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Application Assessment Process

ICANN Fellowship Program


Each application for the ICANN Fellowship Program will be assessed based on ICANN's Fellowship Selection Criteria.

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.

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."