Fellowship Programme

In 2013, Least Developed Countries (LDC) comprised more than 880 million people (about 12 per cent of world population), but account for less than 2 percent of world GDP and about 1 percent of global trade in goods. However, internet access in these countries is continuing to rise, and provides great benefits to the population of these nations. Bandwidth and connectivity do bring problems along- greater access for miscreants to do bad things and greater need to response teams to help mitigate these.

FIRST recognizes the need of integrating security teams in these countries into the global incident response community. As part of the FIRST Fellowship, FIRST annually offers up to two teams from these countries the ability to participate in the FIRST community.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Up to two heavily discounted passes for the annual FIRST Conference on Computer Security and Incident Handling per team, over the course of five years.
  • FIRST membership at a greatly reduced cost over a five year period, provided they meet the minimum membership requirements within a year of attending the conference.

Throughout the process, each applicant team will have a point of contact at FIRST which they can use to be introduced to other relevant teams, and whom they can contact with questions regarding the membership application process.

Potential applicants must be computer security incident response teams based in a LDC country, with national coordination responsibility for a particular sector – for example, all government networks, private networks, educational networks, or a combination of those three.

Teams must formally apply and will be selected based on their maturity and ability to grow into a successful incident response team, able to participate in the FIRST programmes and community.

Teams that are interested in applying are invited to contact FIRST at fellowship@first.org to obtain an application form. In addition to the application form, they must provide:

  • A motivation letter summarizing why the team would like to participate in the FIRST Fellowship. There is no specific mandatory format.
  • Three references from the Incident Response community which the team has worked with. These are not required to be FIRST members, though member references are preferred.

Download Application for the FIRST Fellowship Program.


Application deadlines:

FIRST will accept applications to the Fellowship Program year round. The earlier you submit, the more opportunity you will have for feedback and to make updates if requested. The following dates are deadlines for the noted decision periods.

Berlin 2015
Application Period 1: October 31, 2014 | Decision: December 31, 2014
Application Period 2: March 31, 2015 | Decision: April 30, 2015


Selected teams:

Succesful applicants for the Boston 2014 Fellowship Program will be publicly announced shortly after December 31st, 2013.


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