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ARIN Fellowship Program

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What is the ARIN Fellowship Program?

ARIN's Fellowship Program was created in 2009 in an effort to broaden educational outreach and bring new ideas into the public policy discussions. Up to 15 individuals are selected to attend each ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting and receive the following benefits:

  • Hotel accommodations at the meeting hotel
  • Round-trip economy class airfare to the meeting
  • A small stipend to assist with travel incidentals and meals
  • An ARIN Advisory Council or seasoned community member mentor

ARIN Meeting Fellowships now optionally include registration and hotel accommodations for the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) or the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) meeting when held back to back to ARIN's Public Policy and Members Meeting.

My experience absolutely exceeded my expectations. From the planning before the conference, the recommendation to join the PPML mail list, participating in NANOG and ARIN, the view to community involvement, encouraged interaction with all ARIN Team and members, the socials and overall transparency was amazing and appreciated.

ARIN 36 Fellow

Loved the meeting/seminar - very educational and intensive. The level of interaction, diplomacy, and democracy is very impressive.

ARIN 36 Fellow

It was great to be part of the key decision-making and at the forefront of the policies and processes that impact our Internet infrastructure.

ARIN 36 Fellow

My ARIN Montreal experience surpassed, by far, any expectations I had. The draft discussion sessions provided excellent examples of how the community can determine the policies under which ARIN is guided.

ARIN 36 Fellow

The general policy discussions were more engaging than I'd expected and the transparency of the policy development process is very impressive.

ARIN 35 Fellow

The most obvious strength of the program to me was that it gives people the chance to be exposed to and participate in a meeting that impacts the operation of the Internet at such a high level.

ARIN 36 Fellow

Am I eligible to apply?

Note: Domicile requirements have been removed and the ARIN Fellowship Program is now open to all individuals (including past ARIN Fellows) interested in Internet number resource policy in the ARIN region. You do not have to be domiciled in the ARIN service region, however, the Charter for the Fellowship Selection Committee states that if the qualified applicant pool permits, three to five Fellows will be selected from each sector of the ARIN region: Canada, the Caribbean and North Atlantic Islands, and the United States and Outlying Areas. Past Fellows are welcome to apply.

Applicants should meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the fellowship award:

  • Require assistance in order to attend an ARIN Meeting. (Statement from applicant stating funding is not otherwise available.)
  • Have an understanding of the importance of ARIN's mission and some familiarity with ARIN Services through their professional experience.
  • Be subscribed or subscribe as part of the application process to the ARIN Announce and ARIN Public Policy Mailing lists.
  • Present a case for attending an ARIN meeting, including:
    • what they intend to accomplish or get out of attending an ARIN Meeting,
    • how attending an ARIN Meeting would help them in their work or study, and
    • how they intend to apply/share their ARIN experience when they return home.
  • Be able and willing to attend and participate in all of the meeting public functions, including a first timer's event, tutorials or evening sessions and the ARIN Social.
  • Be willing to complete a Fellowship Program evaluation after the conclusion of the meeting.
  • Be willing to sign the ARIN Fellowship Terms and Conditions

All applicants must complete a Fellowship Program application in full and return it according to published deadlines in order to be eligible. A preview of the Fellowship application questions is available below.

How do I apply?

Applications are now being accepted for ARIN's Fellowship Program to attend ARIN 40 in San Jose, CA from 5 - 6 October 2017. Apply now through 5:00 PM ET on Wednesday, 12 July 2017. Click the box below to complete your web-based application.

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Questions? Please email

How are Fellows chosen?

The Fellowship Selection Committee includes representatives from the ARIN Board of Trustees and Advisory Council, and two General Members in Good Standing who evaluate applications and select fellows in February for the spring meeting and early September for the fall. You can read more about the committee’s selection criteria in the Charter for the Fellowship Selection Committee.

How are the winners announced?

Those selected as Fellows are notified by ARIN’s Communications and Member Services Department. After their acceptance is confirmed, the winners are announced on this page and to the ARIN Announce mailing list. Applicants not selected to receive the Fellowship in the current round are eligible and encouraged to apply in subsequent rounds.

How does mentorship work?

Members of the ARIN Advisory Council and seasoned community members serve as mentors, providing advice and sharing experience that will provide a smooth transition into the ARIN community. Mentors are assigned prior to the meeting so that Fellows can benefit from their knowledge before they even set foot on the plane, alleviating some of the uncertainty inherent in the first-time experience at a new meeting. The mentor will be available throughout the meeting to introduce, explain, and impart knowledge of ARIN's processes and operations.

Know someone that would be interested?

Help spread the word by directing them to this page or sending a link to our Fellowship Flyer.

Who are the Current and Past Fellows?

Congratulations to Our Most Recent Fellows!

ARIN 39 - New Orleans


  • Nancy Carter, Canarie
  • Andre Dalle, National Capital Freenet
  • Patrick Lalonde, Terrahive
  • Michael Lerer, Open Stance Enterprises


  • Jose R. de la Cruz, Internet Society, Puerto Rico Chapter
  • Susannah Gray, Internet Society, San Francisco – Bay Area Chapter
  • Austin Murkland, Qscend Technologies, Inc.
  • Joseph Olivieri, Root Level Technology, LLC
  • Alfredo Calderon-Serrano, Internet Society, Puerto Rico Chapter
  • Craig Thompson, Caldwell Global Communications, Inc.
  • Kelvin Watkins, State of Oregon


  • Jason Hynds, Barbados
  • Roxanne John, Ministry of Economic Planning, Sustainability, Industry, Information and Labour, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Brent McIntosh, Cable and Wireless Grenada, Grenada
  • Kerrie-Ann Richards, VFJ Coding Ltd., Jamaica

Note: See all ARIN Current and Past Fellowship Recipients

ARIN Fellowship Application Questions

Below is a preview of the questions asked on the ARIN meeting fellowship questionnaire.

  1. Provide your contact information below:
    • Name:
    • Organization (Include ORG ID if ARIN Member): 
    • Position:        
    • Address:        
    • City/Town:    
    • State/Province:        
    • ZIP/Postal Code:      
    • Email Address:
    • Phone Number:
  2. What interests you about ARIN?
  3. What do you intend to accomplish by attending an ARIN Meeting?
  4. How do you think your ARIN Meeting experience will benefit you or your organization when you return home?
  5. To apply you must be subscribed to the ARIN Announce and Public Policy Mailing Lists. Under what email address are you subscribed with?
  6. Describe your need for assistance to attend an ARIN meeting.
  7. Please provide the name and contact information of two references who can support your application.
  8. Provide a summary of your professional experience.
  9. Are there any additional comments that you have?

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