Call for an APTLD Sponsored Fellowship to EuroSSIG-2019

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019


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.

The European Summer School on Internet Governance is a pioneer institution of its kind, which offers one week academic courses to students interested in learning about internet governance. The topics discussed during the summer school include political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, and technological issues but also bring in a wide range of issues affecting the global Internet such as intellectual property, cybercrime, digital divide, new market opportunities etc. Euro-SSIG was established by the University of Aarhus and the Medienstadt Leipzig e.V. in 2007.

To bolster the Asia Pacific ccTLD community’s capacity, APTLD in cooperation with the European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG), offers 1 (one) Fellowship for the 2019 edition of EuroSSIG to be held in Meissen, Germany, on 14 – 20 July 2019.

Fellows to the EuroSSIG attend the classes to gain first-hand knowledge from the highly professional faculty and engage in capacity building exercises.

The Fellowship to the EuroSSIG helps enhance APTLD members’ awareness and expertise in the area of Internet Governance and promotes their network of professional and community contacts outside the domains industry.

Fellow to the EuroSSIG receives the following assistance:

The Fellowship covers the Fellow’s entry visa fee, air travels (economy class), accommodation and per diem of USD50 through the duration of the School, as well as tuition fees, and the right to participate in social events associated with the EuroSSIG.

Upon completion of the course, the Fellow is presented a certificate of participation.

The key benefits of the Fellowship to the EuroSSIG are that it:

helps interested students and academics as well as individuals working in the private sector or in government, to understand better the global Internet Governance controversy;
allows the students to get a comprehensive and structured knowledge on the various aspects of Internet Governance;
covers the political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, technological and other dimensions of the governance of the Internet;
ensures abroad range of teaching formats;
is delivered by renowned experts;
allows extensive networking and informal interaction between students and the faculty;
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 EuroSSIG

The pre-requisite for APTLD fellowship to EuroSSIG is that applicants must be employees with the APTLD members, Ordinary and Associate ones alike.

Also, an applicant should have a basic academic degree (university undergraduate as a minimum) or relevant practical experience in the ccTLD-related area and originate from and reside in an emerging or developing economy, which traditionally have low rates of participation in the EuroSSIG.

NB: Members that were awarded an APTLD Fellowship after 1 January 2018 may not apply for this Fellowship.

Furthermore, selection criteria for the Fellowship are guided by the following considerations in determining the priority of applicants:

Representation of various AP sub-regions;
Status of development of Internet Governance in the applicants’ economies;
Involvement of  applicants in the Internet Governance in their respective economy;
Effectiveness of applicants in applying or implementing what they will learn from the EuroSSIG.

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

NB: as established by the APTLD Fellowship policies, General Manager may at his/her discretion set up a conference call with an applicant to test his/her level of command of the English language. The findings of the interview should be reported to the Board to make an informed decision on the applicant’s eligibility for the Fellowship.

Successful applicant is expected to:

Attend the EuroSSIG classes, plenary sessions, and workshops sessions throughout the duration of the School;
Share the experience and knowledge gained at the EuroSSIG with their local communities when they return home;
Draft and submit to APTLD a brief account (testimonial) of his/her participation in the School; and

Assist with administrative aspects of the EuroSSIG, including completion of necessary educational, reference and research documents.


How to apply and the application process timelines

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 EuroSSIG, including demonstrating a strong sense of:

- what he/she intends to accomplish or get out of attending EuroSSIG;

- how attending EuroSSIG 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 complete the papers required and submit them to GM at: l.todorov@aptld.org until April 30, 2019.

This Call closes on April 30, 2019 at 23:59 Moscow time (UTC+3).

GM, in consultation with the APTLD Board, will review the applications and announces the selectee on May 20, 2019.

Subsequently, EuroSSIG and GM APTLD begin the process of logistically supporting the selectee’s attendance in late-May 2019.