cover communications costs associated with fellow activities and provide opportunities for fellows to be embedded within the digital rights ecosystem. 
  • The fellowship will provide editorial and technical support for reports/Policy Briefs and guidance on advocacy campaigns


Application and Timeline

This application call is open from 4 July 2023 until  12 July 2023. The selection process will be finalised at the end of July, with successful Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab fellows expected to resume in August through to November 2023. Interested candidates are invited to apply using the link:

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    1. Hello Sadiq, we wish you all the best. Please apply via this link:

  1. This would be a good opportunity to learn and network fellow young Africans who digitally or tech inclined.

  2. Good afternoon. I don’t see any link to apply for the fellowship. How do I apply?

    1. I am just getting the information and I want to apply but it’s showing it’s no longer accepting response.
      What can I do Sir/ma.

  3. I am a University student in my final year and I have all the career requirements, do I stand a chance ?

  4. I am Paul Owubokiri from Nigeria, I really interested. I would be so grateful to be selected, Pls where link to apply

  5. It’s super amazing knowing of this Esteemed organization.
    As a young Entrepreneur I will look forward to making myself of Value to it vehemently.

  6. OTTOU RENDJOGO Oswald Judicaël,de nationalité gabonaise, Détenteur d’un Bachelor en Sciences des administrations à Ghana institut of Mangement and Public Administration ( GIMPA) depuis 2021.Je suis intéressé par l’opportunité offerte ici en vue me perfectionner dans le numérique.

  7. Great initiative.
    I have a question though, concerning the qualifications,does that mean someone with a an undergraduate degree can not apply?

  8. This will be a great opportunity and a platform for young and innovative Africans like myself. I’m applying right away

  9. Good More.
    I have not seen any link to apply.
    Can the link be sheared to my email address.

  10. Hello, without a Master’s degree but interested in digital inclusion advocacy as a media worker, can i still apply?

  11. This is quite a good initiative but it is not inclusive. it has shut out people with disabilities as well as some vulnerable communities who can actually benefit from this and has a lot to share. The eligibility condition are bottleneck and prohibitive.

  12. Good afternoon, the link for application is not published. Kindly forward the link. Thanks.

  13. I will be really glad to be part of this program, there is much to learn here. I have applied already and I hope to be among the participants

  14. This is a good opportunity for me to advance my climate advocacy campaign. Thank you the organizers for this initiative.

  15. Is this opportunity open to all nationalities or meant to prioritize specific countries?

  16. Happy to have sent this in good time. Application has been sent, keeping fingers crossed.

  17. Happy to have seen this in good time.
    Application sent…. keeping my fingers crossed.😁

  18. Am Kule Mwesige a Ugandan am interested to join the fellowship how can I start the application.

  19. This is a great opportunity for young Africans and Africa in general. Having capacity is foundational. I hope a similar program targeting mid-career fellows shall be considered in the near future since this is a relatively new domain for many in Africa.

  20. Good morning Paradigme Initiative
    I’m interested to apply to thé opportunity. However, i would like you to give more light on the following (i sent these questions on 8th but you didn’t respond) :

    1- What is the age limit to be eligible ?

    2- What are the eligible countries (because you listed some countries in the call)?

    3- Should the application be submitted in english or french ?

    4- The 500 USD stipends are monthly or for the four months fellowship period?

    5- Is it compulsory for an Applicant to have experience in digital technology? Or any other expérience can work?

  21. Am very much interested in the training. Am here to promote disability inclusion

  22. I am an Indian, But want to work towards this field. I am currently trying to work in India for about the same too. Am i eligible??

  23. Today is still 12th and the application form is already closed. Kindly reopen so some of us can still submit our application, at least till 11.59pm today 12th July

  24. Good Day, what time is submission deadline? I was attempting to submit, but the form is no longer accepting responses.

  25. Good evening,

    Is it possible to apply now. Got late information and by the time managed to start application, link was closed. Will be great full if link can remain open one more day .

  26. Hello

    I am just about to apply for the Fellowship and it says no longer accepting response. it is 7:02pm WAT right now whereas the advert stated the deadline to be July 12th, 2023 but did not include an time zones. Using the WAT time zone where i operate from, it means there is still another five hours to go before the deadline expires. I am surprised to get a feedback stating no longer accepting responses when i tried to apply few minutes ago. Could there be an error on the website? I am interested in applying to the Fellowship and I will be glad if i wont be denied the opportunity. Looking forward to your response. Thank you

  27. We can’t wait for this program to begin. I was emailed that the shortlist will be out on the 27th July. I pray to be among the successful ones.

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