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Trust and Identity Mentorship Programme – Call for Applicants closes 5th September

Bringing together ambitious young minds and experts in Trust & Identity

As part of its commitment to enable engagement with the R&E community, the Incubator joined forces with the GÉANT Learning and Development (GLAD) to initiate the T&I Incubator Mentorship (TIM) programme. TIM is an initiative that enables a sponsoring NREN to bring together ambitious young minds and subject matter experts to pioneer and prototype new ideas in the T&I field in the GÉANT Trust and Identity Incubator.

A paid internship or work placement

The programme offers a professional 6 months internship (which may be combined with thesis writing) or work placement hosted by the NREN. Students will work in an international team of experts in the Trust and Identity Incubator.

Expert Mentors from T&I and the home NREN

Mentors from the NREN world and SME’s from the Incubation team will act as a source of support and guidance to students as they develop their ideas.  NRENs benefit from enhancing their outreach into university computer science departments and building relationships throughout the community.

The experience of a previous student

Ondřej joined the TIM programme, to work on implementing WebAuthN, a novel way of two factor authentication:

Being a part of the TIM programme was an excellent experience for me. The topic of my work was Enabling WebAuthn technology for SATOSA, which was also a topic of my Bachelor thesis. I was satisfied with the way the communication with the team was taking place. We had a meeting every week where we discussed our progress and possible impediment. If there was a problem, the team was glad to help. We also had a 15 minutes chat every Tuesday where we talked about what we were going to work on that week. I think that the most important thing was having a mentor because when I got stuck, I had someone who could quickly help and save me a lot of time.

There was also a Demo every month during which we presented our progress in the form of a presentation to many people from the Incubator. Those presentations were a tremendous experience because I had never had a presentation in front of so many people in English before. I am also happy that we could meet face to face in Slovenia, where we got to see each other and discuss many things. We also had the opportunity to attend several other interesting presentations. The people in the Incubator were very kind. I thank them for providing this great experience and the understanding they had.” – Ondřej Ernst

Who can take part?

TIM is a GÉANT project funded programme providing a maximum of 3 days per week funding per participant.

TIM is looking for final year Bachelors, Masters or PhD level students in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering or other technology related fields with an interest in Trust and Identity.

The next round of the programme is accepting nominations until the 5th September with a start date of 10th October. Participants must be nominated and registered by a GÉANT NREN partner.

If your NREN would like to take part, or you know of suitable student interns,  programme details and materials are available from



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