Call for Applications for an APTLD Sponsored Fellowship to IETF100

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 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 Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the world’s premier open Internet standards-development body, offers a Fellowship to IETF 100 to be held in Singapore, 12-17 November 2017.

Fellows to the IETF attend an IETF meeting where they are paired with an experienced mentor and are expected to make a positive contribution to IETF work.

The Fellowship to the IETF helps increase the diversity of inputs to, and global awareness of the IETF’s vital work. At the same time, the Fellows participate in the development of open Internet standards and best practices and make valuable connections with global peers with similar interests.


Fellows to the IETF receive the following assistance:
■ Travel, accommodation, meeting registration fees, and a ticket to the IETF social event;
■ Introduction to a mentor from their area of interest to help them prepare for the meeting, network
with other Experts, and successfully navigate the week-long meeting;
■ A stipend for incidental expenses; and
■ A certificate of participation.


The key benefits of the Fellowship to the IETF are that it:
Exposes and encourages participation in the IETF process from emerging and developing economies.
Creates connections between new and established open Internet standards developers.
Reinforces the importance of multi-disciplinary leaders in fostering the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet.

Empowers Internet professionals by broadening their experience and enabling their participation in open Internet standards development.
Provides opportunities for Fellows to participate in the global Internet ecosystem and to interact and engage with the broader Internet engineering community.
Increases the visibility of Fellows and prepares them to deliver more meaningful impacts at the local and regional level.


Selection Criteria for the APTLD Fellowship to the IETF
Qualifying for the Programme
Selection for the Fellowship is competitive. In order to qualify for Fellowship, applicants must:
Hold a university-level computer science, information technology, or similar degree, or can demonstrate similar and relevant work experience.
Be employed in an APTLD member.
Possess a strong understanding of how the IETF relates to and impacts their work or area of study and demonstrate how specific areas of current IETF work are relevant to their pursuits.
Present a strong motivation for attending an IETF meeting, including demonstrating a strong sense of:
what he/she intends to accomplish or get out of attending an IETF meeting
how attending an IETF meeting would help him/her in work or study, and
how he/she intends to apply their IETF experience when they return to their country.
Present a plan for sharing the experience and knowledge they gain at the IETF with others in their local area or region (see Expectations for Fellows for further details).
Originate from and reside in an emerging or developing economy, which traditionally have low rates of participation in the IETF.
Require assistance in order to attend an IETF meeting
Ability to demonstrate that he/she has sought but was unable to obtain funding to attend an IETF meeting through other sources is a plus.
The record of an active participation in the work of an IETF Working Group through mailing lists is a plus
Please note that the working language of the IETF is English. Individuals applying for the Fellowship should be comfortable and able to follow technical discussions in the English language.


Successful applicants are expected to:
■ Prepare in advance of the IETF meeting by reading relevant IETF documents and working- group
discussions in their areas of interest;
■ Attend the IETF newcomers tutorial, plenary sessions, and working-group sessions throughout the week;
■ Share the experience and knowledge gained at the IETF with their local communities when they return home;
■ Participate in the NGL programme participant network; and
■ Assist with administrative aspects of the programme, including completion of a follow-up survey.


How to apply and the application process timelines

Please complete the papers required and submit them to GM at: l.todorov@aptld.org by July 31, 2017.
The call closes on July 31, 2017.
GM, together with a designated APTLD board member, reviews the applications and announces the shortlisted candidates by August 5, 2017.
The shortlisted candidates submit applications through ISOC’s grant process on August 12, 2017 (with the applications possibly being subject to just a minor modification to match all the ISOC requirements).
ISOC notifies APTLD of the single winner on August 18, 2017.
ISOC and GM APTLD begin the process of supporting the winner’s attendance on August 19, 2017.