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.

Fellows will participate in a series of online and in-person workshops and events with experts from the field, investigating issues and themes in contemporary cybersecurity and building practical skills in debate and analysis.

Fellows will also receive support in writing for policy, gain access to networking opportunities and linked events supported by ECCRI.

The fellowship is led by Max Smeets, Co-Director of ECCRI, and Patryk Pawlak, Part-Time Professor at the European University Institute’s (EUI) Robert Schuman Centre and the Project Director for the Global Initiative on the Future of the Internet (GIFI).

2023-2024 fellowship

2024-2025 Fellowship cohort will start in April, 2024.

Through my fellowship with ECCRI, I’ve had the privilege of delving deep into the ever-evolving world of cyber conflict, gaining valuable insights into the complex and dynamic landscape of cyber warfare, and learning from thought leaders in the field.
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Simona Autolitano
International Relations Officer, Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
2022-2023 European Cybersecurity Fellow
I am very grateful to have been part of the ECCRI fellowship and to still be part of this vibrant and expanding network. I greatly enjoyed learning from each of the fellows and the comraderie of the group. Moreover, I can't thank the organizers enough for facilitating regular exchanges with other leading practitioners and academics in the field of cyber security and internet governance.
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Cedric Amon
Research Associate, Multilateral Dialogue Geneva Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
2022-2023 European Cybersecurity Fellow
Doing a fellowship at ECCRI provided me the opportunity to contribute to the policy work being done in cybersecurity using my practitioner experience in threat intelligence. I was lucky to be part of the first cohort with other fellows who are talented experts in their fields. The ECCRI staff created a great program to support our career development and intellectual interests, and I really enjoyed my year being involved in this community!
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Saher Naumaan
Principal Threat Intelligence Analyst, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
2022-2023 European Cybersecurity Fellow
The ECCRI fellowship was an extraordinary, action-packed year, involving regular opportunities to learn from and discuss timely issues with the luminaries of the cybersecurity field. It goes without saying that among these luminaries were my fellow fellows themselves; a formidable, multidisciplinary cohort of experts from whom I was grateful to have had the opportunity to learn so much, and the first of hopefully many fellowship cohorts in a growing community that I'm delighted to be a part of.
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Jiro Minier
Lead, Threat Intelligence Research & Analysis, Deutsche Cyber-Sicherheitsorganisation
2022-2023 European Cybersecurity Fellow

Alumni

Name
Fellowship Program
Year
Alexander Martin
2022-2023
Alexandra Paulus
2022-2023
Andrzej Kozłowski
2022-2023
Arthur Laudrain
2022-2023
Ayhan Gücüyener Evren
2022-2023
Cedric Amon
2022-2023
Jakob Bund
2022-2023
Jiro Minier
2022-2023
Julien Strandt
2022-2023
Natalia Kadenko
2022-2023
Nikolas Ott
2022-2023
Saher Naumaan
2022-2023
Simona Autolitano
2022-2023
Triantafyllos Kouloufakos
2022-2023

FAQ

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.

Are there any fees to apply?

No, there are no application fees.

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.

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.

Support

If you would like to support the fellowship program please contact us at
Fellowship@eccri.eu.