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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding ICANN Fellowship Program

Can I send information separately to the Fellowship office if I cannot provide it in time for the application?

The online application system is the only method that you can use to apply for an ICANN Fellowship. All information requested in the application has to be embedded in that online form; NO INFORMATION WILL BE ACCEPTED OUTSIDE OF THE ONLINE FORM OR AFTER THE APPLICATION CLOSES.

Who reviews the applications and how are the Fellowships chosen?

A rotating, independent Selection committee reviews all eligible applications and ranks them according to the Applicant criteria found on the Fellowship web page. The Fellowship Program will support approximately 60 participants at both Meeting A and C, inclusive of Coaches, returning Alumni and Newcomers to the Program. For Meeting B, up to 40 returning Alumni who meet Program requirements will be selected to participate in the Policy Forum.

How will I know if I received a Fellowship?

All successful candidates are announced on the ICANN website, 6-8 weeks after the online application closes. That is the only communication that all applicants will see; successful candidates also receive a follow-up email and confirmation letter at the time of posting, which must be returned within a week of receipt declaring that they accept the Fellowship. If a candidate does not accept the Fellowship, a pre-established list of alternates will be used to fill the vacated position.

Do I need to re-apply for each Fellowship ?

You must re-apply for each Fellowship round. No exceptions. You do not need to be selected and complete a Fellowship before applying for a second or third opportunity; applications and participation in a current round may overlap.

How many times can I receive Fellowship support?

ICANN Fellowship Office and the Fellowship Selection committee generally agree upon a "3x" rule for receiving this grant of support to an ICANN Meeting. The underlying thought is that a first time attendee is new to the ICANN meeting and its volunteer community so will not fully grasp all of the opportunities or understand all of the issues that the community is discussing. It is expected that a second time fellow will be better prepared and more knowledgeable about the process, taking the opportunity for further networking and finding their "fit" in the ICANN community. A third grant would require more out of the individual, including coaching newcomers, volunteering at the ICANN Information Booth and solidifying other means of support to future meetings, via participation and membership in one of the ICANN ACs, SOs, Stakeholder Groups or Constituencies.

Beginning with the ICANN 53 application process, Alumni of the Fellowship program (minimum 2nd time applicants as well as those who have completed their third fellowship) may opt to apply as a Newcomer Coach. This Coaching role does not count as a second or third Fellowship. If that Alumni applicant is not selected for the role of Coach, he/she may or may not be selected as a Fellowship participant depending on whether they have met the Applicant criteria for selection as reviewed by the Fellowship Selection committee and the status of other applicants who applied for that particular Fellowship opportunity.

How will my travel be covered?

All travel including airfare and accommodations will be booked and paid for by ICANN directly. Any additional charges related to Travel are the responsibility of the Fellow.

How will the stipend work?

All Fellows are eligible to receive a flat stipend not to exceed US $500.00. One half of the stipend will be provided to Fellows at the ICANN Meeting; the remaining half will be received by wire transfer, following successful completion of that Fellowship program.

Do I need insurance?

Acquiring and paying for any and all insurance, including but not limited to travel insurance is the sole and exclusive responsibility of the Fellow. Carrying proof of insurance is suggested.

I would like to add personal or other business segments to my travel. What do I do?

Please refer to the ICANN Travel Support Guidelines.

What travel documents are needed?

  • A valid passport **.
  • Travel documents as required by your country of origin.
  • Visa may be required by country hosting the ICANN meeting. It is very IMPORTANT that you check with your local consulate agency.
  • Transit visa may be required to connect in certain cities or countries. Please check with your local consulate agency.

**All travel documents must be consistent with the name on your valid passport

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