Suguru Yamaguchi Fellowship Program

FIRST recognizes the need of integrating security teams in unrepresented countries or region 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:

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, with national coordination responsibility for a particular sector – for example, all government networks, private networks, educational networks, or a combination of those three.

Since the intent of this program is to support potential future FIRST teams who may not otherwise be able to attend a FIRST conference, applicants must be non-member teams.

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 programs and community.

FIRST Fellowship Application Form

Please note: You will first be asked to register with the FIRST Portal prior to completing the application form. If you need assistance with the FIRST Portal, kindly contact

If you have questions about the fellowship program, please contact

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.

Fukuoka 2024


The following teams were admitted into the FIRST Fellowship Program. These are relative start dates only, continued participation is contingent on selected participants continuing to meet our program requirements.



Teams selected for 2022 were CERT-PH (Philippines) and gmCSIRT (Gambia). They are joined by the current Fellows at the conference in Dublin or online participation:


The following new teams were selected for 2020/2021 but their participation was delayed (limited?) due to the cancellation of the in-person conference.


2019 participants


2018 participants


2017 participants


2016 participants


2015 participants


Note: bdCERT, PacCERT & CIRT-GY have been discontinued.