In order to get the most out of the IETF experience and to help the Internet Society achieve the goals of the program, Internet Society Fellows are expected to:
Prepare in advance of the IETF meeting. Preparation is important to having a good IETF experience. You should at least read the Tao of the IETF, IETF Working Group documents relevant to your area of interest, be subscribed to and follow appropriate Working Group mailing list discussions, and review other material suggested by your mentor. The earlier you start, the better.
Please read the following:
- RFC 2026: The Internet Standards Process
- RFC 3935: A Mission Statement for the IETF
- 1958: Architectural Principles of the Internet
- RFC 2418: IETF Working Group Guidelines and Procedures
The IETF Journals also give a good overview of past IETF Meetings .
Help the Internet Society with the administrative components of your Fellowship.
If you are selected for the program, we will send you an e-mail outlining the steps that need to be taken in order to get you to the meeting.
You will be responsible for:
- Applying for and obtaining a visa to enter the country where the meeting is to take place, as well as transit visa(s), if necessary.
- Making sure that your passport expires no earlier than six months and one day after the last day of the IETF meeting.
- Being prepared to liaise with Internet Society staff to finalize flight itineraries suggested by our travel service.
The Fellowship only supports travel itineraries that get Fellows to and from the meeting on dates reasonably close to the actual meeting. Fellows should not plan on incorporating extra time for personal or business trips into their travel.
- For full-time students only: Bring your student ID card with you to the meeting.
- For students residing in a country other than their native country: Confirm that your student visa in the country where you currently reside (and will be residing immediately prior to and after the IETF meeting) expires no earlier than a reasonable time after the end of the IETF meeting (varies by country and will be determined by the embassy or consular officer).
Stay in touch
Attend the IETF Newcomers Training
Attend the Fellowship Dinner
The Fellowshop Dinner is held during the IETF Meeting.
For Returning Fellows, scribe (take notes) for up to two working groups while at the meeting s. While at the IETF meeting, scribe up to two working group meetings that you normally would attend. Capturing the minutes of a working group meeting is very important to the working group and chair.
Normally there will be multiple people scribing the meeting and the chair (or WG secretariat) will collect the notes and compile it into the official session minutes.
Be available for the Internet Society photographer
Complete a Fellowship evaluation report after the meeting.
Share the experience and knowledge
Participate in the Internet Society Fellowship Alumni Network.
It will also provide us an opportunity to keep in contact with you after the meeting and inform you of training opportunities and other events organised by the Internet Society. We will also list your name, affiliation, position and country on our Internet Society Fellowship Alumni page. This is operated under an “opt-out” Policy, so please let us know if this is not something you support.