Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance

Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance

Start date: 22 July 2024

The Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance (ADIG) online capacity development programme delivers essential practical and diplomatic skills and techniques to current and future internet policymakers. These competencies enable adept engagement in global policy processes, as internet governance has become one of the most critical policy domains.

Digital policy-related concerns, including safeguarding privacy, upholding online human rights, and ensuring cybersecurity, have surged to the forefront of the global policymaking landscape. Nonetheless, a comprehensive acknowledgement and support of the internet’s growing importance through effective and inclusive governance remain uneven among stakeholders.

Programme details

To attain the Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance, participants need to successfully complete at least three out of the five courses offered over a span of three years. Each course requires a minimum score of 75%. Additionally, candidates must undertake at least one final assignment, achieving a grade of no less than 70%.

Note: Not all courses necessitate a final assignment for successful completion. However, specific courses do, so ADIG candidates should be attentive when selecting courses for programme fulfilment. For additional information, contact us at

The courses currently available are:

Note: If you've already completed one or more of these five courses and wish to apply for the ADIG diploma, reach out to us at

Conducted in English, the programme offers non-native speakers a valuable platform to practise and enhance their language skills for work-related topics.

Faculty members comprise high-ranking active and retired experts, alongside distinguished academics in internet governance, digital policy, diplomacy, and international relations.

Candidates who successfully complete the ADIG programme will receive a diploma awarded by DiploFoundation. This is a professional certification issued by DiploFoundation, a non-profit foundation, and not a university diploma.

Who should apply

The ADIG programme is tailored for:

  • Officials within government ministries, departments, regulatory bodies, or institutions addressing information society, internet, and ICT-related policy issues (e.g. telecommunications, education, foreign affairs, justice), and international organisations staff
  • Postgraduate students, academics, and researchers in the field of internet governance (e.g., telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, diplomacy, international relations, development studies)
  • Civil society activists in the internet governance and information society fields
  • Journalists covering internet governance issues
  • Individuals in internet-business-related domains (e.g., ISPs, software developers)

Programme overview

The ADIG programme employs an interactive online capacity development approach. It equips current and future internet policymakers with essential practical and diplomatic skills and techniques required for effective participation in global policy processes. To attain the diploma, participants must fulfil requirements for at least three out of the five courses offered (Introduction to Internet Governance; E-Diplomacy; Internet Technology and Policy: Challenges and Solutions; Cybersecurity; Artificial Intelligence: Technology, Governance, and Policy Frameworks) within a three-year timeframe.

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Learning methodology

Our learning methodology fosters dynamic interaction through an online classroom. Weekly, participants engage with a lecture and contribute questions, comments, and references as text annotations. Lecturers and peers respond, developing interactive dialogue around the lecture content. Supplementary tasks, including quizzes, simulations, and group assignments, complement the learning journey. Each week culminates with online discussions between participants and lecturers, further enriching the learning experience. Active participation in course discussions and completion of assignments determine evaluation.

The ADIG programme embraces collaborative learning, prioritising active participation and interaction.

Participants must dedicate a minimum of seven to eight hours per week to their studies.


Applicants for the ADIG programme should have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject or a foundational understanding of internet governance and/or experience with the multistakeholder approach in international affairs
  • Proficiency in English suitable for postgraduate studies, encompassing reading, discussion, and written assignments
  • Regular internet access, preferably broadband
  • A commitment of a minimum of seven to eight hours per week, alongside readiness to participate in online class meetings (held once a week at specified times)

Fees and scholarships

Participants must successfully complete a minimum of three online courses to fulfil programme requirements. The fee for each course is 690 euros. Course fees are due upon acceptance and before course commencement. 

Beyond course fees, there are no additional expenses tied to obtaining the ADIG diploma.

Discount opportunities

  • Diplo alumni enjoy a 15% reduction in tuition fees
  • Discounts are also available when multiple participants enrol from the same institution

Financial assistance

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for diplomats and professionals in international relations from small and developing countries, supported by the Government of Malta.

Civil society applicants in the digital policy field can apply for partial scholarships through support from the Ford Foundation. 

Scholarship applicants should include their CV and a motivation letter with their course application, outlining their relevant background, reasons for interest in the course, and how participation would benefit them, their institution, and/or their country.

Applicants are encouraged to actively explore scholarship funding from local or international institutions.

How to apply

To get started, please apply online for your chosen courses based on the application deadline for each course. Check out the links below to discover more about each course, learn about upcoming sessions, find the application deadlines, and access the online application forms.

Throughout your participation in any of the selected courses, you can contact us to register your intention to obtain the Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance. You can also do this prior to enrollment in your first selected course.

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