About the Program

MANRS brings together Ambassadors and Fellows to make the global routing infrastructure more robust and secure.

A MANRS Fellow is an emerging leader in the community who strongly believes that routing security is an essential component for the future well-being of the Internet and is ready to contribute to its improvement. Fellows are not required to be representatives of a MANRS participant organization.

The MANRS Fellowship Program offers highly motivated people an opportunity to be exposed to the mission and work of the MANRS initiative in international development. Through this program, Fellows are enabled to bring new perspectives, innovative ideas, and recent research experience into the MANRS work to improve routing security. Fellows work with Ambassadors – well respected routing security professionals – to improve their skills while working in a diverse environment.

MANRS Fellows work in one of three categories:

  • Training
  • Research
  • Policy Analysis

Schedule

Applications Open Feb 28 - Mar 17
Review Period Feb 18 - Apr 01
Announcement of Fellows Apr 08 Learn More
Program Starts Apr 15

Scope of Work

Training
Tasks
  • Training
    • Conduct MANRS tutorials and trainings/workshops online
    • Develop content for training and tutorials under the guidance of Ambassadors
    • Help improve existing online tutorials and online labs
    • Approach regional and national operator groups to understand their requirement for training
    • Provide technical assistance and guidance to less experienced network operators
  • Promote MANRS
    • Generate MANRS awareness through word-of-mouth in local and regional communities
    • Write content such as blog posts, newsletters, reviews, etc. related to MANRS
    • Promote MANRS on social media
    • Work closely with MANRS Ambassadors and coordinate with other Fellows in the category
    • Allocate up to 6 hours per week to MANRS
Prerequisites
  • Minimum 2 years working experience in the field, as part of the team managing a network
  • Good working understanding of BGP Have conducted training either for RIRs or other community-based organization (e.g. NOGs)
Research
Tasks
  • Technical research
    • Maintain a list of BGP hijacks, leaks and bogon announcements that impact the Internet significantly
    • Collect relevant information on significant incidents such as route dumps to pinpoint the problem and identify the scale of it
    • Write in detail about such incidents under the guidance of Ambassadors
    • Review and test Network Operating Systems from different vendors to check their implementation of BGP Prefix filtering, SAV (Source Address Validation) and RPKI
  • Promote MANRS
    • Provide in-depth reporting on the implementation of these functions from different vendors
    • Share these reports with the community for further open discussion and provide feedback to vendors
    • Write contents such as blog posts, newsletters, reviews, etc. related to MANRS
    • Allocate up to 4 hours per week to MANRS
Prerequisites
  • Minimum 4 years working experience in the field, as part of the team managing a network
  • Working understanding of BGP dumps
  • Understanding of routing incidents
  • Able to clearly communicate (in English) about these incidents
Policy
Tasks
  • Analysis
    • Review existing policy documents targeting Internet security, routing security, DDoS, and issues that can be addressed through MANRS actions
    • Provide feedback on such policies
    • Help improve existing policy documents for MANRS
  • Promote MANRS
    • Generate MANRS awareness through word-of-mouth in local and regional communities
    • Write contents such as blog posts, newsletters, reviews, etc. related to MANRS
    • Allocate up to 4 hours per week to MANRS
Prerequisites
  • Basic understanding of how routing works and the concepts of routing security
  • Experience writing policy documents
  • Experience working with policymakers or participating in different policy forums

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Frequently Asked Questions

They last for up to eight months.

Every Fellow receives a stipend of up to $750/month. The remuneration will be based on KPIs, reviewed every month.

Fellows gain valuable insight and networking opportunities from Ambassadors, who are well respected in the routing security industry. Fellows also have the opportunity to improve their skills, work in a diverse environment, and improve the Internet’s routing infrastructure to benefit their own organization as well as all Internet users.

Yes, if you fulfill all the criteria. Employment may not be required of students.

No.

Yes, you can apply for multiple categories, but you can only be selected for one.

Yes, intermediate level English language is required.

Please contact the Fellowship Program Team at [email protected]

We have resources for a total of 4 Ambassadors and 14 Fellows, but our ultimate goal is to find the right people.

Ambassadors must be affiliated with a MANRS participant organization. This requirement does not apply to Fellows.

Previous Ambassadors and Fellows cannot reapply for the same positions, but previous Fellows can apply for the Ambassador Program as long as they meet the requirements, including being a representative from a MANRS participant organization.

Please refer to the timeline above.

Please refer to the timeline above.

If you have questions about this program or the application process, please email [email protected] or refer to FAQ section above.