ARIN Fellowship Program

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The application period for the ARIN 50 Fellowship Program is now closed.

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 12 Fellows is selected twice a year to participate in the month-long program before, during, and after 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 program’s four 90-minute sessions provide an overview of Internet governance, Internet number resource policy and its development, ARIN services and operations, and the Internet Number Registry System.

As a Fellow, you will have the opportunity to learn the ARIN Policy Development Process, 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.

Learn more about how to apply today!

What our Fellows have said…

“The sessions were very informative and provided me with a clearer understanding of some policies governing the management of internet number policy and resources and resource policy development.”

-ARIN 49 Virtual Fellow

How Fellows Are Chosen

2022 Fellowship Selection Committee

  • Amanda Gauldin, ARIN Staff
  • Bram Abramson, ARIN Board Member
  • Paul Andersen, ARIN Board Immediate Past Chair
  • Mercia Arnold, Past Fellow
  • Jeremy Bernick, Past Fellow
  • Roosevelt Lewars, Past Fellow

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 12 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.

Fellowship Mentors

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 so Fellows can be introduced before the sessions begin. Each mentor and their Fellows will have weekly breakout room sessions to more deeply examine ARIN’s processes and operations and discuss how best to prepare for understanding and engaging with the upcoming Public Policy and Members Meeting. There will also be one one-on-one call scheduled between Mentors and Fellows during the course of the program for additional dialogue.