ARIN Fellowship Program
The application period for the ARIN 51 Fellowship Program will open 5 January 2023.
About the ARIN Fellowship Program
Internet governance and number resource policy are powered by community participation. To encourage and foster new voices and active members within the ARIN region community, the ARIN Fellowship Program provides a specialized, interactive learning opportunity to individuals interested in these aspects of the Internet and their professional growth in the industry.
A group of up to 10 Fellows is selected twice a year to participate in the month-long program before and during an ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting. Fellows receive an in-depth, expert-guided introduction to the workings of the ARIN organization and Policy Development Process (PDP), along with opportunities for networking and direct participation in the PDP.
With the personal support of an ARIN community member mentor, Fellows progress through an engaging and approachable agenda of presentations, discussions, and Q&As with ARIN leadership — including ARIN staff and Advisory Council members. The sessions provide an overview of Internet governance, Internet number resource policy and its development, ARIN services and operations, and the Internet Number Registry System.
The ARIN 51 Fellowship Program is a hybrid format, meaning Fellows will participate in virtual sessions before the ARIN 51 Public Policy and Members Meeting and can choose to attend ARIN 51, held 16-19 April 2023 in Tampa, Florida, either virtually or in person.
Fellows have the opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and gain the knowledge and confidence to join in community discussions, propose new ideas, and become part of the future of Internet governance and policy in the ARIN region. Fellows should anticipate spending a few additional hours outside of the sessions reading materials and preparing for group discussions.
What our Fellows have said…
“The program has been thoughtfully constructed. It provided a fantastic introduction to ARIN and a solid foundation on which to begin (or continue) contributing to ARIN. I have a much better understanding of the function of ARIN and its place amongst the various Internet governing bodies.”
-ARIN 50 Fellow
How Fellows Are Chosen
The Fellowship Selection Committee is led by ARIN’s Community Programs Manager and includes volunteer representatives from ARIN-elected bodies, General Members in Good Standing, and past fellows. Together, these committee members evaluate applications and select Fellows for the spring and fall meetings.
The Committee’s decision is guided by the Application Criteria section of the Fellowship Program Application page and at the Committee’s sole discretion. The Committee will also take into consideration a desire to provide opportunities to individuals from a diverse range 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. Applicants not selected to receive the Fellowship in the current round are eligible and encouraged to apply in future rounds.
Members of the ARIN Advisory Council and seasoned community members serve as mentors, providing advice, sharing their experience, and answering questions to help facilitate Fellows’ transition into the ARIN community. Mentors are assigned prior to the program’s start. During the Fellowship sessions, each mentor and their Fellows will have weekly breakout room discussions to deeply examine ARIN’s processes and operations and learn how to prepare for the upcoming Public Policy and Members Meeting. There will also be a one-on-one call scheduled between Mentors and Fellows during the course of the program for additional dialogue.