Call for ICT4D Scholarship

Under the IFITT ICT4D Scholarship (Information and Communication Technologies for Development), IFITT (The International Federation for IT in Travel and Tourism) will fund young talents coming from developing/emerging countries, to provide a positive impact onto their respective communities through the application of ICT.

Submission should be connected with a Master or PhD thesis, having a clear orientation to electronic tourism and local development. Awarded students will have the possibility to present their work at ENTER2016 during the PhD workshop.


The scholarship consists of an assignment of a tutor, a non-cash prize for ENTER2016 participation (comprising travel, accommodation and conference fee) and free IFITT membership for one year.

Further queries: Alessandro Inversini


Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines are similar to the one of ENTER2016 PhD workshop. The research proposals should be a maximum length of seven (7) pages (A4) and should typically include the following headings:

Page 1: Motivation Letter

  • Why is important to attend the PhD workshop & ENTER2016


Page 2-6: Research Outline

  • Problem definition
  • Literature review
  • Conceptual development
  • Proposed methodology
  • Anticipated results
  • References

Page 7: Local development

  • Relevance of the research for the local development.

Page 8: Submission Checklist

  • Please refer to the last page of this document


The curriculum vitae together with evidences of PhD enrolment and/or university contract should be attached to the application (no pages limit). Please refer to the eligibility criteria.

In your submission, please also indicate your progress toward completion of the thesis (i.e. thinking about it, just beginning the process, completed proposal, etc.)

Each submission will undergo a review process.


What happens after the submission?


Applicants will be notified about the review outcome, along with recommendations to improve the proposal before the workshop. Accepted proposals will be made available as e-book to workshop participants before the PhD Workshop and published on the IFITT website.

Participants are also required to prepare a poster presentation, which will be displayed throughout the entire ENTER2016 conference. The best research proposal will receive an award and will be recognized at the main conference event!


Submission Procedure

Step 1: Please download the PhD-Workshop Author Advice as a style guide

Step 2: Submit your proposal via Easy Chair [Please Select ICT4D Scholarship]. Please note: the submission should consist of ONE single file.


Time Schedule

(*) Submission Deadline: September 1, 2015

(*) Initial feedback: 25th September, 2015

(*) Submit final revised proposal: 10th October, 2015

(*) Final acceptance: 30th October, 2015

PhD Workshop: 2nd February, 2016

ENTER Conference: 2nd – 5th February, 2016

(*) Please note that submission deadlines differ from the one of PhD workshop in order to facilitate the visa procedure.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be enrolled in a University program either PhD (priority) or Master (or equivalent) in the below listed eligible countries. Evidences should be included in the application.
  • The applicant may also have a research/work contract in one University belonging to the below listed eligible countries (e.g. researcher, lecturer). Evidences should be included in the application.
  • The contract with the University of the eligible country should expire at least 6 months after ENTER2016 (i.e. July, 2016). Evidences should be included in the application.
  • Every applicant can apply only one time per year.
  • The University should belong to the “Eligible Countries”.
    • Priority countries (priority)
    • Also eligible countries
  • The IFITT ICT4D commission will decide about the scholarship award.
    • Commission is elected by IFITT board
  • Scholarship will be ONLY awarded in relation to ENTER2016.
  • IFITT will issue an invitation letter to successful candidates conditional to the participation at ENTER2016.
    • Each candidate is responsible for obtaining a valid travel visa and will have to cover all cost that occurs from that.


Conditions about the non-cash prize

  • The non-cash prize consists of:
    • An invitation from IFITT (International Federation of IT in Travel and Tourism) to attend ENTER2016 in Bilbao (Spain) from 2nd to 5th February 2016.
    • Return international economy flights to the nearest airport from the nearest major airport to the candidate’s university.
    • Four nights accommodation.
    • Return transfer from/to airport to city accommodation at the destination.
    • The non-cash prize is not transferable.


All flight and accommodation bookings will be made by the IFITT unless otherwise agreed in writing with candidates. Any changes to flight and accommodation bookings made by IFITT will need to be organised by the  participants themselves; and any additional cost as a result of these changes will be borne by the participant.

Successful candidates are responsible for their own documentation, including visas, passports, travel/health insurance and the right to enter Spain and any other travel or like documentation required by the Successful candidate’s country and/or Spanish laws. IFITT, will provide documentation to support visa applications for successful candidates.

IFITT and ENTER2016 organizers will not be held liable for any loss, damage or injury that results directly or indirectly from a candidate taking part in any aspect of the non-cash prize. Where relevant, successful candidates agree that they take full responsibility for any activities engaged in while travelling and engaging in the non-cash prize.


Eligible Countries (Priority Countries)



Also Eligible Countries







2016 IFITT ICT4D Scholarship Submission Checklist

Name: _________________________________________

Research title: _____________________________________________________________________

Status of the research: __________________________________________________________________


I hereby declare that the following documents are enclosed in my application:

[  ] Motivation Letter

[  ] Research Outline and Relevance to Local Development

[  ] Curriculum Vitae

[  ] Proofs of IFITT ICT4D eligibility (please refer to eligibility criteria)


How did you hear about the competition?_________________________________________


[  ]  I hereby confirm that I have read and understood the eligibility criteria of the ICT4D scholarship competition.

[  ]  I hereby confirm that I have read and understood the terms and conditions of the ICT4D scholarship competition.