ICANN Fellowship Program Mentoring
The ICANN Fellowship Program Mentoring process helps fellows to prepare for the ICANN Fellowship Program experience and strengthens the relationship between fellows and the ICANN community.
ICANN provides travel funding (including hotel accommodation and a stipend) for up to seven SO/AC-appointed mentors to attend an ICANN Public Meeting as a Fellowship Program mentor.
Mentors support up to eight fellows per meeting. Mentors will assist newcomers and returning fellows to become actively involved in the ICANN community and its policy development processes, working groups, and regional work.
Mentors are expected to devote considerable time to pre-meeting preparation with their mentees, to offer advice and networking support and regular check-ins on-site, and to complete evaluations following the meeting. Based on previous estimates, mentors spend about 40 hours during the six-week period in advance of the meeting and about 10 hours on-site at the ICANN meeting. For more information about the role of a mentor, see ICANN Fellowship Program Mentoring Guidelines.
As part of The New Fellowship Program Approach, mentors are nominated by their respective Supporting Organization/Advisory Committee. The following individuals will serve as mentors for ICANN65, ICANN66, and ICANN67:
|ALAC||Amrita Choudhury (ICANN65), Sarah Kiden (ICANN66 and ICANN67)|
|ccNSO||Alejandra Reynoso Barral|
|RSSAC||Rao Naveed Bin Rais|
- Each Supporting Organization (SO) and Advisory Committee (ACs) is invited to nominate one individual each (for a total of 7) to serve in the capacity of mentor for the ICANN Fellowship Program.
- Mentors will serve for three (3) consecutive ICANN meetings.
- The role is open to all experienced community members; mentors are not required to have been involved previously with the Fellowship Program.
- Fellowship Selection Committee members are not eligible to serve as mentors.
A call for mentors will be released each October as an announcement on ICANN.org, and SOs/ACs will have approximately two months to select a mentor. Self-nominations will not be considered; those interested should notify their SO/AC through the relevant channels. If a mentor needs to step down, their SO/AC will be invited to nominate a new mentor.
Mentees will evaluate their mentors following each meeting; in the case of multiple negative evaluations, the Fellowship Program will consider appropriate follow-up actions and may request a replacement mentor from that SO/AC.
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