At a glance

Current status:

Applications open:
1 February 2023

Applications due:
22 February 2023

Eligibility & requirements


Youth Ambassador Program

Do you want to:
✓ make a big impact on Internet governance in your community?
✓ receive training and connect with a network of key influencers in the Internet governance sphere?
✓ attend a key Internet event?
✓ gain access to a platform where you can raise your voice on Internet issues that matter to you?

Become an Internet Society Youth Ambassador!

Each year, the Internet Society chooses fifteen young, passionate people to participate in our Youth Ambassador Program, equipping the next generation of Internet leaders to collaborate and innovate for a better world.

Why Apply?

This is 10-month program brings the opportunity to:

  • Attend a significant Internet event, such as the Global IGF, RightsCon or a Regional IGF.
  • Deepen your subject expertise through specific Internet governance online training.
  • Broaden your advocacy, diplomacy, communications, project management, and leadership skills.
  • Engage and collaborate with key Internet stakeholders from around the world.
  • Be mentored by key Internet leaders and experts.
  • Develop the skills and connections needed to make more of an impact in your local community (and beyond!)

Am I Eligible?

If you are an Internet Society member aged 18-30, you can apply.

All applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 18-30 at the date of the submitted application
  • Be comfortable with public speaking and communicating positions
  • Have a high level of reading, speaking and writing skills in English
  • Be able to present a strong interest in Internet governance, project management, advocacy, communications, and diplomacy
  • Have continuous access to the Internet during all the phases of the program
  • Be able to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours per week during the full program duration
  • Have the availability to take part in weekly meetings and webinars
  • Be able to travel and hold a valid passport
  • Not have been previously selected as an Internet Society IGF Youth Ambassador, [email protected] Fellow, or IGF Youth Ambassador

What’s the Selection Process?

There is an annual selection process, with applications for the each intake opening in February. There are two phases to the selection process.

1. Online Application

A selection committee evaluates the best submissions to select the Youth Ambassadors. The selection committee, composed of Internet Society staff, alumni and Chapter/Special Interest Group/Standing Group leaders, attempts to achieve professional, geographical, and gender diversity in the overall selections.

2. Online Internet Governance Course

The highest scoring applicants take an online course on Internet Governance. All participants will be divided into three classes, each with a dedicated tutor to facilitate the learning process.

The 15 top-rated students are chosen for this program.

The Program

As a Youth Ambassador, you are equipped with knowledge and skills to influence policies that defend the Internet while innovating for a better world.

You will also have the opportunity to attend an event especially selected according to your preferences, profile, and location. The events include:

  • The Global IGF
  • A Regional IGF
  • RightsCon 

Find out what you will learn.


22 February 2023, 23:59 UTC

Application submissions close

20 March 2023

Successful candidates for the next round are invited to complete eLearning course

14 April 2023

Deadline for eLearning course completion

Week of 17 April 2023

Ambassadors announced

Week of 24 April 2023

Fellowship kick-off

2023 Program In-kind Sponsors

youth coalition on internet governance logo
YIGF logo
Youth observatory logo

If you would like to support the program through sponsorship, please get in touch with us at [email protected] to discuss how.

Meet Our Ambassadors

The voice of youth matters and the Internet Society plays a significant role [in empowering] the next generation of Internet leaders, [providing] them with the freedom to [put their] voice out [there].”
Having people at eye level makes an enormous difference in softening the intimidation someone in their early career stages might feel by sharing thoughts and asking questions with more experienced professionals.”
We cannot shape the Internet’s future without Youth’s voices – let’s open the doors and let them in! Youth are a vital force to get an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.”
Meet the young changemakers who make up the 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 cohorts of our program.