Young people are generally among the best promoters of ICTs and are key
contributors to the building of an inclusive Information Society. Recognizing
this reality, ITU established a dedicated Youth Scheme in April 2003 with
emphasis on capacity building, education and work experience in ICTs.
As part of this area of work, the Youth Education Scheme "YES" was
established with the support of ITU Member States and ITU Development Sector
Members such as Vodafone (U.K), ANACOM (Portugal), Ministry of Communications &
Information Technology through the National Telecommunication Institute — NTI
(Egypt), ALCATEL-Lucent,Thales Communications (France) and NOKIA Corporation
Thanks to its sponsors, YES scholarships have been awarded every academic
year since 2003. To-date, YES initiative has awarded fifty (50) scholarships to
young future leaders in telecommunication/ICTs and related fields, mainly from
Least Developed Countries and developing countries, from all the regions of the
Education Scheme "YES" scholarship initiative aims to support needy and
deserving young people from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and developing
countries gain access to training and a career in telecommunications/ICTs or
3. Eligibility Requirements
YES applicants participate in a competition with strict selection procedures
and criteria, which respect geographic and gender balance. YES ensures
transparency in the selection process. ITU handles the application process and
presents a short list of candidates to the sponsor/s. The YES scholarship is
awarded only following validation of the proposed candidates by the sponsors.
The endeavour of the selection process is to identify talented young people
who have a strong will to continue their education in telecommunication/ICTs or
related fields, aimed at contributing through their achieved knowledge to the
development of their communities, countries and regions.
In this regard, each candidate must:
- Come from LDCs or developing countries (non-OECD country);
- Be between 20 and 30 years of age;
- Provide a very good school curriculum;
- Provide two written recommendations (preferably from professors of their
- Provide an essay indicating his/her motivation towards completing their
studies in telecommunication or related fields.
- Priority is given to applicants who wish to continue their studies in
universities in their own or neighbouring countries.
4. Definition of YES Scholarships
Youth Education Scheme award scholarships cover the costs of tuition fees only.
Tuition fees are paid by ITU directly to the universities upon presentation of
the relevant invoice. YES scholarships do not exceed ten thousand U.S. Dollars (USD
10,000) per applicant.
5. Access to YES Scholarships
The YES scholarship contest is launched every year in March and scholarships
awarded in June/July.
The allocation of YES scholarships depends on voluntary donations by ITU
Member States and Sector Members.
6. Scholarships Data
||No. of Scholarships
||Tuition Fees (USD)
|Asia and Pacific
(+2 at TNT, Cairo)
|Europe & CIS
Number of awarded scholarships against applications received