Call for Fellowship to 2020 Subregional Advanced DNSSEC Training

Application Deadline: 19 January 2020

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 the 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 Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Sultanate of Oman, the .OM ccTLD registry and an APTLD Member, offers 3 (three) Sub-regional Fellowships to the advanced DNSSEC training to be held in Muscat, Oman, on 12-16 April 2020.

Delivered by Mr. Berry A.W. van Halderen (, a renowned expert from NLnetLabs ( Europe’s leading applied research and educational center in the Netherlands, the technical Workshop consists of mentored hands-on labs to teach advanced DNS Security Extensions and DNS Security Analysis for the operators who are responsible for the security and DNS services in their organization.

The training will be conducted on the premises of TRA Oman.

The Fellowships cover travels (economy class round ticket), visa costs, costs of a taxi transfer from/to the Muscat international airport, and the hotel accommodation (including breakfast and the Internet costs) for the whole length of the Workshop, with the arrival date of 11 April and departure date of 17 April 2020.

Also, coffee and lunch breaks, and local shuttle services to/from the venue will be sponsored by TRA Oman.

The Fellowships do not cover medical insurance and per diem.

Selection Criteria for the APTLD Fellowship to Workshop

Qualifying for the Fellowship

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

  a minimum competence of a completed 2nd year bachelors' degree in computer science from a western university or its local equivalent in their country of residence/work;

●  a basic understanding of DNS (this course is not an introduction)

●  a basic command line shell knowledge on Linux or BSD.

●  fundamental stills of Linux/Unix filesystems (being able to interpret a log file).

●  knowledge of and ability to use basic editors (vi, joe or nano).

●  Be employed in an APTLD –associated ccTLD registry from the following list:

   -  .AF

   - .BD

   - .JO

   - .IQ

   - .LK

   - .NP

   - .QA

   - .PS

   - IDN ccTLD for Georgia, and

   - NTC Pakistan

Present a short strong motivation in an arbitrary format and in the form of a Statement of Interest for attending the workshop, including demonstrating a strong sense of:

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

   - how attending the Workshop would help him/her in work.

●  Present a letter of recommendation and permission to travel to Oman from the CEO.

Participants are also required their own Laptop for hands-on activities.

Back home, successful applicants are expected to:

●  Draft and submit to APTLD a brief report on the Workshop highlighting their experience and impression of the quality of sessions attended;

●  Share the experience and knowledge gained at the Workshop within their organization when they return home.

Please note that these Fellowships may not be awarded to any recent (since 1 November 2018 onwards) APTLD Fellows.

How to apply and the application process timelines

Please complete the papers required and submit them to GM at: by 19 January 2020.

The Call closes at 23:59 Moscow time (UTC+3) on 19 January 2020.

GM, together with a designated APTLD board member, reviews the applications and announces successful applicants by no later than 23 January 2020.

GM APTLD begins the process of supporting the selectees’ attendance on 23 January 2020.