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[1]                                These ideas may either be provided by the T&I incubator mentors, or may have been suggested to, and approved by the T&I Incubator. In the latter case, such ideas must be supported by at least two NRENswho also choose to commit staff to work on the idea.

Programme Description

ColumnFocus: Design Thinking Skills,

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Focus: T&I, agile software development, idea prototyping, public speaking skills, mentorship

TIM (Trust and Identity Incubator Mentorship) Programme is

a new

an initiative


that brings together ambitious young


minds and subject matters experts to pioneer and prototype new ideas in the Trust and Identity



TIM is a collaboration between

Future Talent Programme and the GN4.3 WP5

subject experts (SME's and also known as content mentors) of WP5 T2 - T&I Incubator task, GLAD, NRENs (home mentors) and young professionals (participants) across Europe. The overall aim of the program

aims to deliver max 2 incubation projects per year as well as promote collaboration between NRENs and young talents in the community. TIM runs two times per year (2 cycles of 6 months) and starts in February and in August.

Program outline

  • Young talents nominated by the NREN collaborate in (TIM) teams with a mission to solve a Trust and Identity challenge
  • Competing (TIM) teams conceptualise and prototype their most innovative ideas with ongoing coaching and guidance from T&I experts
  • Two prototypes will be selected for the T&I incubator by an expert panel
  • During a 5-6 months internship one consolidated TIM team collaborate to develop the prototype into a product or service

What’s included

  • Design thinking f2f workshop including travel and accommodation for students and NREN mentor
  • Practical and interactive workshops under the guidance of professional public speaking coach for all students
  • 1:1 coaching on public speaking for finalists
  • Conference travel package for finalists

Requirements student

  • This challenge is open to individual(s) who are registered on any IT & networking (related) course(s) at a university, college or learning provider and must be nominated by the operating NREN/GÉANT Project Partner
  • Participants commit themselves to the full training programme.
  • Participants opt for a 6 months internship in the T&I incubator, via the local NREN
  • Selected participants will sign a volunteer contract in order to present at international conference
  • High English language proficiency is required.
  • All participants are invited to share their experiences on social media.

Requirements NREN

  • NREN can subscribe to max 1 of 5 topics
  • NREN is allowed to nominate max 1 candidate per topic
  • NRENs must commit significant amount of time of the student to the incubator (at minimum 0.8 FTE
  • Time of the young talents may be claimed from the GEANT4-3 T&II project.

    Timeline Cycle 1

    FebLaunch of T& I Topics for the challengeMarRegistration is open until 31 March 2019 April-MayTIM teams are formed, expert mentors allocatedMay

    TIM teams present ideas to expert mentors

    JunF2F HackathonJun-DecProduct development internship

    How to Apply (NRENs)

    Step 1 Register your candidate online until 28 February, with a brief description of candidate's topic.

    Step 2 All accepted candidates will become participants of the Future Talent Programme and will receive training. Your participants takes part in the e-workshops in March and April. Dates and Programme will be confirmed to you and your participant by email.

    Step 3 Participants submit their proposal to TNC Programme Committee by 15 March 2019, midnight CET. 

    Step 4 Your participants will be notified by the TNC Programme Committee by (TBC) of the acceptance or rejection of the proposal

    Step 5 Selected candidates take further training and take centre stage at TNC19

    Content Layout Macro

    [1]                             The GN4-3 WP5 T2 Trust and Identity Incubator (“T&I Incubator”) aims to develop, foster and mature new ideas in the Trust and Identity space in Research and Education. The incubator will investigate new technologies that currently have no place yet in the services ecosystem of the GEANT project. It will test and experiment with potential new features for existing services. In addition, also business case development for potential new services and developments that would improve data protection and privacy aspects in services or software are in scope

    it to contribute to a viable and sustainable pipeline of T&I products and services for the GN4.3 project and ultimately, for the European NREN community.

    Nominated by their home NREN, participants (and their home mentors)are integrated into the work of the T&I incubator right from the start. They collaborate directly with the Incubator SMEs on the topics provided by SME's and NRENs. On this journey, they are mentored by the Incubator experts as well as their home NREN. GLAD provides additional support through training opportunities both for participants as well as for the NREN mentors. Finally all participants are expected to present their work at an international event or conference as advised by TIM.

    TIM takes place in the form of a paid internship where the  participating NRENs and young professionals get reimbursed for the time dedicated to the T&I Incubator. The process of reimbursements is defined by the financial rules of GÉANT 4.3 project. 

    The expected duration of each TIM programme cycle is 6 months. See table below.

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    What is in it for the young professionals?

    TIM offers participants a fantastic opportunity to join the development of cutting edge solutions in Trust & Identity on a pan European scale. It is a unique learning and professional development opportunity that includes:

    • a paid professional internship (which may be combined with thesis writing)
    • Working in an international team with networking opportunities with the wide range of experts  in Trust and Identity and NRENs
    • training and skills development in the fields of public speaking and agile software development  

    Participant requirements are:

    • Final year Bachelors, Masters or PhD level students in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering or other technology related fields and interest in Trust and Identity
    • 6 months availability with an approximate workload of 3 days per week 
    • Excellent command of the English language, both spoken and written
    • All participants must be nominated by a GÉANT participating NREN

    What is in it for the home NRENs?

    If you are a NREN, TIM helps you strengthens collaboration across Europe with other NRENs in developing new T&I products and services. It is also an opportunity to foster local T&I expertise, learn from experienced SME’s and expand the portfolio of services. In addition it may strengthen relationships with your institutions as well as identifying promising young talents to join the NREN world.  To participate we expect the NREN to:

    • be a member of GÉANT 4.3 project
    • be willing to facilitate and administer a paid internship based on the local HR/ legal requirements
    • be willing to mentor participants locally (for example, be a sounding board to the experience, provide a working space, introduce to the home NREN and NREN world in general)
    • Have a mentor with an availability to support your participant in TIM with a workload of 0.5 to 1 day per week based on a 6-month cycle

    What is the role of GLAD?

    GÉANT Learning and Development team (GLAD) is passionate about building, diversifying and strengthening capabilities of European NREN community. With the help of TIM, we hope to disseminate and build T&I competencies across Europe to build the workforce of the future.

    In course of TIM programme, GLAD is committed to deliver the following skills to the TIM participants and mentors:

    • mentorship skills
    • public speaking skills
    • agile software development/ SCRUM training



    NREN TIM application process

    Step 1 Recruit* your candidates

    Step 2 Identify the home mentor

    Step 3 Submit application by email to The application should include:

    • A TIM participant's CV
    • A TIM participant's motivation letter explaining in a few paragraphs why they would like to take part in this initiative
    • An NREN motivation statement, a paragraph of why the TIM work is important and how the internship arrangement will work locally 

    Step 4 Receive the results of the application process. The application process is managed by the TIM Selection Committee which includes:

    • a representative of WP5T2 Niels van Dijk (SURFnet)
    • a representative of GLAD  (GÉANT Association)
    • a representative of the community (Ann Harding (SWITCH)

    The Selection Committee is there to ascertain the level of participants' expertise and motivation to take part in the TIM challenge. It is also there to ensure that home NRENs are equipped to support the TIM participants.

    Step 5 Formalise the internship with the TIM participant based on the local NREN rules

    Step 6 Join the work of T&I incubator together with the TIM participant

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    Submit Application!

    Application deadline  for NRENs 
    15 June 2020


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    Technical Areas

    Identity and Access Management


    Identity and Access Management (IAM) is about creating and managing digital identity for users, which can be used to represent a person in the digital world. Using state of the art authentication and authorization methods ensures that only the owner can access his identity and only entitled can access a resource.

    In this area, it is all about Identity Providers, Identity Federation, Service Providers and Discovery Services. Your project may improve existing software solutions or create new applications for a global community.

    Standards and Protocols


    Building on top of existing infrastructure and applications, Standards and Protocols is about creating new ways to for applications and users to communicate.
    This area is all about protocols and standards used or being developed in the global Trust and Identity community, like the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) and Open ID Connect (OIDC), which will be used to integrate new capabilities in an already existing large infrastructure.

    Security and Privacy


    Security is an integral part of most applications and infrastructures. Ensuring data protection, privacy and safety by using measures like encryption and cryptography is nowadays mandatory.

    In this area, you may investigate, test and integrate new security features in existing Trust & Identity applications or to create new services that help secure our community, by working on for example multi factor authentication or HSM technologies.



    Jun-Dec 2020

    15 June 2020
    Application deadline 

    wk 25- 1 week
    Application review and CV selections.

    wk 25-27 - two weeks
    Time for NRENs to organise logistics and set up of the  participant (internship contract , mentorship interaction, (virtual) workspace, time sheets and other local NREN working procedures.

    wk 28-53 - 6 months
    Start TIM internship programme  

    Promotion materials  

    To help NRENs promote the programme and recruit participants we have available the following materials :

    • TIM logo files
    • Email Banner
    • Boilerplate text targeted to students (from NRENs to students)
    • Presentation slides targeted to NRENs/mentors

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    Download materials

    News and Copy

    Also, feel free to use words and copy from news items we create in different places to promote the programme:


    Frequently Asked Questions

    titleCould you provide more details on the programme content?

    TIM programme is a mentorship programme. What we mean by that is that it aims to advance participants' careers and professional skills through a collaborate and -creative work on real-life projects. For this TIM participants (mentees) join T&I Incubator team (mentors) and work hand-in-hand with them on the current, live T&I projects. This -creative and dynamic context allows participants to develop their expertise in T&I field  advance their interpersonal skills, such as communication and influencing.

    To reinforce and support these learnings, GLAD team will offer to the participants Agile/SCRUM training and a communication skills training.  There is also a local mentor who can assist participants on their learning journey. ‘Learning by doing’ and ‘learning through doing’ represent the underlying ethos of the programme, therefore proactive attitude and growth mindset are an absolute must. 

    titleWho can participate in this programme?

    Any early career candidate nominated by a GÉANT Project NREN partner registered at a university or college in a GÉANT partner country or working in the NREN community.

    Participation happens through a paid internship at the hosting NREN, who will claim manpower from the GEANT project and pays the trainee.

    titleHow many candidates can NRENs nominate for the programme?

    Depending on the number of  candidates in the programme, maximal 1 candidate per NREN.

    titleWhat kind of candidates should NRENs look for?

    Ideal candidates are last year's BA, Master and PhD level students in Computer Science, Engineering or other Technology fields with in computer networks who want to commit time and energy to learn and develop themselves beyond the basic university programme.

    titleWhich topics can you as an NREN get involved with?

    The Trust & Identity Incubator addresses different topics in different work areas that are being announced before each new cycle. NRENs can get involved in the topics that speak to them. See also TIM Technical Areas.

    titleHow does the recruitment process looks like?

    A six months professional internship requires time and dedication and interest from all parties involved. Motivation is essential both for the student as for the NREN.  After  a positive review, the T&I selection Committee will invite the hosting NREN together with their candidate for an  interview to complete the recruitment.   

    titleWhat do you need to send to GÉANT learning and Development (GLAD) to nominate a candidate?

    A complete application includes a motivation letter of the hosting NREN and the candidate's motivation letter and CV. Send this to  

    titleWhat will be your role as a host and mentor?

    Your role as a mentor is to engage with your protege and provide encouragement and advice during the programme and related events.  You can find more info on the mentor role in the NREN_mentorship presentation slides available in TIM Resources Package ( for NRENs)

    Have a different question? 
    Email: or leave a comment at the bottom of this page.