APrIGF 2021 Fellowship Program Applications Open!

Apr 30, 2021 | Fellowship, News

(Click here for the Fellowship Program 2021 Results – Posted Jul 12, 2021) 

The aim of the APrIGF Fellowship program is to bring diversity into APrIGF as it facilitates under-represented communities to be involved in the Internet Governance process. In order to take advantage of the new format of the event this year, we have redesigned our program which can better fit in a virtual environment.

Applications are open to both new and experienced participants. While we generally offer financial assistance of US$150 to our fellows, the number of selected fellows from the large number of applications we expect to receive will be limited by the funding that is available for our Fellowship program this year. The final selection decision by the Fellowship Committee will be based on a points system each member allocates to the set of evaluation criteria listed below.

Fellowship Applications: 30 Apr 2021 (Friday) 00:00UTC – 27 May 2021 (Thursday) 23:59UTC 3 June 2021 (Thursday) 23:59UTC

Fellowship Program 2021 Results Announcement: On or before 30 Jun 2021

Eligibility: Individuals residing in the Asia-Pacific region

Central Asia Eastern Asia South-eastern Asia South Asia
Kazakhstan China Brunei Darussalam Afghanistan
Kyrgyzstan Hong Kong Cambodia Bangladesh
Tajikistan Japan Indonesia Bhutan
Turkmenistan Macao Lao People’s Democratic Republic India
Uzbekistan Mongolia Malaysia Iran
North Korea Myanmar Maldives
South Korea Philippines Nepal
Taiwan Singapore Pakistan
Thailand Sri Lanka
Viet Nam
Australia & New Zealand Melanesia Micronesia Polynesia
Australia Fiji Guam American Samoa
Christmas Island New Caledonia Kiribati Cook Islands
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Papua New Guinea Marshall Islands French Polynesia
New Zealand Solomon Islands Micronesia (Federated States of) Niue
Norfolk Island Vanuatu Nauru Pitcairn
Northern Mariana Islands Samoa
Palau Tokelau
Wallis and Futuna Islands

Evaluation Criteria Priorities

Nationality & City of Residence

  • Is the applicant from a developing or least developed country?
  • Does the country which the applicant represents contribute to the diversity of countries?
  • How many participants from the country have attended past conferences or have been  fellows?


  • Has the applicant engaged in any APrIGFs, global or local IG initiatives before? If so, please provide details of engagement. Engagement in the community increases the chance of an applicant receiving a Fellowship.
  • Does the applicant have a clear plan/vision for community engagement or other contribution to APrIGF, after the conference?

Contribution to Diversity

  • Is the applicant’s plan likely to help with the equal participation of women and gender diverse communities at both regional and local levels?
  • Is the applicant’s plan likely to enhance the multistakeholderism concept?

Return Fellowship

  • Every past fellow is eligible to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship again, but no person may be granted the APrIGF Fellowship more than twice. (The year of 2020 is excluded because there was no financial support provided to the selected fellows.)
  • To encourage new faces, past fellows are less likely to be accepted than new applicants in general. However, there is an exception for 2020 fellows who did not receive any financial support, and they are welcome to apply again as new applicants this year.

Engagement Requirements of Fellows


  • Attend online introductory course(s) on Internet Governance as designated.
  • Attend the pre-conference preparation webinar for Fellows.
  • Join the 2021 Fellows mailing list discussions.
  • Coordinate with the assigned buddy group and attend group coordination calls.
  • Participate in APrIGF Synthesis Document development process.
  • Make use of your social media presence to promote the event, sessions and activities, by actively creating and sharing posts online.

During Conference

  • Participate in the capacity building sessions on Day 0.
  • Coordinate within the assigned buddy group and attend at least 40% of all sessions during the 3-day main conference.
  • Attend Fellows-mentors meet-up sessions and report to the mentor about the sessions they have attended.
  • Join in various activities with the assistance of mentors/Fellowship Committee. For example (but not limited to):
    • To contribute to a session as a panelist/ speaker/ rapporteur.
    • To organize with other Fellows a short session on a particular IG topic.
  • Participate in the APrIGF Synthesis Document development process.
  • Coordinate and work among the buddy group to provide a summary report in a dedicated session on Day 3. (**Returning Fellows are required to serve as buddies and help coordinate the buddy group on the rapporteur work)
  • Attend the briefing session on Day 3.
  • Help promote APrIGF! For example, live tweet the event to increase engagement and draw attention to APrIGF in real time; create posts/ blogs/ videos to share your learnings and opinions after attending sessions, etc.

Post Conference

  • Share your key takeaways or the issues highlighted from APrIGF in any popular format, e.g. blog post, video log, recording, etc.
    Share it online with your community and send a link to the Secretariat within 2 weeks after the conference.
  • Complete a fellowship feedback survey within the specified deadline.
  • Participate on the post-conference buddy group call to review the program experience.
  • Consent to be added to the Fellows alumni network mailing list and social media groups.
  • Join the MSG as an Observer Member for 1 year at least.
  • Engage in local community development initiatives.
  • Fellowship support: Selected Fellows will be granted US$150 for the contribution to APrIGF based on the decision of the Fellowship Committee. The amount is subject to final confirmation. Transfer will be made to Fellows after the conference when they have fulfilled the engagement requirements.

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If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact the Secretariat at [email protected].

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