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

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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.