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ARIN Suspends Fellowship Program for 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have suspended the ARIN Fellowship Program until we are able to resume in-person Public Policy and Members Meetings. All eligible applications received for the ARIN 45 fellowship will be considered when we resume the program unless withdrawn by the applicant.

What is the ARIN Fellowship Program?

In 2009, under the oversight of the Board of Trustees, ARIN introduced a Fellowship Program to bring selected individuals from throughout the ARIN service region to our Public Policy and Members Meetings (PPMM). By offering financial support to Fellows who otherwise would be unable to attend, ARIN welcomes new and diverse voices into discussions and the policy development process. Some Fellows have gone on to become ARIN ambassadors in their own communities, while others have been elected to ARIN governing bodies.

In October 2019, the Fellowship Program transitioned from the Board of Trustees to a staff-facilitated program designed to broaden inclusion, diversity, engagement, and volunteerism amongst ARIN service region community members. The program remains committed to broadening awareness about ARIN’s work and services and providing opportunities to participate in ARIN’s Policy Development Process (PDP).

Under the Fellowship Program, up to 10 Fellows who reside in the ARIN service region are welcomed twice a year to an ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting. Selected Fellows must be from ARIN customer organizations or have a direct and visible engagement in the ARIN community

Selected Fellows receive the following benefits:

All Fellows will be paired with a seasoned ARIN Mentor who can provide guidance as they participate in the PPMM. They will also have opportunities to network with ARIN’s Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, and staff, including community members throughout the region while gaining an in-depth exposure to ARIN’s operations, services, and PDP.

ARIN Fellows will participate in a pre-meeting webinar to learn more about ARIN’s PDP and current draft policies, so they are confident and prepared to participate in current policy discussions.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about ARIN and becoming a part of an active, involved, and committed community, then ARIN looks forward to receiving your Fellowship application! To be considered, you must meet the criteria described below and submit an online application by published deadlines. Past Fellows are encouraged to reapply.

What our Fellows have said…

The organization of the program and the strength of the Fellows chosen made for a rewarding professional experience.

-ARIN 43 Fellow

Am I eligible to apply?

The ARIN Fellowship Program is open to individuals from ARIN customer organizations or individuals having a direct and visible engagement in the ARIN community who reside in the ARIN region: Canada, the Caribbean and North Atlantic Islands, and the United States and Outlying Areas who have an interest in learning more about ARIN’s programs and services and Internet number resource policy and discussions in the ARIN region.

Past ARIN Fellows may apply to be considered to receive one future ARIN Fellowship. Applications will be considered based on selection criteria outlined in this section. Past Fellows will also be evaluated on their previous Fellowship participation, this includes completion of the Fellowship Program survey.

Applicants are expected to meet the following criteria in order to be considered for an ARIN Fellowship:

  • Require financial assistance in order to attend an ARIN Meeting.
  • Understand the importance of ARIN’s mission and have some familiarity with ARIN Services through their professional experience.
  • Be subscribed to the ARIN Announce and ARIN Public Policy mailing lists.
  • Present a compelling case for attending an ARIN PPMM, including:
    • what they intend to accomplish or get out of attending an ARIN PPMM,
    • how attending an ARIN PPMM would help them in their work or study, and
    • how they intend to apply/share their ARIN experience when they return home.
  • Attend and participate in pre-meeting training and all of the meeting public functions, including a Newcomer Orientation, tutorials and/or evening sessions, and the ARIN Social.
  • Submit a professional headshot.
  • Sign and return the ARIN Fellowship Terms and Conditions, and complete and return the ARIN Fellowship Travel Form and Fellowship Stipend forms within three business days of accepting a Fellowship.
  • Complete a Fellowship Program evaluation after the conclusion of the meeting. (Fellows who do not complete the program evaluation will be ineligible to reapply for a future Fellowship.)
  • Review the PDP, draft policies, and the ARIN Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) prior to attending the meeting.
  • Have the support and approval from current employer, if needed, prior to applying for and/or accepting an ARIN Fellowship.
  • In cases of international travel, have in possession all necessary travel documents, passports and/or visas, at the time of accepting an ARIN Fellowship.

All applicants must complete the online Fellowship Program application in full and submit it according to published deadlines in order to be eligible. Past Fellows and applicants are eligible to reapply and are strongly encouraged to do so. To be considered, a new application is required. A preview of the Fellowship application questions is available below. Please note that ARIN staff may not be used as references.

What our Fellows have said…

It provided me with an opportunity to see how I can play a part in advancing regional cooperation regarding Internet development issues in the region.

-ARIN 44 Fellow

How do I apply?

Look for an announcement and a link to the application on this page. Questions? Please email

Request a Personalized Letter for Your Employer

To request a personalized letter to send to your employer highlighting the benefits of applying to ARIN’s Fellowship Program and attending an ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting, please email

How are Fellows chosen?

2020 Fellowship Selection Committee

  • Bram Abramson, Past ARIN Fellow
  • Brian Jones, General Member in Good Standing
  • Hollis Kara, ARIN Staff
  • Cathrona Samuel, Past ARIN Fellow
  • Bill Sandiford, Vice Chair of the ARIN Board of Trustees
  • Alicia Trotman, ARIN Advisory Council

The Fellowship Selection Committee is led by a member from ARIN’s Communications Department and includes volunteer representatives from the ARIN-elected bodies, General Members in Good Standing, and past fellows. Together, they evaluate applications and select Fellows for the spring and fall meetings.

The Committee is charged with evaluating the applications and selecting the applicants who are best suited for an ARIN Fellowship. The Committee’s decision is guided by the selection criteria outlined in the “Am I eligible to apply” section and at its sole discretion. The Committee will also take into consideration a desire to provide opportunities to individuals from a broad diversity of organization types and geographic locations.

The Committee may award up to 10 ARIN Fellowships per ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting, but may elect to award fewer. The Committee may also designate two additional applicants to serve as primary and secondary alternate awardees in the event a selected Fellow must decline their ARIN Fellowship.

The decisions of the Committee are final, and the awards will be announced on ARIN’s website. All Committee communications and deliberations regarding potential Fellows will be kept confidential.

How are the winners announced?

Those selected as Fellows are notified by ARIN’s Communications Department. After their acceptance is confirmed, the winners are announced on the ARIN Current and Past ARIN Fellows webpage 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 future 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.

Who are the Current and Past Fellows?

See all ARIN Current and Past Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to our most recent Fellows for ARIN 44 in Austin, Texas!


  • Bram Abramson, Technology Counsel


  • Marcia Brandon, Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Betty Fausta, IPEOS I-Solutions
  • Daniel Fokum, The University of the West Indies
  • Lendon Telesford, NTRC - Grenada


  • Scott Johnson, SolarNetOne, Inc.
  • John Olson, Webhiway Communications
  • Joseph White, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Inc.

What our Fellows have said…

Speaking for myself, I would NEVER have gotten this involved with ARIN policy had it not been for the Fellowship program.

-ARIN 44 Fellow

ARIN Fellowship Application Questions

Below is a preview of some of the questions asked on the ARIN Meeting Fellowship questionnaire.

  1. Provide your contact information below:
  • Full Name:
  • Organization Name and Org ID:
  • Position:
  • Address:
  • City/Town:
  • State/Province:
  • ZIP/Postal Code:
  • Country:
  • Email Address:
  • Phone Number:
  1. What interests you about ARIN? Why?
  2. What do you intend to accomplish by attending an ARIN Meeting?
  3. How do you think your ARIN Meeting experience will benefit you, your organization, or the Internet community when you return home?
  4. If selected how do you intend to share or apply what you learned at your organization and/or within your community?
  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. Please provide the name and contact information of two references who can support your application. (References may be contacted by the ARIN Fellowship Selection Committee.) Please note that ARIN staff may not be used as references.
  7. Please explain your need for financial assistance. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate a true financial hardship.
  8. Provide a brief summary of your experience, professionally or academically, within the Internet industry. Please do not include your resume.
  9. What is your experience within Internet governance and/or policy?
  10. Are there any additional comments that you have?