APrIGF 2023 Fellowship Application Guideline

Apr 12, 2023 | Fellowship, News

This year, APrIGF is excited to continue with a hybrid conference in Australia.

The aim of the APrIGF Fellowships is to bring diversity into the Internet Governance community by fostering the participation of underrepresented communities in the Internet Governance discussions. Through the program, fellows can develop a greater understanding of pressing and emerging Internet Governance issues in the Asia-Pacific region and globally, and network with peers from diverse Internet Governance fields.

Fellows are selected to represent diversity of different economies,genders and stakeholders including academia, Civil society representatives, Government/IGO, Private sector, technical and students.

Fellowship Program Sponsors and Partners

APrIGF Fellowship applications are open to both new and experienced participants. Selected Fellows may be offered a full or partial fellowship, depending on the evaluation of the Fellowship Committee based on a points system with the set of criteria listed below. 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.

Fellowship Applications: 12 April 2023 (Wed) 00:00 UTC –  11 May 2023 (Thu) 23:59 UTC

Fellowship Program 2023 Results Announcement: On or before 16th June 2023

Eligibility: Individuals residing in the Asia-Pacific region

Central Asia

Eastern Asia

South-eastern Asia

South Asia



Brunei Darussalam



Hong Kong









Lao People’s Democratic Republic






North Korea



South Korea







Sri Lanka


Viet Nam

Australia & New Zealand







American Samoa

Christmas Island

New Caledonia


Cook Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Papua New Guinea

Marshall Islands

French Polynesia

New Zealand

Solomon Islands

Micronesia (Federated States of)


Norfolk Island




Northern Mariana Islands






Wallis and Futuna Islands


Requirements for Selected Fellows (Must Read)


All in-person Fellows are required to be fully vaccinated as defined by (local host) before arrival. Once you have accepted the Fellowship offer, you will be asked to submit proof of full vaccination to the portal before the trip. Failure to provide vaccination proof will not be granted sponsorship for flights and accommodation.

Travel Insurance

All in-person Fellows are required to purchase travel insurance which covers a certain level of Covid-19 related costs for their trip at their own expense before arriving in Australia. Once you have accepted the offer to be an onsite Fellow, you shall purchase travel insurance and update the secretariat by email. Failure to obtain travel insurance will not be granted sponsorship for flights and accommodation.

Insurer Product Name & Application Page
E.g. Zurich Insurance XX Plan, p. Y

Passport & Visa

Please check if you have a valid passport until the end of the trip, and whether you will require a valid visa to enter Australia. Selected fellows traveling to Australia shall apply for visa (if necessary) at their own expense. We will be happy to assist in case you need any supporting documents for the application.

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority – Visa Requirements

We recommend you to make use of this tool which helps you to check the latest Covid restrictions particularly for your trip:
International SOS – COVID Trip Planner

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 2023 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):
  • 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 in 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 an amount subject to final confirmation. Transfer will be made to Fellows after the conference when they have fulfilled the engagement requirements.

If you need more information about the event, please visit the host website at 2023.aprigf.asia.  For other enquiries, please feel free to contact the Secretariat at [email protected].

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