Skip to main content Fellowship Programme is a project funded under Horizon 2020 that aims at building the human European network of ICT Standard Experts. The main topic for the 9th Open Call will be “IoT, Cloud and Edge“. Applications are open to individuals or natural persons residing in the European Member States and Associate Countries from both public and private sectors, industry and service companies including SMEs and start-ups, academia and research, and national and European associations.

In particular, the target of open calls are European specialists who:

  • have profound knowledge in one of the priority areas covered by the Open Calls;
  • have experience regarding developments of standards, e.g., in SDOs, , in groups set-up by the EC, or when creating documentation in open source developments;
  • are not receiving support from other instruments (PPPs, EU or national R&I projects) for the proposed activities, and are not being funded from other sources for an identical activity.

Three types of proposals can be funded under the 2023 Open Calls:

LT – Long term contribution (with travel option)

  • Description: Contribution to ongoing standards development as a chair or member of an SDO WG. E.g. comments on standards development and drafts, attending meetings also as an observer, paying membership or registration fees.
  • Maximum Contract Duration: 6 months
  • Funding Range: €5,000 – €10,000

ST – Short-Term contributions (with travel option)

  • Description: Contribution to standards documentation e.g. liaison to WG, comments on standards drafts, participation at meeting paying membership or registration fees.
  • Maximum Contract Duration: 3 months
  • Funding Range: €3,000 – €7,000

OS – One-Shot contributions

  • Description: Support to ensure participation at workshop or event (e.g., participant, observer, presentation)
  • Maximum Contract Duration: 3 months
  • Funding Range: Up to €3,000

Eligible costs include:

  • Personal Working Effort 
  • Travel
  • Event registration fee(s)
  • Membership fee(s) for SDO & SSO organisations

Please note that only the first 70 (seventy) eligible applications submitted in response to the call, taken in chronological order according to the time-stamp of submission will be evaluated by the External Pool of Evaluators for funding.

For more details on the call and the list of topics from the Rolling Plan of the Multi-Stakeholder Platform for ICT Standardisation, please use the following link.

The deadline to apply is 15 February 2022, 17:00 CET.


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Target audience

  • Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.

Digital technology / specialisation

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet of Things
  • Big Data
  • Robotics
  • Cloud Computing
  • 5G
  • Quantum Computing

Digital skill level

  • Advanced
  • Digital Expert

Geographic Scope - Country

  • European Union

Industry - Field of Education and Training

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
  • Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

Target group

  • High Achievers
  • Persons with 0-3 years work experience
  • Persons with 3-10 years work experience
  • Persons who have completed tertiary education (EQF 6)

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