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How long do ICFP fellowships last?ICFP fellowships may be 3, 6, 9, or 12 months in duration.
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Can fellowships be done remotely?Yes. The application page states "While fellows are ideally able to work locally within their host organization, applicants who wish to work remotely will also be considered with the expectation that a strategy for remote communication will be established"
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I cannot check if my CV was uploaded. Is that normal?Yes. Our new proposal platform does not yet provide confirmation that the file uploaded but in all it has uploaded without issue.
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Are countries from the Global South considered non-western?For the purposes of fellowship considerations, yes. Any countries that institute significant information controls outside of the US/Canada and Western Europe are potential areas for research.
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Can fellowship agreements have a part-time commitment?"Fellows are expected to work full time on their project. Some previous fellows have maintained part time positions but full time positions are not allowed."
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If I am changing status (PhD to postdoc) and host organization (faculty to a laboratory) within the same Western-based university, is this a problem?Your status is not an issue. If you intend to have your host organization be the university you attend, please note that one of the things that is listed to avoid is "Working with a host organization you are already affiliated with"
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Is it acceptable if I am based at a European university but collaborating with a Central Asian university?Yes, that is acceptable
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If I already have references, may I include them on my CV?Please feel free to include them
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There is no word limit stated for the mandatory questions. What is the ideal word count for answering application questions?There is not an ideal word count. While brevity is appreciated, the applicant should include the content deemed relevant to assessing the project idea. Please note that applicants who move past the initial review round will be asked to complete a proposal form where longer descriptions are expected.
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Are full-time doctoral students eligible to apply for the fellowship? If awarded the fellowship, would they be required to suspend their studies for the duration of the fellowship?Doctoral students are not required to suspend their studies if the fellowship project is in line with their studies. But the fellowship does require that the equivalent of a full time effort be carried out over the course of the fellowship.
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Shoud the host organization be a Law firm or a company? Are they supposed to be a NGO?Applicants can specify any host organization of their choosing. Justification needs to be provided in the application. Non-academic host organizations are welcome, as are those based outside the United States. Please avoid working with a host organization you are already affiliated with.
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How do I find a host organization?We encourage you to look at the previous host orgs or to identify suitable organizations that have expertise in the subject matter area being focused on. Should your application be reviewed favorably, we will work with you to identify a suitable host organization.
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Can an individual apply with more than one project with the same host organization? Should they submit more than once?Individuals can apply with more than one project with the same host org. This can be done so either in one application or multiple applications.
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Should we speak to the host organization before we submit an application? Applicants are not required to speak to the host orgnizations before submitting an application. But justification on the choice of the host organization needs to be provided in the application.
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I am a PhD student at Arizona State University. My Nationality is Pakistan. I just wanted to confirm that I am eligible to apply for the fellowship.Yes, you are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Please note that any individual based in the United States will need to acquire the appropriate work authorization. For instance, if a student with an I-20 visa intends to carry out their project in the United States, they will need to apply to use Curricular Practical Training for their fellowship.
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What does it mean to be affiliated with a host organisation? Would previous research consultancy work constitute an affiliation?You are affiliated with a host organization if you are currently a staff member or student of the organization, or funding is already available for your project through this organization.
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Is there a limit on how many projects/aplications an individual can submit? Is 5 too many?There is not a specific limit on the number of applications one individual can submit. Nonetheless, please note that a maximum of one application will be selected to submit a full proposal. Overall, we welcome an individual to submit more than one potential project including if they have five different ideas.
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In Things to Avoid, it is mentioned not to focus on countries with minimal information controls. Can I plesae have a list of those countries? More specifically, I just wanted to ask if South Asian Countries such as China, India, Pakistan come in that category?Given the constantly evolving nature of information controls being implemented in any individual country, a list of countries cannot be provided. Nonetheless, a helpful point of reference is the Freedom of the Net report published by Freedom House. In addition, it is worth noting that past successful fellowship applicants have focused on all three countries you reference.
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The application window for the Information Controls Fellowship ends on March 13. Can I please know the time or is it March 13 Anywhere On Earth (AoE)?As noted at the top of the FAQ on the fellowship page, the time the application window closes is 23:59 (11:59PM) GMT
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