European Technology Policy Fellowship 2022
Do I need to relocate?
You will need to come to Brussels for the one-week in-person bootcamp. We will cover transport, food and accommodation costs. If you undertake a placement/internship, you may need to move to where your host institution operates or you may be able to work remotely. (We recommend being on site to get the most from the experience).
I already have a job / am in full time study, can I still participate?
That’s fine - you can still apply and make this clear. We’ll take this into consideration. You can do the study group after hours but you will need to take a week off for the bootcamp. We will then help you apply for jobs after the bootcamp.
When exactly does the programme start?
The readings will be sent out by the end of June and the weekly discussion groups will begin in the week of July 18 2022. The bootcamp runs from either Monday the 29th of August or Monday the 5th of September.
How much are the stipends?
Stipends will be on a per needs basis (if you have dependents, let us know) and are designed to make the placements attractive and available to all potential candidates. We expect most stipends to be between €1.500 and €1.750 per month (although we will consider individual circumstances).
Do I need to prepare for the program?
The first number of weeks will include 4hrs of readings and 1hr of group discussion in the lead up to the 1 week in person bootcamp. No other preparation is required. Once we finalise your particular placement, you may decide to do some preparation in advance of starting on site, to hit the ground running.
What do I need to qualify for the programme?
You need to be an EU citizen
Graduated or graduation date planned within 18 months after finishing the programme (so June 2024 latest)
An undergraduate degree, preferably in fields related to AI, cybersecurity or policy
Interested in a career in the European Tech Policy space, after you have done some basic career research on EU AI Policy career paths
Where exactly does the bootcamp take place?
The exact week is to be determined but will be either the week starting August 29 or September 5, 2022.
Can I apply if I’m not from the EU?
No, unfortunately this fellowship is only open to EU citizens. In future, we may run similar programmes for other geographies such as the UK or Switzerland.
Why are you favouring the EU and EU citizens?
We do so because (with some exceptions) only EU citizens can work for official EU organizations. The goal of this programme is to build up a relevant network within Brussels, which is only useful if you have plenty of chances for a career there.
We started this programme in the EU for the following reasons:
There is a currently a window of opportunity to influence upcoming EU tech regulation
We were able to arrange interesting placements for our trainees due to existing connections
A focus on one geographic area enabled us to tailor the programme better within a limited time frame
When will I know if I’ve been accepted onto the programme?
The deadline for applications is 19th April. We will issue the test tasks to those moving through to the second round within 1-2 weeks and will host final interviews in the first and second week of May. Candidates will be notified by 21st May at the latest.
How can I prepare for the test task and interview?
You can already start developing your understanding of EU institutions and the career path of AI Policy.
What if I don’t know if I want to go into Tech Policy?
One of the major purposes of this programme is to help people, who are unsure, decide whether or not they want to pursue a career in Tech Policy. We will encourage you to look at a broad range of options and to test you fit where possible. You don’t have to be certain that a career in Tech Policy is the right fit for you, you just need to be confident that it’s worth robustly exploring this path. However, it would be good if you already did some career research before you apply to this programme.
Can I find my own placement?
This is not necessary since we have arranged some placements for you. However, if you can arrange your own, that fits with the intentions of the programme, we will consider to support you in that.
How do I know if I’d be a good fit for the programme?
If you are interested in exploring a career in policy and want to robustly test out your fit, explore key topics and meet relevant stakeholders, this programme could be a good fit for you.
What will I be able to put on my CV at the end of this programme?
That you completed Training For Good’s European Technology Policy Fellowship.
Where appropriate you’ll also be able to include that you undertook a ~3.5 month placement in a renowned institute and details of what you accomplished while there. You can ask your hosts for letters of recommendation and reference where possible.
What if I don’t pass the interview round at the placement organisation? What then?
In that case we can assist you with application support for other institutions.
How do I know that the placement/internship will be beneficial and not just a junior “coffee-run” role?
We tried to agree with the placement institutions for you to work on relevant and interesting topics. We strive for placements to be the right mix between placements, contact with EU institutions (for networking) and some operational activities.
How are applications processed? Who will view my application?
Applications will be visible to the members of the Training for Good team and may in some cases be shared with a very limited number of advisors. With your permission we may also share with your host organization for their assessment.
What is the test task in the interview stage and how long will it all take?
The entire application process will take not more than 4-5 hours for those who make it all the way to the final rounds. The test task will take roughly 2 hours and require you to demonstrate basic understanding of AI Policy, writing skills and logical thinking.
Who are the experts / guests during the bootcamp? What’s included?
We are currently working hard on the exact programme for the bootcamp week. You can expect a mix of people working on Tech policy at think tanks, European institutions and experts in writing policy related documents.
Who can you get me internships/placements with? Can you provide a list of potential host organizations? Do I get a say in where I’m placed?
At this stage we have agreed partnerships with CEPS, The Future Society, The Dutch AI Alliance and some other institutions. Our intention is to find you the best placements we can that will match you to their needs and vice versa.
Can I apply if I’m not newly graduated or nearly graduated?
Yes. We are keen to get applications from a broad range of backgrounds.
How many fellows do you plan to have in the cohort?
We aim to have 6 to 12 people in the cohort depending on the quality of applications.
Employment: Will I officially be an employee? Is the stipend taxable? When do I receive the stipend?
We are currently arranging all legal details with the placement organizations. What we know:When you file your taxes you need to provide information on all your taxable income. Keep in mind that most scholarships (including grants, stipendia and fellowships) are also taxable income in most countries.
Can the placements turn into real jobs? If so, when?
We very much hope that the placements will turn into real jobs. Obviously this depends on the fit, on whether or not the host organization is impressed and whether or not they have the capacity or need to take you on. Be aware that placements also offer you a network and valuable career paths for work within the EU’s institutions.
Diversity and Inclusion: This area is notoriously lacking in diversity. What will you do to support diverse fellows?
We recognise the unique challenges that people from underrepresented backgrounds face in fields such as this. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply, and we will work hard to ensure they match with a suitable host organization and receive tailored mentorship and support that will enable them to succeed in their fellowship.