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

TIM (Trust and Identity Incubator Mentorship) Programme is an initiative that brings together ambitious young minds and subject matters experts to pioneer and prototype new ideas in the Trust and Identity field.

TIM is a collaboration between 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 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) 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. On this journey, they by the Incubator experts and the home NREN, and supported by GLAD. to present their final work or work in progress at the international event or conference advised by TIM SMEs. 

TIM takes place in the form of a paid internship where the NRENs and young professionals get reimbursed for the time dedicated to the T&I Incubator. The process of reimbursements and rates by the financial rules of GN4.3 project.

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

Cycles TIM internship start dateRecruitment opening dateRecruitment closing date
















What is in it for the young professionals?

TIM offers participants a fantastic opportunity to join the development of the cutting edge solutions in computer networking on Trust & Identity. It is a unique learning and professional development opportunity that offers the following benefits:

  • a paid professional internship (can with the thesis writing)
  • networking opportunities with the wide range of SMEs working in computer networks and NRENs
  • training and skills development in the fields of public speaking and agile software development (SCRUM)

Participant requirements are:

  • last year BA, Master's or PhD level students in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering or other technology related fields with the interest in computer networks
  • 6 months availability with an approximate workload of 3 days per week 
  • Excellent command of English language

What is in it for the home NRENs?

TIM strengthens collaboration across European NRENs in developing new T&I products and services. It is an opportunity to foster the local T&I expertise, learn from experienced SMEs and expand the portfolio of services. It is also a chance to strengthen relationships with the member institutions to identify promising young talents to join the NREN world. 

Home NREN requirements:  

  • be a member of GN4.3 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 manpower to support TIM with a workload of 1/2 - 1 day per week based on month cycle

What is in it for 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, GLAD is also 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* TIM participants

Step 2 Identify the home mentor

Step 3 Submit application by email to The nomination 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

  • 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

*GLAD can provide materials and support with the recruitment process

Technical Areas

Identity and Access Management

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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

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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

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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.

Timeline and Process 

wk 25Application deadline 2nd Cycle  15 June 2020
wk 25Candidates have been selected and NRENs informed
wk 25-27Time for NRENs to set up internship logistics and contract ( mentor, (virtual) workspace, contract, timesheets etc.

wk 28 - wk 53

Start TIM internship programme  

Promotion materials (for NRENs)

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

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

 Could 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. 

 Who 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.

 How many candidates can NRENs nominate for the programme?

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

 What 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.

 How 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.   

 What 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  

 What 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 these .

 What 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 these .

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