Call for Applications for an APTLD Sponsored Fellowship to the 2017 Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy

The Background

APTLD (Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association) is a membership-based, non-for-profit organization that serves ccTLD (country-code Top Level Domain) registries in the Asia Pacific region.

APTLD operates as the forum of information exchange regarding technological and operational issues of domain name registries in Asia Pacific region. As an interface to other international Internet coordinating bodies, APTLD fosters and elevates participation of AP ccTLDs in these global fora, as well as acts in the best interest of APTLD members in global Internet policy making process.

To bolster the Asia Pacific ccTLD community's technical capacity, APTLD in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) initiative co-sponsored by the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and ICANN, offers a Fellowship to APIGA 2017 to be held in Seoul, Korea, 7-11 August 2017.

The Fellow to APIGA 2017 will attend sessions where he/she will be able to improve the understanding of Internet governance issues, and the multistakeholder processes that are largely responsible for driving these issues. Topics include History of Internet Governance; Fundamentals of Internet Infrastructure; and Multistakeholder Policy Making.

Through this initiative, participants will be able to form regional networks and contribute to the work of local, regional and global organizations involved in Internet governance work, including Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD), the Korea Internet Governance Alliance (KIGA), Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), Internet Society (ISOC) and ICANN. The participants will also be able to better understand the importance of participating in platforms such as the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) and UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Expected Outcomes

Participants will build confidence in and appreciation for multistakeholder processes, such as that found in ICANN and IGF platforms. Participants will be exposed to a range of Internet governance topics and will be able to stay connected to the APAC Internet community through the Academy's partnerships with regional initiatives.

Participants are required to complete customized online modules from ISOC and ICANN as prerequisite training for the academy, and will receive certificates upon completion. Upon successful completion of the 5-day Academy, participants will also receive a certificate of completion given by KISA and ICANN.

Upon graduation, participants will be part of the APIGA alumni network, where regional organizations will continue to share information and participation opportunities on regional and global Internet governance-related events including IGF and ICANN meetings.

Selection Criteria for the APTLD Fellowship to the APIGA 2017

Qualifying for the Programme

Selection for the Fellowship is competitive. In order to qualify for Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be, at a minimum, a university undergraduate.
  • Be employed by an APTLD member.
  • Be under 35 years old by the date of the opening of APIGA 2017

Present a brief bionote (up to 200 words), a letter of reference from the employer, and a strong motivation (up to 300 words) for attending APIGA, including demonstrating a strong sense of:

  • what he/she intends to accomplish or get out of attending APIGA;
  • how attending APIGA would help him/her in work or study, and
  • how he/she intends to apply thus gained experience when upon return to the home country.

The record of an active contribution to Internet Governance events, initiatives and projects is a plus.

These documents are provided in an arbitrary format in a single PDF file.

Please note that the working language of APIGA is English. Individuals applying for the Fellowship should be comfortable and able to follow discussions in the English language.

Successful applicant is expected to

Prepare in advance for APIGA by completing a series of online courses on Internet governance and ICANN, before they are able to attend the academy.

Attend the APIGA plenary sessions, and other sessions throughout the week;

Share the experience and knowledge gained at APIGA with their local communities when they return home;

Upon completion, provide APTLD with a brief testimonial (up to 300 words) highlighting on his/her impressions and takeaways from APIGA 2017.

How to apply and the application process timelines

Please complete the papers required and submit them as a single PDF file to GM at: l.todorov@aptld.org by June 8, 2017.

The call closes on June 8, 2017.

GM, together with a designated APTLD board member, reviews the applications and submits the short list of nominees to the APTLD Board by June 10, 2017.

The Board considers the shortlisted nominations and selects a single winner and an alternate on June 15, 2017.

GM APTLD notifies the APTLD community of the single winner and the alternate on June 15, 2017.

GM APTLD begins the process of supporting the winner's attendance on June 15, 2017.

For more details on APIGA 2017, please visit http://go.icann.org/apiga.