Application Assessment Process
Applications will be evaluated individually and each factor on Applicant Selection Criteria will be given a score of "0-does not meet criteria"; "1-meets criteria."
The applications will then be ranked by the sum value of all individual scores combined. The following factors have a higher weight in the final score:
- Applicant expresses financial hardship
- Applicant states that they are a member of an underserved or underrepresented community. Specifically, 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
The ICANN Fellowship staff has oversight over the selection process to ensure that diversity within each Fellowship round in terms of gender, region, expertise, and sector.
All successful candidates are announced on the ICANN website, 3 months before the meeting. See Application Dates & Deadlines.
Who scores the Fellowship applications?
For ICANN Annual General Meetings and ICANN Community Fora, a rotating, independent Selection Committee reviews all eligible applications and ranks them according to the Applicant Selection Criteria. The independent Selection Committee will take into account comments from ICANN's regional engagement and policy teams on individual applications and on the overall needs of each region and community group in ICANN's multistakeholder model.
For ICANN Policy Fora, ICANN only accepts applications from Fellowship alumni. The scoring of applications for this meeting is conducted by ICANN's policy staff, taking into account comments from ICANN's regional engagement on individual applications and on the overall needs of each ICANN region.