Apply to the ARIN 51 Fellowship Program

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The application period for the ARIN 51 Fellowship Program will open 5 January 2023.

Application Eligibility

Individuals who are 18 years of age or older, and reside in the ARIN region, are eligible to apply if they have a demonstrated interest in the American Registry for Internet Numbers, Ltd. (“ARIN”) community and its policy development process for the management of Internet number resources. Special consideration will be given to those who have never attended an ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting before, who demonstrate a financial need, or those who present a compelling case for being a part of this program.

Applicants must understand the importance of ARIN’s mission and be familiar with ARIN services, including the Internet number resources it manages and the process reflected in the Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM). Applicants should be subscribed to the ARIN Announce and ARIN Public Policy mailing lists and participate in all activities as outlined in the program description.

What our Fellows have said…

“I have nothing but respect and appreciation for all the ARIN members that participated in the Fellowship discussions and presentations. Their valuable time elevated the sessions to an awesome level and made ARIN and the community feel approachable.”

-ARIN 50 Fellow

Program Description

Internet number resource policy is, like other areas of Internet governance, 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 Internet operations and their professional growth alongside it.

A group of up to 10 Fellows is selected twice a year to participate in the month-long program leading up to 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 number resource policy and its development, ARIN services and operations, and the Internet Number Registry System.

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.

The ARIN 51 Fellowship Program is hybrid, meaning Fellows will participate in virtual sessions before the ARIN 51 Public Policy and Members Meeting and, at a week after the time of selection indicate their choice to attend ARIN 51 either virtually or in person in Tampa, Florida.

Request a Personalized Letter for Your Employer

To request a personalized letter to send to your employer highlighting the benefits of applying to the ARIN Fellowship Program and attending an ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting, please email fellowships@arin.net.

Program Timeline

5-25 January 2023
Applications open for the ARIN 51 Fellowship Program

30 January - 23 February 2023
The Fellowship Selection Committee reviews eligible applications and collectively selects 10 Fellows to participate in the ARIN 51 Fellowship Program

24 February 2023
Selected Fellows are notified

3 March 2023
Selected Fellows must sign the Fellowship Program’s Terms and Conditions and state their participation method (hybrid or virtual). If a Fellow selects hybrid, they must confirm their COVID-19 vaccination status according to ARIN’s Travel Qualified Policy.

17 March 2023
Any Fellows who are traveling for ARIN 51 must have airfare arrangements finalized and booked with ARIN staff.

23 March 2023
Two pre-recorded sessions will be available for Fellows to review.

  • “Introduction to ARIN”
  • “Introduction to Internet Number Resources”

30 March 2023
Virtual Session 1

6 April 2023
Virtual Session 2

13 April 2023
ARIN 51 Meeting Orientation (virtual)

16-19 April 2023
ARIN 51 Public Policy and Members Meeting (virtual or in-person attendance required)

Fellowship Program Application Questions

Below are the questions asked on the ARIN 51 Fellowship Program application.

  1. Do you currently reside in the ARIN region? (If you currently reside outside the ARIN region, you are ineligible to apply.

  2. What is your current job title and employer? If you are a full-time student, please identify the school, area of concentration, and expected degree or diploma along with graduation date.

  3. Please provide contact information for a current or recent supervisor or, if a full-time student, current educational administrator, who you agree ARIN may contact as a reference.

  4. How did you hear about the ARIN Fellowship Program?

  5. Have you applied for an ARIN Fellowship before? If so, when?

  6. Have you previously attended an ARIN meeting (in person or virtually) within the past five years? If so, which?

  7. The ARIN Fellowship Program is not a training program, but it is important to have basic knowledge of key areas to participate fully in ARIN’s activities and policy development discussions, which focus on Internet number resources and routing. Please describe your familiarity with any or all of the points below, and how you have attained it:

    • ARIN’s Number Resource Policy Manual, or Internet number resource policy development in other settings
    • IPv6 deployment
    • IP address management, including ARIN’s IPv4 Waiting List and/or transfer market
    • Routing security, including the role ARIN plays
    • Internet governance

If you have little familiarity with most of these areas, please state whether you would be willing to devote time to reviewing free, online materials about them to help you participate meaningfully in the ARIN community.

  1. Are there ways in which you have regularly interacted with the ARIN community?

  2. Please provide a brief summary of your professional and/or academic experience within the Internet industry. What are some specific ways in which you hope participating in this Fellowship Program will affect your professional trajectory?

  3. This program has a strong mentorship component with seasoned members of the ARIN community. Explain what sort of mentorship outcomes you would like to see, and what kinds of professional experience or related qualities you seek in a mentor. If possible, please tie your answer back to the professional goals discussed in your previous response. 

  4. How do you hope the Fellowship Program will help you participate in the ARIN 51 Public Policy & Members Meeting and any continued working relationship with ARIN in the future?

  5. Fellows are responsible for taking concrete steps to share or apply what they have learned about ARIN and its work in their organizations or broader communities. What steps do you initially propose? These should be refined with the Fellow’s Mentor and with ARIN following program participation.

  6. Please explain your need for financial assistance to attend the ARIN 51 Public Policy and Members Meeting in person. Selection preference is given to those who demonstrate financial hardship.

  7. Is there anything else the Fellowship Selection Committee should know about you?