Fellowship Internet Engineering Task Force Fellowship

at Internet Society - ISOC in United States

The IETF is the world’s premier Internet standards-development body. As an NGL programme component, 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 expected to be able 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 Internet standards and best practices and make valuable connections with global peers with similar interests.

Fellowships are available to first-time and returning Fellows.

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.

The 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 (including writing a report on the activities);
  • participate in the NGL programme participant network; and
  • assist with administrative aspects of the programme, including completion of a follow-up survey.

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.

How to apply
Applications are now open for:

IETF 84
July 29 – August 3, 2012
Vancouver, BC, Canada

IETF 85
November 4-9, 2012
Atlanta, GA, USA

Prior to applying for the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF, we recommend that you download the Self Assessment Worksheet to ensure that you are able get to the necessary documentation in which to be able to travel to an IETF meeting.

For first time applicants (those who have never been awarded an ISOC Fellowship to the IETF before), you can apply here

For applicants that have previously been awarded an ISOC Fellowship to the IETF and wish to apply as a Returning Fellow, you can apply here

Please Note: Internet Society is using a new application to process our Fellowships, Ambassadorships and Grants. The above links will take you to our new service provider, zoomgrants.com. Before beginning the application process, you will need to register as new user on that system, even if you’ve previously been an awardee of the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF.

Timeline for 2012
Applications for IETF 84 and IETF 85 will be open from 27 Feb 2012 until 23 Mar 2012.


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