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The Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (CILD in Italian) is the first multi-issue human-rights organization of this kind based in Italy and one of the fastest growing advocacy coalitions in Europe. Since its launch in 2014, the initial group of 13 founders has grown to 34 national NGOs covering a wide range of human rights issues.

We bring together like-minded civil society organizations around policy priorities and we design and implement advocacy and communication strategies in order to have a greater impact on public debate and policy-making process. We do so by connecting Italian NGOs with local and international organizations and key practitioners, harnessing the potential of digital media for public education, lobbying the government and undertaking strategic legal action.

Our focus is currently on results-driven impact on shaping the public debate and influencing policy in the following strategic areas:

  • Privacy
  • Online surveillance
  • Access to Information
  • Export of surveillance and military technology

Potential fellows are also invited to imagine a specific project or activity that they will execute to help the advancement of civil liberties in Italy and Europe.

Successful fellowship projects are high-impact initiatives that engage broad audiences to inform, raise awareness, mobilize. We are also interested in creating connections and building synergies between our members and fellows’ projects, so we strongly encourage intersectional projects and initiatives.

Fellows may come from different backgrounds and may include advocates and activists, educators, lawyers, journalists, researchers, policy analysts – and those whose practice doesn’t fit into categories!


The fellow will work with the Lead of the Civil Liberties in the Digital Age Programme (“CLIDA”).

Over the course of the fellowship, activities will include:  

  • Monitoring the public debate and the policy under discussion by the parliament and the government  
  • Researching on the issues, with a focus on the law, media and public opinion components
  • Regularly publishing updates and features on CILD’s website
  • Producing papers, reports, learning and communications material
  • Participating in CILD’s internal meetings (remotely)
  • Providing knowledge and up to date information to CILD’s team and member organizations
  • Managing training sessions for CILD’s member organizations
  • Organizing at least one public event in relation to the research project

Fellows are also expected to represent CILD in meetings and public events, both attending and presenting activities or research.


  • Excellent written and spoken knowledge of Italian and English
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Italian and international state of the art of the issues at stake
  • Strong analytic and communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups, media, governmental entities, and the general public.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A commitment to the advancement of human rights

The fellowship can be conducted remotely but fellows are expected to meet with the team in person every 6-8 weeks, as needed.


The fellowship runs from April 18th through December 18th.


Fellows are offered a total stipend of 4,500 euros (to be paid in monthly installments) plus a travel allowance of 500 euros.
Fellows who are based in Rome will have access to desks/workspaces at CILD’s office.

Application Process

To apply for a fellowship, we’ll ask you to submit information about yourself and your work, including:

  • cover letter;
  • resume or CV;
  • work samples;
  • project summary or brief (1000 word) proposal

Send your information to with the object “Fellowship – CLIDA” by April 21st.

Successful applicants will be alerted end of April 2017, with a public announcement to follow.

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