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The Internet Society Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Programme

Application Process and Deadlines

Applications for the Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) programme are now being accepted.

To apply follow the next steps:

Step 1: Prepare carefully by first reading the Self Assessment to ensure that you qualify for this opportunity. Please also review the Selection Criteria to assist you in preparing a successful application.

Step 2: Complete the Online Application Form via ZoomGrants (click on the apply buttons below):

FIRST-TIME FELLOWS: These are individuals who have never attended an IETF Meeting as an Internet Society Fellow. Please use the link below:

Apply via ZoomGrants(tm)

RETURNING FELLOWS: These are individuals who have been selected as a Fellow to the IETF in the past and would like to apply this round for a Returning Fellowship. Please use the link below:

Apply via ZoomGrants(tm)

  • Answers to the questions in the Zoomgrants form must be submitted in English. 
  • A Zoomgrants tutorial can be downloaded here (PDF).


Call for applications open 11-July-2016
Call for applications close 31-July-2016
Successful applicants notified 19-August-16

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the world’s premier open Internet standards-development body. The Internet Society Fellowship to the IETF is available to technology professionals, advanced IT students, and other qualified individuals from developing and emerging economies.

Fellows to the IETF attend an IETF meeting where they are paired with an experienced mentor and are expected to make a positive contribution to IETF work.
The Fellowship to the IETF helps to increase the diversity of inputs to, and global awareness of the IETF’s vital work. At the same time, the Fellows participate in the development of open Internet standards and best practices and make valuable connections with global peers with similar interests.
Fellowships are available to first-time and returning Fellows. 

Fellowship Award

Internet Society Fellows to the IETF receive the following assistance:
  • Travel, accommodation, meeting registration fees, and a ticket to the IETF social event;
  • Introduction to a mentor from their area of interest to help them prepare for the meeting, network with other Experts, and successfully navigate the week-long meeting;
  • A stipend for incidental expenses; and
  • A certificate of participation.

Expectations for the Fellows

Internet Society Fellows are expected to:
  • Prepare in advance of the IETF meeting by reading relevant IETF documents and working- group discussions in their areas of interest;
  • Attend the IETF newcomers tutorial, plenary sessions, and working-group sessions throughout the week;
  • Share the experience and knowledge gained at the IETF with their local communities when they return home;
  • Participate in the NGL programme participant network; and
  • Assist with administrative aspects of the programme, including completion of a follow-up survey.

What are the benefits of the programme?

The key benefits of the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF programme are that it:

  • Exposes and encourages participation in the IETF process from emerging and developing economies.
  • Creates connections between new and established open Internet standards developers.
  • Reinforces the importance of multi-disciplinary leaders in fostering the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet.
  • Empower Internet professionals by broadening their experience and enabling their participation in open Internet standards development.
  • Provides opportunities for Fellows to participate in the global Internet ecosystem and to interact and engage with the broader Internet engineering community.
  • Increases the visibility of Fellows and prepares them to deliver more meaningful impacts at the local and regional level.

When are the Fellowships available?

Fellowships are available for each of the three IETF meetings held each year. See the IETF web site for the meeting schedule.

Who should apply?

Internet Society Fellowships to the IETF are for Internet Society members from emerging or developing economies who have the technical skills and experience to contribute to the work of the IETF.

Selection criteria

Selection for the Fellowships is competitive. All applicants must be members of the Internet Society and must meet the selection criteria.
Please note, no age limits apply to Fellowships to the IETF.

Before you apply

Before applying for the Internet Society Fellowship to the IETF 95 in Buenos Aires, please download the self assessment guide and ensure that you are able to satisfy the requirements of the checklist. 

How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

About the IETF

The IETF (along with its related organizations) is a large, open, international community of network designers, operators, vendor experts, researchers, and other interested technologists. While much of the IETF’s work takes place through mailing lists, there are three physical IETF meetings each year. The in-person experience of IETF meetings can help promote a stronger understanding of the standardization process, encourage active involvement in IETF work, and facilitate personal networking with others who have similar technical interests.

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