Call to Participate in the Building Wireless Community Networks Course (Scholarship)

Internet Society

The Working Group on the Creation of Capacity and Development of Human Resources of CITEL, in coordination with the CITEL Secretariat, has as the main objective to strengthen the efforts of CITEL in terms of scholarships and training in courses of interest to the CITEL/OAS Member States.

In follow-up to the CITEL course program for 2023 (COM/CITEL RES. 320 (XL-22)) and thanks to the generous offer of 300 scholarships from the Internet Society (ISOC) responding to its commitment to the ICT Alliance 2030 Americas, and in accordance with the objective of “Promoting the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people around the world”, we are pleased to announce the launch of the scholarship for Building Wireless Community Networks course, which will be held online from 17 July to 25 August 2023.

The deadline for registration is 5 July 2023 (23:59 EST, Washington, D.C.).

Course Overview

The course consists of training community members in wireless technology and Wi-Fi equipment, which uses the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz spectrum bands to create community-owned and operated wireless networks, allowing them to not only run and manage these networks, but also transfer knowledge.

Specific Objectives

  • Acquire basic concepts of the creation of wireless community networks.
  • Know experiences so that the student has references on how to efficiently design wireless community networks.
  • Acquire the necessary knowledge to design an implementation plan for wireless community networks.
  • Transfer knowledge about wireless community networks to others in the community.

Participant Profile

  • OAS member states
  • CITEL associate members
  • Telecommunication and/or ICT ministries and secretariats of OAS member states
  • Regulatory bodies for the telecommunication/ICT sector of OAS member states
  • Regional organizations
  • Telecommunication/ICT professionals and technicians
  • Civil society, and
  • Other interested communities

Dates, Location, and Course Type

The course will be taught by distance learning (online) from 17 July to 25 August 2023 (6 weeks). It will be held in Spanish and English, with a course load of 8 hours a week.

There is a total of 300 scholarships being granted (250 scholarships to Spanish-speaking participants and 50 to English speaking participants).

Key Information

Course modeDistance learning course (online)
Course dates17 July to 25 August 2023
Instruction languageSpanish and English
Benefits100% coverage of the course registration and fees
Study materials
Certificate issued by Internet Society/CITEL-OAS.
Number of scholarships offered300 full scholarships
(250 to Spanish-speaking participants and 50 to English-speaking participants), offered on a “first come, first serve” basis
Registration deadline5 July 2023 (23:59 EST, Washington, D.C.)
Announcement of selected scholarship recipients10 July 2023 (12:00 EST, Washington, D.C.)


  • A citizen or permanent resident of any OAS member state.

Application and Selection Process

  • Complete the online application form by 5 July 2023.
  • The selection of participants for the course/scholarship will be made on a “first come, first serve” basis.
  • The list of selected scholarship recipients shall be published on 10 July 2023, at 12:00 pm (EST, Washington, DC time) on the websites of CITEL and the Internet Society.
  • Scholarship recipients must officially accept the scholarship by filling out and signing the Scholarship Acceptance Form that CITEL and the Internet Society will send you online. If for any reason confirmation has not been received before the course begins or if a selected participant is unable to attend the course, the scholarship shall be given to the following person on the list of those who registered.
  • If you have already been granted a CITEL scholarship over the past six (6) months or if you are currently a scholarship beneficiary for another CITEL course, you are NOT eligible to apply to the present scholarship.
  • The participant must complete a course satisfaction questionnaire that shall be provided at the end of the program

Announcement of the Results

On 10 July 2023, at 12:00 pm, CITEL and the Internet Society will publish the results on their respective websites. We will only contact the persons appearing on the published list.

For further information about this course, please contact Roberto Zambrana ([email protected]) and María Celeste Fuenmayor ([email protected]).

The applications are now closed.

Note: The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (SG / OAS) reserves the right to cancel this scholarship announcement at any time during the process. The OAS, SG / OAS, CITEL, and ISOC and their staff will not be responsible for any action that results from the information in this announcement.