Fellowship

Overview

The programme is designed to provide funding assistance to selected applicants to attend APRICOT 2018.

Starting from APRICOT 2000, APRICOT has been providing financial support to selected individuals from the Asia Pacific region to attend APRICOT.

The purpose of the APRICOT Fellowship Programme is to give opportunities to Internet network engineers and operators from the less privileged parts of the Asia Pacific to participate in the region's premier Internet Operations and Technology event. The human networking is an extremely important component for growing the Internet across the region, with the APRICOT Fellows gaining valuable opportunities to meet Internet network professionals from all around the world. This is in addition to the technologies and skills learnt or enhanced during the APRICOT Workshops and the APRICOT Conference itself.

The award is open to anyone who meets the criteria described below. Selected fellows will have an opportunity to network with colleagues in the industry, learn first-hand about APRICOT and its related activities, then return home with new insights to aid them in their professional development.

APRICOT has an open call for applicants through the conference website and announcement email lists. The Fellowship Committee will conduct ongoing evaluations of the applicants and make their selections based on certain criteria including applicant experience and applicant's desire to continue to participate in APRICOT. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship Award which is granted to successful applicants (Fellows) covers the conference registration fee and accommodation, and provides a contribution towards the cost of the travel and living expenses associated with attending APRICOT.

Fellowship Award Package (Local Participants)

Residents of Nepal are encouraged to apply for the local fellowship award.  The local fellowship will cover 100% of the Registration Fee to either the Workshop or Conference.

Fellowship Award Package (International Participants)

Applicants selected for the APRICOT 2018 Fellowship programme will receive the following support:

  • 100% of the Registration Fees for either the Workshop week or Conference week.
  • 100% of the Accommodation Costs (up to 6 nights for the Workshop & up to 5 nights for the Conference) at the APRICOT Fellows Hotel
  • A contribution towards airfare and per diem based on the following regional allowances:
    • South Asia - US$300
    • South East Asia - US$500

Applications are open to residents of all South Asia and South East Asia countries, not just LDCs as in previous years.

Key dates

9th October Fellowship Programme Launch
30th October Fellowship Application Closes at 17:00(UTC +8)
6th November Application Reviews commence
20th November Completion of Reviews
24th November Inviting Successful Applicants to accept awards
4th December Acceptance Deadline
6th December Publication of Successful Applicants

Eligibility

Applicants need to be actively involved in Internet development in any of the following capacities:

  • Network engineering and network design
  • Network operations and Network Operation Centre
  • Educators and trainers

Selection criteria

  • Demonstration of financial hardship that would make participation in APRICOT otherwise impossible.
  • Demonstration of track record in sharing what is learned with colleagues and peers.
  • Demonstration of local Internet community involvement in a technical or operational capacity.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants who have been prior APNIC or APRICOT Fellowship recipients within the last five years will not normally be considered eligible for an APRICOT 2018 Fellowship.

Terms & Conditions

In the case of international Fellows, the contribution towards air travel and per diem will be paid on the last day of the Fellowship awarded: Workshop Fellows will receive their contribution during Friday 23rd February; Conference Fellows will receive their contribution during Wednesday 28th February.

The accommodation provided for international Fellows is a single room and includes breakfast; this is pre-paid by APRICOT. All Fellows must have sufficient funds to cover any incidental costs incurred in the hotel or in Kathmandu. APRICOT is not responsible for costs incurred by Fellows and is unable to provide any cash advance.

Successful Fellows will be requested to accept or decline their fellowship by email reply to the request from the APRICOT Fellowship Committee Chairs as per the schedule. It’s the prospective Fellow’s responsibility to ensure they have provided a working email address, and that they monitor email during the period in question. The deadlines are not negotiable.

APRICOT Fellowship is a privilege and all Fellows are required to participate fully during either the workshops or conference, and all meetings and social events organised by APRICOT for the Fellows (both separately and with other delegates). Failure to do so may result in withdrawal of the Fellowship award.

All applicants must be fully aware and agree to accept all terms & conditions of the fellowship as stipulated in the application webpage.