[NA-Discuss] ICANN Fellowship eligibility

Judith Hellerstein judith at jhellerstein.com
Tue Nov 10 20:57:50 UTC 2015

Hi all,

Yes these are the current rules, but ICANN, according to Nora Abusitta, is in the process of revising the criteria for the fellowship. So now is the time to make suggestions for changes to the criteria. 

Glenn, i have given Nora our suggestions for changes that would enable people in the us and canada who are disadvantaged, such as the indigenous or first nations people to take advantage of this opportunity as well as other recognized disadvantage people.


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> On Nov 10, 2015, at 4:25 PM, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca> wrote:
> There have been a number of recent comments on who is eligible to apply for the ICANN Fellowship Program and specifically that some US territories are not eligible. I wanted to make sure that the program is understood.
> https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/fellowships-2012-02-25-en describes the Fellowship Program. ICANN does not want to be in a position for making value judgements on which communities are disadvantaged. Because ICANN found no single external definition that it felt addressed the needs of the Fellowship Program, two distinct external definitions are used. 
> 1. The World Bank classification as low, lower-middle, and upper-middle economies.
> 2. The UN Listing of SIDS of the three (3) UN groupings of developing and least developed nations: the AIMS, Pacific and Caribbean 
> Someone from a territory listed in ANY of the lists is eligible. Period. 
> I believe that most of the specific territories identified are in either the WB lists or the SIDS lists and therefore their residents ARE eligible for the ICANN Fellowship program. As an example, American Samoa is a UN Upper-Middle Income territory; and The Marshal Marshall Islands are in the SIDS Pacific list and the WB list. Their residents are eligible for the Fellowship Program. Some territories such as Guam, with a Gross National Per Capita Income greater than US$12,736 and not in the SIDS list are not eligible.
> There is no doubt that there are inequities in that there are often very disadvantaged communities within otherwise prosperous territories. And in some cases, the external measurements move territories in ways that may result in sudden inequities. ICANN is reviewing all of these issues and hopefully, at least some of them will be suitably addressed as we move forward.
> Alan 
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