Fellowship Applicant Selection Criteria
Candidates from all regions and sectors are welcome to apply to ICANN Fellowship Program. Priority is given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, those who represent diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, and expertise, and/or have established financial need.
Note: Current criteria will be updated for the ICANN65 application round as a result of the New Fellowship Program Approach.
Final selection of Fellows will be based on the following criteria. Unless noted, each criterion has a weight of 1 point.
Newcomers & Returning Fellows
- Applicant expresses financial hardship (2 points)
- Applicant states that they are a member of an underserved or underrepresented community, specifically targeting applicants who have been hindered by social, economic and environmental factors such as poverty, race, age, gender, physical disabilities, and/or living in a war-torn environment (2 points)
- A new applicant makes a strong case (provides specifics) on what they wish to learn from this ICANN experience; a returning Fellow or someone who has previously attended an ICANN Meeting should provide specific meeting objectives, document why and how they will contribute to the work of ICANN's multistakeholder community and/or will use their Fellowship for significant regional engagement and/or sector engagement and/or global Internet governance work
- Applicant is:
- a member of civil society and engaged in studies or work related to internet issues that reflect regional strategies or current work in ICANN
- a member of academic institution with ties to Internet governance through management of ccTLD or related Internet curriculum
- business focused with involvement in internet issues, particularly ICANN related issues, from a private-sector perspective
- a government or ccTLD representative who did not receive travel funding from respective ICANN community and is from an underserved or underrepresented region or entity
- An experienced in technical issues and/or belongs to technical societies related to ICANN's work
- An end user with specific interests in regional work and / or global Internet governance
- Applicant establishes they are currently a working member of an ICANN Supporting Organization, Advisory Committee, Stakeholder Group, or Constituency
- Applicant has tried to receive financial support through other means (other than ICANN Fellowship grant) to attend the meeting but has been unsuccessful in receiving all or part of the funds (either new applicant or alumni)
- First-time applicant documents global and/or regional training or engagement activities inside or outside of ICANN
- Applicant has previously applied, vetted and/or scored well but not been selected, now showing more awareness of ICANN topics and/or has now attended an ICANN Public Meeting, exhibiting continued interest and initiative. (May also refer to past scores within application.)
- New applicant receives support from ICANN's regional engagement staff and/or policy staff and/or community member due to attendance at regional event, training program or communications around interest in ICANN
Returning Fellows Only
- Returning Fellow documents global and/or regional awareness of and /or engagement in activities outside of ICANN
- Applicant is an alumni of ICANN Fellowship Program and has shown engagement in recent regional and/or global activities reflecting their work within ICANN's multistakeholder community or in global Internet governance work
- Returning Fellows with positive feedback from ICANN's regional engagement staff and/or policy staff and/or community leader due to current engagement