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Fellowship Applicant Selection Criteria

Candidates from all regions and sectors are welcome to apply to ICANN Fellowship Program. Final selection will be based on the assessment by the Fellowship Selection Committee, in large part guided by the following information as it is documented by the Applicant within the online Application:

New Applicants should demonstrate reasonable awareness of Internet governance and ICANN
New Applicants should make a strong case as to what they wish to learn from the ICANN experience; Returning Applicants need to provide specifics on why and how they will contribute to the work of ICANN’s Multistakeholder community and/or will use their Fellowship for significant national, regional engagement and/or sector engagement and/or global Internet governance work is recognized
Applicants who hail from an underserved, underrepresented country, region or community should articulate what social or economic factors existed to deter them from previously participating in ICANN, their objectives for participation through this Program and what is the gap or void that needs to be filled through this experience
Applicant should document any national, regional and/or global Internet related activities they have engaged in outside of ICANN, provide thoughts on how that experience could be applicable to ICANN’s work
Applicant should be able to identify with one of the following:
  • member of a Civil Society organization engaged in studies or activities related to internet issues that reflect national or regional strategies and/or current work in ICANN
  • member of Academic institution with ties to Internet governance through management of ccTLD or related technical or Internet governance curriculum
  • business focused with involvement in Internet issues, particularly ICANN related issues, from a private-sector perspective
  • is a Gov’t or ccTLD representative who did not receive travel funding from respective the ICANN community and is from an underserved or underrepresented region or entity
  • has expertise in Technical issues and/or belongs to Technical Societies related to ICANN’s work
  • is an End User with specific interests in regional work and / or global Internet Governance
Applicant documents that they have tried to receive financial support through other means (other than ICANN Fellowship) to attend the meeting but has been unsuccessful in receiving all or part of the funds
Returning Applicant who was not previously selected should show growth, more awareness of ICANN topics and/or have attended an ICANN Meeting and/or document remote participation in a Meeting that provided additional knowledge
Alumni of ICANN Fellowship need to show recent national, regional, and/or global engagement in activities reflecting their work within ICANN’s Multistakeholder community or in global Internet governance work
Returning Fellows should be able to obtain support from their ICANN Regional or Policy Staff and/or Community Leader
Applicant may document where they see gaps in areas of diversity that an individual community is in need of having expertise or experience, expertise / experience that the Applicant possesses
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."