First Round Fellowship Selections

Vicky Shrestha, WorldLink Communications Pvt. Ltd., Nepal
Abdur Rahim, Asian Insitute of Technology, Thailand
Hammad Khan, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES)/FAST, Pakistan
Ruwan Silva, Lanka Communication services (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka
Ratih Kustini, PT INDOSAT Mega Media, Indonesia
Tung Nguyen, Vietnam Datacommunication Company, Vietnam
Al Ichsan Abubakar, Pacific Satellite Nusantara, Indonesia
Hani Hashim, Noorgroup LLC., Egypt
Kim Saroeun, AZ Communications Co., Ltd., Cambodia
Ather Baig, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited, Pakistan
Syed Nayyar, Dancom Online Services Karachi, Pakistan
Fernando Santos, Pacific Internet Philippines, Philippines
Cong Nguyen, Vietnam Datacommunication Company, Vietnam
Santosankar Dasgupta, Visva-Bharati University, India

Second Round Fellowship Selections

Bipin Mallla, Nepal
Sudhakar Chandrasekhran, India
Moustafa Soliman, Egypt
Quy Nguyen, VietNam
Edwin Pacunayen, Philippines
Dhruba Bhandari, Nepal
Joseph Edwards, Vanuatu
Ashok Yadav, India
Siriwan Apisiridej, Thailand
Dexter Estrada, Philippines
Dandit Hardiarto, Indonesia
Panita Pongpaibool, Thailand
Hassan Zaheer, Pakistan


The APRICOT conference, convened annually since 1996, has been a unique and successful educational forum for Internet builders in the Asia-Pacific region, to learn from their peers and from leaders in the Internet community. Senior practitioners from the Asia Pacific and around the world contribute their time to APRICOT as presenters, teachers and trainers, to produce a non-commercial conference of consistently high-quality.

Since 2000, APRICOT has incorporated a Fellowship Program to provide opportunities to developing country personnel to participate in APRICOT. This program provides basic assistance to successful fellows to cover local living and registration expenses associated with attending the conference.

The APRICOT 2005 Fellowship Committee now cordially invite suitable applicants to apply for fellowship funding to participate in APRICOT 2005 in Kyoto.

Target Audience

The APRICOT Fellowship Program targets personnel from developing countries who are actively involved in Internet development, in any of the following roles:

  • Engineers (Network Builders)

  • Decision Makers in government, educational, non-government and private sectors

  • Educators and trainers

Award Package

Successful applicants will be provided with a reasonable (local host standard) allowance for food and accommodation. In addition all fees for participation by fellows in the Conference, Tutorials and Social Events will be waived. The final grant size is determined according to final costs and available funding, and will be advised to successful applicants.

It should be noted that travel expenses are not funded by the Fellowship Program and are the responsibility of the successful fellow.

Several sample economy airfares are provided below as a guideline.


approx. $ 1,600 USD


approx. $ 1,400 USD


approx. $ 900 USD

Again, travel expenses are the responsibility of the successful fellow.
APRICOT does not have the resources to cover airfares for successful fellowship applicants.

Criteria for Selection

The APRICOT 2005 Fellowship Committee will select the fellows according to following criteria.

  1. Membership of the Target Audience listed above

  2. Residency in a developing country

  3. Demonstrated ability to utilise the experiences gained from APRICOT

  4. Willingness to return to APRICOT as a presenter or trainer in future

  5. Candidates who have been prior recipients of a fellowship from APRICOT or related conference such as APAN or SANOG will not ordinarily be considered for fellowship.

Applicants from any part of the world will be considered, however it is expected that the majority of fellows selected will be from the Asia-Pacific region.

Fellowship Selection Committee

The Fellowship Section Committee is Chaired by Suresh Ramasubramanian and Co-chaired by Tom Vest.

The Fellowship Committee can be contacted at <apricot2005-fc@e-side.co.jp>.