Call For Applications | CyberBRICS Fellowship Programme 2024

Hosted by the Center for Technology and Society at FGV Law School, Rio de Janeiro, part of
the Fellows in Rio Programme

Deadline for applications: 10 December 2023

The Center for Technology and Society at FGV Law School, Rio de Janeiro – FGV DIREITO RIO is
pleased to announce the 2024 edition of the CyberBRICS Fellowship Programme, which is part of
the FGV DIREITO RIO’s Fellows in Rio initiative.

The program aims to support a selected group of highly qualified postgraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students working in the area related to the activities of the 2024 work plan of the
CyberBRICS project, namely artificial intelligence, digital industrial policy, and regulation, with
a particular focus on cloud computing and digital public infrastructures in Brazil, Russia, India,
China, and South Africa (BRICS).

The programme will offer five fellowships for a duration of up to 6 (six) months, ideally from
March to October 2024, at FGV DIREITO RIO, providing economic, intellectual, and networking
resources to support selected scholars coming from the BRICS or having relevant experience in at
least one of the BRICS countries. Fellows might also be able to extend the CyberBRICS Fellowship
for an additional period.

About FGV

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) is a world-renowned institution of research and quality education.
Since 2021, FGV is ranked as the third most influential think tank in the world, according to the
Global Go To Think Tanks Index, produced by the Pennsylvania University.


The Center for Technology and Society at FGV Law School, Rio de Janeiro was founded in 2003,
becoming the first research centre to have been established in Brazil to analyse the impact of
technology on society. The mission of CTS-FGV is to study the legal, social, and cultural implications
arising from the advancement of information and communication technologies. CTS-FGV is
committed to openness, democracy, fundamental rights, inclusion, gender balance and nondiscrimination, and the preservation of the public interest in technological progress.

About the CyberBRICS project

The CyberBRICS project, the only existing research project dedicated to the analysis of digital
policies in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries, and has been
established at CTS-FGV, since 2018. The triple purpose of the CyberBRICS project is to map existing
regulations, identify good and bad practices, and suggest policy solutions. Particularly, the project
aims at exploring the conditions and reasons that have led to “success stories” in terms of digital
transformation in the BRICS countries. The project builds upon the work developed since its
inception, in terms of research outcomes, strong international network and academic credibility.

BRICS countries are particularly relevant not only as they represent more than 30% of global GDP
and approximately 42% of the world population, but because the policies, institutional arrangements,
and technologies they are developing are increasingly influential, especially in the Global South. Such
relevance is likely to increase considering the recent expansion of the BRICS grouping, including six
new members. Although the national approaches of the BRICS countries remain different in many
respects, they tend towards convergence in several areas of digital governance. Importantly, since
2021, the BRICS heads of state have started to explicitly call for the establishment of “legal
frameworks of cooperation” on crucial issues such as cybersecurity and e-commerce.

Professor Luca Belli and Dr Larissa Magalhães coordinate the CyberBRICS project and can be
contacted for further enquiries at luca.belli [at] and larissamagalhaes [at]

Further information on the CyberBRICS Project, including, research outcomes, events, previous and
current fellows, and team members can be found at


The selection process will follow two stages. The First Stage consist of evaluation of the following
documents (from 10 to 12 December 2023)]
● i. Curriculum Vitae (Brazilian candidates should send their CV in Lattes format)
● ii. Links to two (2) samples of published material, in English, in at least one of the
CyberBRICS project areas (i.e. cybersecurity, Internet access, digital transformation, digital
public infrastructures, AI policy, governance, and regulation).
● iii. A reference letter

The Second Stage will consist of interviews with selected candidates (from 13 to 15 December
2023). FGV DIREITO RIO will release the results of the selective process by 18 December 2023.


Applicants should preferably be nationals of one of the BRICS countries or having any nationality but
an affiliation with an academic institution in one of the BRICS countries. Applicants should be
currently pursuing or have recently completed a doctoral degree in law or in political science,
computer science or economics. Candidates must have perfect command of the English language
and demonstrate they have already published research outputs in English.

Applications from candidates holding a masters degree and demonstrating relevant professional
working experience in one of the issue areas of the project will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
We strongly encourage applications from members of BIPOC communities, immigrants and
refugees, and LGBTQ+ individuals.


Documents to be submitted:
A. Curriculum Vitae. Brazilian candidates should send their CV in Lattes format.
B. Links to two (2) samples of published material in English, in at least one of the CyberBRICS
project areas (i.e. cybersecurity, Internet access, digitalisation of public administration)
C. A reference letter
Documents shall be emailed to the FGV DIREITO RIO International Affairs Secretariat at with the following Subject: “CyberBRICS Fellowship – candidate’s name”.

Application deadline: 10 December 2023


The 5 (five) candidates approved in the selection process will begin their activities ideally in March. The fellowship’s start date and end date may be negotiated, on a case-by-case basis, to meet the
special needs of the candidates.

Selected candidates must submit to the Human Resources Department of FGV DIREITO RIO all
documents required for the fellowship agreement. Please note that FGV DIREITO RIO will provide
assistance and supporting documentation, but non-Brazilian candidates will be ultimately responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa (VITEM 1) at the local Brazilian Embassy or Consulate and all necessary authorisation for living and working in Brazil.

Selected candidates are expected to work at FGV DIREITO RIO venue, in praia de Botafogo 190, Rio
de Janeiro, during the entire fellowship period. Any substantial absences should be agreed with the
programme coordinators.


Selected CyberBRICS Research Fellows holding a PhD will receive up to 6 (six) installments of R$
8.500 per month
, depending on the agreed duration of the fellowship. Selected CyberBRICS Research
Fellows holding a masters degree and proven working experience (and/or currently pursuing a PhD)
will receive up to 6 (six) instalments of R$ 7.500 per month, depending on the agreed duration of the
fellowship. (Generally, fellows need to use only around half of the remuneration for their basic
expenses (housing and food)).

Selected candidates may apply for travel support i.e. airplane tickets in economy class funded by the
Center for Technology and Society at FGV. Selected candidate holding a PhD will be able to
obtain a Postdoctoral certificate issued by the postgraduate programme of FGV Rio Law

A Brazilian bank account, including a Brazilian credit and debit card, will be opened, as a courtesy to
each selected candidate upon arrival, to facilitate the reception of the salary. The account will be
opened and may be closed at the end of the fellowship for no additional expenses.


The CyberBRICS Fellowship will cover the period spanning from March 2024 to October 2024,
although the beginning and ending of the fellowship period may be postponed, with the agreement of
the project coordinators. The Fellowship will last up to 6 (six) months. The fellowship’s start date
and end date may be negotiated, on a case-by-case basis, depending on the candidate’s special needs.

CyberBRICS Fellows are expected to work from their office at FGV DIREITO RIO, in Praia de
Botafogo 190, Rio de Janeiro
, from Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM. CyberBRICS Fellows
will be free to pursue their non-CyberBRICS-related research during this time as long as this will not
prejudice the fulfilment of their CyberBRICS Fellowship obligations.


The main responsibilities of CyberBRICS Fellows 2024 will be to conduct research on artificial
intelligence, digital industrial policy and regulation
, with particular regard on cloud computing
and digital public infrastructures in one of the BRICS
(Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South
Africa). Fellows will be required to give presentations and teach a limited number of classes to
undergrad and master students.

Fellows will have the obligation to define a research plan including the minimum research outputs and
presentations they commit to deliver.

CyberBRICS Fellows will be expected to participate and present their work in faculty research
seminars and workshops
developed by FGV DIREITO RIO and a wide range of partner
organisations, including the Brazilian government, international organisations, businesses, and civil
society organisations.

In case they wish to do so, besides their research and teaching commitments, CyberBRICS Fellows
will be free to: (i) deliver lectures (undergraduate or graduate levels) on subjects of their interest; (ii)
promote professional coaching for students of the undergraduate and masters programs; (iii) orient,
tutor or participate in the evaluation of thesis and dissertations of undergraduate students; (iv) join
ongoing research projects or engage in collaborative research with FGV DIREITO RIO professors;
(v) offer courses in English to FGV DIREITO RIO students; (vi) cooperate in the activities of the
LLM and Doctoral programmes in Regulation.