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Fellowship Applicant Selection Criteria

ICANN Fellowship Program

Updated on 17 July 2023

Candidates from all regions and sectors are welcome to apply to ICANN Fellowship Program.

Selection of fellows will be based on the criteria below. Priority is given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, and/or have established financial need. Selection Committee may prioritize those who represent diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, and expertise.

(Please note that Selection Committee will only review applications of candidates that have completed mandatory ICANN Learn course(s); learn more here.)

ICANN Communities suggested target for the Fellowship Program selection:

  1. Target List Suggested – May 02, 2019
  2. Target list Suggested – June 30, 2023

Application Scoring Criteria

Selection Criteria Areas First-time fellow Returning fellow
Diversity 30 30
Experience 30 20
ICANN Knowledge & Engagement 20 40
Potential for Future Engagement 20 10
Total Score 100 100
Selection Criteria First-time fellow Returning fellow
Diversity (30 points) (30 points)
Applicant expresses financial hardship. 10 10
Applicant has tried to receive financial support through other means to attend the meeting but has been unsuccessful in receiving all or part of the funds. 2 2
Applicant states that they are a member of an underserved, underrepresented or indigenous community (i.e., female, or as stated in their applications) 8 8
Applicant represents at least one aspect of the diversity profile on the target list of relevant SO/AC. 10 10
Experience (30 points) (20 points)
Applicant is involved professionally or academically in a sector relevant to ICANN's work, mission and remit. 10 5
Applicant's skills and expertise are on the target list of relevant SO/ACs. 10 10
Applicant demonstrates experience related to Internet issues that reflect ICANN regional strategies, current work in ICANN or global Internet governance. 10 5
ICANN Knowledge & Engagement (20 points) (40 points)
Applicant shows good understanding of ICANN's mission and its role in the Internet ecosystem. 5 5
Applicant has completed ICANN Learn courses and/or other ICANN-related capacity development activities in the past 18 months. 5 5
Applicant has participated (remotely or in-person) in ICANN global and/or regional events or webinars in the past 18 months — if Alumni, exclude previous fellowships. 5 5
New applicant has participated in ICANN's policy development processes or ICANN-related work (e.g. reviews, volunteer at regional events, etc). 5 --
Applicant is currently a working member of an ICANN SO/AC/SG or Constituency and provides valuable contributions. -- 10
Applicant has provided significant input to Public Comments in the past 18 months. -- 5
Applicant has provided other contributions to ICANN in the past 18 months (e.g., participation in a review team, volunteering at regional events; writing about ICANN-related topics and events; mentoring newcomers, etc.) -- 10
Potential for Future Engagement (20 points) (10 points)
Applicant shows potential be an active contributor to the ICANN community in specific areas (regional engagement, policy development work, collaboration among stakeholders, etc). 20 10
Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."