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Selection Criteria for Fellowships to the IETF

Qualifying for the Programme

Selection for the Fellowship is competitive.  In order to qualify for an Internet Society Fellowship, applicants must:
  • Be a member of the Internet Society.
  • Hold a university-level computer science, information technology, or similar degree, or can demonstrate similar and relevant work experience.
  • Be employed in a technical or technical management capacity with a data network provider (including university networks), a technology vendor, a local technical association, or other similar organisation OR be a university-level computer science/information technology professor, lecturer, or student currently undertaking research in one or more areas of current IETF standardisation work. Students must be enrolled in a graduate-level program (Masters or Ph.D).
  • 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 they intend to accomplish or get out of attending an IETF meeting
    • how attending an IETF meeting would help them in their work or study, and
    • how they intend 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 a emerging or developing economy, which traditionally have low rates of participation in the IETF.
  • Require assistance in order to attend an IETF meeting
  • Previously unsuccessful applicants are welcome to apply again.

The following attributes are not required to receive an IETF Fellowship, but will reflect favorably on the application:

  • Involvement in one or more regional data networking organisations, such as regional operators groups (AfNOG, WALC, SANOG, PacNOG, etc.), regional Internet Registries (LACNIC, AfriNIC, APNIC, etc.), ccTLD operators groups, regional university technical forums, SIGCOMM, ISOC, or other relevant organisations.
  • Having actively participated in the work of an IETF Working Group through the mailing lists.
  • Ability to demonstrate that they have sought but were unable to obtain funding to attend an IETF meeting through other sources.
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.