Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

EMILDAI prospective students may declare any support needs when they apply to the programme. On the application form, students will have the option of disclosing any circumstances for consideration by the selection committee that may affect their ability to participate in the programme. The selection committee and the relevant Disability and Learning Support staff from the partner universities will discuss these needs with the applicant by arranging a virtual call, and determining how they can be best accommodated. This will not affect any consideration of their application for participation or scholarship. For any queries regarding special needs, please get in touch with us at

Specific EU fundings are allocated to supporting students with special needs. In line with EMJM requirements, they will be used to support the needs of all students with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments, regardless of the scholarship status, such as to cover the costs of assistance by third persons, adaptation of work environment, additional travel/transportation costs. At each partner university, specific services to support students with fewer access opportunities are available, including access to education support for mature students and students with disabilities.

Additional measures have already been agreed by the partner universities to foster equality, diversity and inclusion at the student recruitment and scholarship allocation stages. The partner universities will select students who demonstrate the highest academic standards and potential, while ensuring geographical and gender diversity. Accordingly, and in light of the specific EMJM requirements, the following basic criteria have been agreed by the EMILDAI academic team: i) no more than 10% of the students selected for each programme intake should have the same nationality; and ii) measures will be taken to promote a representation of the minority gender of at least 40% of the total number of students annually admitted.

EMILDAI is also dedicated to the inclusion of students with fewer opportunities due to economic barriers. To this end, EMILDAI will offer EU and non-EU funded scholarships to cover students’ travel and subsistence costs during the programme.

See what our students have to say about diversity in EMILDAI in their presentation on the topic at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Kyoto 2023.