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Frequently Asked Questions: ICANN Fellowship Program

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?

For ICANN Annual General Meetings and ICANN Community Fora, a rotating, independent Selection Committee reviews all eligible applications and scores 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.

The Fellowship Program will support approximately 60 participants per ICANN Public Meeting, inclusive of Fellowship newcomers, returning alumni, coaches, and Regional Newcomers Fellowship Pilot participants.

How will I know if I received a Fellowship?

All successful candidates are announced on the ICANN website, approximately three months before the meeting. 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?

Yes. You must re-apply for each Fellowship round. No exceptions.

How many times can I receive Fellowship support?

The ICANN Fellowship Program follows a three-times participation guideline. It is expected that most first-time Fellows are beginning to understand ICANN's work and its multistakeholder process. Second and third time Fellows, on the other hand, should take the opportunity to further build on their experience and deep their engagement in one of the ICANN communities.

Alumni of the Fellowship program may opt to apply as a Fellowship 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. For more information, see ICANN Fellowship Coaching process.

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 before or at the ICANN Meeting; the remaining half will be received by wire transfer, following successful completion of that fellowship and submission of post-meeting report.

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 Community Travel Support.

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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