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About the program

This fellowship is only open to female applicants aged 18-28 who are citizens and residents of African countries.

Due to the generosity of our partners and donors, beneficiaries of the CyberGirls Fellowship owning a personal computer is a requirement to participate in the fellowship

The training is fully virtual for all beneficiaries of the fellowship program with a few in-person gatherings in beneficiary countries. However, we have a residential program for exceptional beneficiaries that will require their physical presence at our residential hub.

Yes. The training takes you through basic digital literacy to intermediate cybersecurity skills. The participant is only required to have a high interest in pursuing a career in cybersecurity.

The training commences on 24th March 2023 till 23rd October 2023.

The training holds on weekdays (Mondays to Fridays) from 10:00 to 14:00 WAT (West African Time) except for National Holidays in Nigeria.

The CyberGirls Fellowship Program is free. You would not be required to make any payments before admission or during the program.

The Fellowship is intensive and will require active and engaged participation to successfully create a meaningful fellowship experience.

Fellows will commit to:

  • Devoting at least 4 hours daily to training and other fellowship activities
  • Collaborating with other fellows to work on class activities, group projects, and external presentations
  • Participating in the full programming of the fellowship including masterclasses, mentoring sessions, technical competitions (e.g., capture the flag), open days, coaching sessions, and other internal activities.
  • Contributing their knowledge, leadership, creativity, and voice to other Foundation programs. Whether serving as volunteers, mentors, or facilitating local trainings.
  • Only the best CyberGirls beneficiaries who successfully complete the training will graduate and upon graduation, will (based on availability and suitability) be offered internship/job placement opportunities within Africa and across the world.

    The learning journey begins with cybersecurity fundamentals and moves on to more specialised niche cybersecurity learning paths which fellows will decide on midway through the fellowship. These paths include Threat Intelligence, Cloud Security, Penetration/Vulnerability Testing, Governance Risk and Compliance, Incident Analysis/Response (SOC Analyst Level 1), and Web Application Testing/DevSecOps.

    You will also be exposed to opportunities such as mentoring sessions with leading female cybersecurity professionals, hands-on coaching sessions, masterclasses, and fireside chats with leaders from across the world, and a landscape that connects you with other budding cybersecurity talents in Africa.

    Q: Can anyone in Africa apply for the fellowship?

    :: This fellowship is only open to female applicants aged 18-28 who are citizens and residents of African countries.

    Q: Do I have to own a laptop to participate in the fellowship?

    :: Due to the generosity of our partners and donors, beneficiaries of the CyberGirls Fellowship owning a personal computer is a requirement to participate in the fellowship.

    Q: Is the training physical or virtual?

    :: The training is fully virtual for all beneficiaries of the fellowship program with a few in-person gatherings in beneficiary countries. However, we have a residential program for exceptional beneficiaries that will require their physical presence at our residential hub.

    Q: What level of complexity is the training? Is it for beginners?

    :: Yes. The training takes you through basic digital literacy to intermediate cybersecurity skills. The participant is only required to have a high interest in pursuing a career in cybersecurity.

    Q: When are the start and end dates for the training?

    :: The training commences on 24th March 2023 till 23rd October 2023.

    Q: How many days a week and how many hours will the training hold?

    :: The training holds on weekdays (Mondays to Fridays) from 10:00 to 14:00 WAT (West African Time) except for National Holidays in Nigeria.

    Q: How much would it cost to join the fellowship program?

    :: The CyberGirls Fellowship Program is free. You would not be required to make any payments before admission or during the program.

    About You

    Yes, Fellows must be fluent in spoken and written English as all programming is conducted in English.

    It is important to us that applicants with disabilities can fully participate in our process. The Foundation will provide reasonable accommodations deemed necessary for qualified applicants and Fellows to participate in the selection process and in the Fellowship. If you are a qualified applicant and require a reasonable accommodation to complete the application, please contact the admissions team.

    The Foundation covers visas, transportation, and accommodation for all compulsory out-of-country in-person convenings. While we can provide support in procuring visas for voluntary in-person convenings, fellows are responsible for covering any visa costs.

    Q: Is English proficiency required?

    :: Yes, Fellows must be fluent in spoken and written English as all programming is conducted in English.

    Q: How does the Foundation accommodate applicants and Fellows living with disabilities and medical conditions?

    :: It is important to us that applicants with disabilities can fully participate in our process. The Foundation will provide reasonable accommodations deemed necessary for qualified applicants and Fellows to participate in the selection process and in the Fellowship. If you are a qualified applicant and require a reasonable accommodation to complete the application, please contact the admissions team.

    Q: Do I need to cover the costs of travel for the Fellowship gatherings?

    :: The Foundation covers visas, transportation, and accommodation for all compulsory out-of-country in-person convenings. While we can provide support in procuring visas for voluntary in-person convenings, fellows are responsible for covering any visa costs.

    About the application process

    Absolutely! We would be happy to receive applications from applicants who did not make it into this cohort, provided they are still eligible.

    Beneficiaries of other CyberSafe Foundation programs are welcome to apply to the CyberGirls Fellowship provided they are not currently undergoing training.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply if they will be between the ages of 18 – 28 as of the commencement of the fellowship – on 24th March 2023

    References are an integral part of the CyberGirls application process. You must supply the names of two referees when you submit your application. Please select your referees carefully. They should be people who can comment on your general suitability to join the fellowship. Referees should be known to you, either in an academic or professional capacity. They should not be a relative or close personal friend.

    No, you cannot. Once an application has been submitted it cannot be retracted or edited. We advise that you complete the application form with extra care in a relaxed environment to avoid any mistakes.

    To complete the application you are to attach a valid means of identification. A valid means of identification would be one that supports your nationality claim. Our preferred means of identification are your international passport or national identity card.

    Q: If I am not chosen, can I apply again in the future?

    :: Absolutely! We would be happy to receive applications from applicants who did not make it into this cohort, provided they are still eligible.

    Q: Can I apply if I am a beneficiary of another Cybersafe Foundation program?

    :: Beneficiaries of other CyberSafe Foundation programs are welcome to apply to the CyberGirls Fellowship provided they are not currently undergoing training.

    Q: Can I apply if I am almost 18?

    :: Applicants are encouraged to apply if they will be between the ages of 18 – 28 as of the commencement of the fellowship – on 24th March 2023

    Contact the CyberGirls Admissions Team

    If you have any questions on the admission process please refer to the FAQs. If you still need to contact us, send an email to our admissions team at [email protected] or call us on +234 815 7589 260