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Fellowship Applicant Selection Criteria

ICANN Fellowship Program


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)

Newcomers Only

  • 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
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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."