Fellowships to the 4th Sub-Regional Capacity Building Exercise

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 the global Internet policy making process.

The Middle East DNS Forum brings together field experts and affected parties to discuss the latest developments in the global domain marketplace and ways to strengthen the DNS industry in the Middle East. The DNS forum offers participants opportunities to network with other stakeholders and experts; discuss various business, technical and policy aspects of the domain industry; develop a better understanding of ICANN’s work so that they can to play a bigger role in shaping the future of Internet; and learn about new approaches to establish and expand commercial online presence

To bolster the capacity of the ccTLD community in the Middle East area, APTLD in cooperation with ICANN offers 2 (two) competition-based Fellowships to APTLD Members per the APTLD Fellowship Policy for the 5th Middle East DNS Forum, Ankara, Turkey, 25 -26 April 2018, which for the purpose of this Call is construed as the 4th Sub-Regional Capacity Building Exercise.

Selection Criteria for the APTLD Fellowship to the 4th Sub-Regional Capacity Building Exercise

a) Fellowship is awarded to APTLD members that represent ccTLD registries in the Middle East area, including APTLD’ Ordinary and Associate members alike from the Arab States, as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan only.

b)      To qualify for the Fellowship, applicants must submit:

·       A short bionote (no more than 300 words);

·       A recommendation from the employer;

·       A rationale for his/her participation in the Meeting (up to 300 words), including:

-        interest and involvement in a ccTLD’s operation;

-        professional achievements and successes;

-        a topic for presentation (where applicable)

-        expected outcomes and how the Fellowship will help him/her develop professional skills and promote professional growth;

·        A successful Fellow must submit, upon the conclusion of the Forum, his/her written testimonial (up to 300 words) on the feedback and areas of learning and is so doing, the fellow grants his/her consent to such a testimonial being made publicly available by APTLD on the APTLD website,

Important: To qualify for the Fellowship the applicant should demonstrate a sufficient degree of proficiency in the English language. 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 test should be reported to the Board to make an informed decision on the applicant’s eligibility for the Fellowship.

How to apply and the application process timelines

Please complete the papers required and submit them to GM at: l.todorov@aptld.org by April 5, 2018

The Call closes at 00:00 UCT on 6 April 2018.

GM reviews the applications and submits them to the APTLD Board for review, with the successful candidates to be announced on 12 April 2018.


APTLD Fellowship covers only airfare, which is booked and prepaid by APTLD. All airfare is economy class return and should not be in excess of a lowest refundable fare available on an on-line booking site.

The Fellow must apply for visas if necessary well in advance of the Forum.

Claims for visa application should be supported by documentary proof. However, any cost incurred (e.g. transport cost) for obtaining the visa to enter the host country is not claimable.

Hotel accommodation and meals on the spot for the successful applicants for the length of the Forum (3 nights) will be provided thanks to ICANN's general contribution.

Neither APTLD, nor ICANN offer any monetary allowances, whether per diem or otherwise.

Fellows are also responsible for obtaining and covering the cost of any and all insurance, including but not limited to travel insurance. Neither APTLD, nor ICANN refund insurance costs

Claim processing against such insurance (including any costs involved) is the Fellow’s responsibility.

Neither APTLD nor ICANN refund any costs the selected Fellow has incurred in preparing the presentation material for participation in the Program.