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Today ISOC launched a new program aimed at helping technologists from developing countries become more involved in the IETF by attending a meeting in person. The program, called the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF, sponsors the cost of attending (meeting fees, airfare, hotel accommodation, and a small stipend) for up to five individuals per meeting.
The program is aimed at individuals from developing countries that possess a solid level of technical education and enough knowledge about concrete areas of IETF work to follow and benefit from the meeting's technical discussions (and ideally they will have already been participating in one or more IETF mailing lists.)
Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive application process. ISOC currently is accepting fellowship applications for two IETF meetings: IETF 68 being held in Prague, Czech Republic on 18 - 23 March and IETF 69 being held in Chicago, USA on 22 - 27 July. Applications are due on 2 February 2007.
Full information on the program, including how apply, is located at http://www.isoc.org/educpillar/fellowship/
I encourage you to pass information about this program to individuals involved in your regional operators' groups that have a keen interest in the Internet standardisation activities of the IETF. You also may consider being a reference for the applicant.
Kind Regards, Mirjam Kuehne ISOC