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FYI - fellowship survey report

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Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 17:00:44 -0400
Subject: ICANN News Alert -- Catching Up with Fellowship Alumni:
Highlights from the Fellowship Survey Report

ICANN News Alert

    News Alert

    Catching Up with Fellowship Alumni: Highlights from the Fellowship
Survey Report
    28 May 2015

The ICANN Fellowship program, now hosted by the Development and Public
Responsibility Department (DPRD), has grown tremendously since first
being held at ICANN 29 in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2007.

The over 600 alumni strong Fellowship program, provides an opportunity
for eligible candidates from developing nations around the world to
participate face to face with other members of ICANN’s
Multistakeholder Community, through a "fast track" engagement
experience, exposing Fellows to ICANN’s Community and processes.

In the hopes of continually improving our work and responding to the
needs of our expanding diverse community, a survey was circulated to
all alumni capture key information on the Fellowship experience,
including demographics, benefits of the program, effects on personal
development, participation and barriers in the ICANN Community, areas
for improvement, and the highlights of former Fellows.

  "The fellowship thrusts you headfirst into the ICANN community! It
gives you invaluable exposure to the Internet industry and its key
leaders, especially if you're from a developing country, where this
otherwise would be impossible. It gives much-needed structure to ICANN
meetings, especially for newcomers. It also allows face-to-face
interaction with community leaders (all the way up to the CEO), which
is invaluable for newcomers."

- Chaitanya Ramachandran, fellow from India

A total of 154 Fellowship alumni responded to the questionnaire,
providing largely positive insightful feedback and constructive
commentary on the program.

The DPRD was pleased to find and report that Fellowship alumni are
overall very happy with their Fellowship experiences, with most all
respondents scoring the Fellowship program with an 8 or higher (on a
scale of 1-10) in regards to their personal development, networking
opportunities, and in providing insight at the ICANN Meeting they may
have not received if they attended on their own. These aspects, as
well as exposure to the Multistakeholder model, Internet governance
developments, and assistance with the vision or development of
national or local projects, were also identified as some of the most
beneficial aspects of the program, influencing the career paths of

  "I am highly enthusiastic to be a vocal advocate for the growth of
the Internet in the Persian speaking countries. This fellowship and
the meeting provided me with the necessary information and knowledge
on the ICANN governance mechanism and its role in the Internet
governance ecosystem. I hope to bring me experience to the Persian
speaking community and help engage the latter with the different
constituencies of ICANN."

- Shabnam, fellow from Iran

A key indicator that the program’s goal of capacity building is
working would be that 88% of Fellowship alumni survey respondents
currently participate in the ICANN community, demonstrating continuity
and integration from the Fellowship program into the community through
a variety of avenues including participation at ICANN Meetings and at
other events in the Internet ecosystem, and by advocating for Internet
issues in their home countries and regions.

Alumni were also encouraged to share their thoughts on areas in which
the Fellowship program could improve. The top two areas identified for
improvement were accepting more Fellows into the program, and
assisting newcomers through a mentorship program.

  "Creo que una barrera es el idioma, ICANN debe trabajar por hacer
llegar a la comunidad toda la información en los diferentes idiomas y
no solo en ingles."

"I think a barrier is language, ICANN must work to give the community
information in different languages, not just English."

- Carlos Alberto Villaseñor Quesada, fellow from Costa Rica

The DPRD is looking into the possibility of expanding the numbers of
the Fellowship program, while recognizing the importance of the
closely-knit nature of the program, facilitated by small groups. The
DPRD is also excited to announce that the Fellowship Coaching program,
which started at ICANN #48 in Buenos Aires 2013 in pilot form, has
been institutionalized as an integral part the program, addressing the
need identified by alumni for mentorship of new Fellows.

  "I now have been working as mentor to first time fellows, which is a
great experience so far. Let me say this is the best fellowship
program I have ever experienced, seen and heard of, for it is managed
in a great way by Janice and team. She has been a great support,
mentor and guide to all the fellows and always there to fight for
them. :) The fellowship program will really need her to continue to
flourish and produce next generation leader of the future Internet and
to be able to ensure One World, One Internet."

- Zakir Syed, fellow from Pakistan

Lastly, alumni were asked to share highlights from their Fellowship
experience. The top three thematic highlights included: the Fellowship
community and network; meeting with senior leaders and experts; and
the knowledge acquired on ICANN and the Internet ecosystem.

We look forward to continuing to improve the Fellowship program, and
empowering new members to our community in their participation at
ICANN and in the Internet ecosystem.

  "I remember a lady came forth to me once at the first ICANN meeting
I attended and said that she was impressed with my work and thought
that I will one day be a change maker in the Internet community. Who
knows? I may prove her right one day."

- Walid Al-Saqaf, fellow from Yemen

The full Fellowship Report, including next steps is available here.

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