What is the ECCRI European Cybersecurity Fellowship?

The ECCRI European Cybersecurity Fellowship is a year-long program to develop highly talented young European professionals who are interested in accelerating their career in cybersecurity policy.

Who sponsors the 2023-2024 fellowship?

The 2023-2024 fellowship is made possible through institutional collaborations with Microsoft, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Malta, and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

When is the application period for the next fellowship?

The next call for applications opens in December 2023.

What are the eligibility criteria to apply for the ECCRI European Cybersecurity Fellowship?

To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Residence: Must reside in a European country.
  • Age: Must be under 35 years old at the time of application.
  • Language Proficiency: Must be highly proficient in English.
  • Interest: Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in cybersecurity, European policy, and the role of technology in democracy. They should also showcase maturity, strong social skills, flexibility, and open-mindedness.
  • Academic & Professional Achievement: Must demonstrate high-level academic and/or professional achievement or potential.
  • Travel and Interaction: Candidates should be comfortable with travel and engaging with a multinational, co-ed group of participants from various parts of Europe.

What is the duration of the fellowship?

The ECCRI European Cybersecurity Fellowship lasts for one year.

What is the application process?

Applicants need to submit an essay and their CV. Essay topics will be announced during the call for applications.
The selection process is highly competitive as we receive applications from many talented professionals across Europe. We encourage applicants to thoroughly prepare and showcase their passion and expertise in cybersecurity policy.

Who can apply for the fellowship?

We are looking for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including government, civil society, the private sector, journalism and academia, with a strong interest in cyber security and a passion for driving change.

Can I reapply if I am not selected?

Yes, unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years, taking feedback into account, and showcasing further developments in their career or academic pursuits.

What support do fellows receive?

Fellows participate in regular career and skills-building workshops led by top experts. Topics range from writing effective op-eds to understanding EU cyber policy and technical threat intelligence.
Fellows also receive support in policy-related writing and have priority editorial access to Binding Hook, ECCRI’s media outlet.

Are there any financial grants available for fellows?

Yes, fellows can apply for travel grants to attend major cybersecurity events. In addition, networking events, and updates about the latest opportunities in the field are provided.