Deadline: May 13, 2022

The Jonathan B. Postel Service Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has made outstanding and sustained contributions in service to the Internet community. The award is named after Dr. Jonathan B. Postel to recognize and commemorate the extraordinary stewardship he exercised throughout a 30-year career in networking.

The chosen candidate will be presented with a US$20,000 honorarium and the signature crystal engraved globe at a virtual global conference with Internet technical leaders later this year.

Eligibility and Requirements

The award is focused on sustained and substantial technical contributions, service to the community, and leadership. Concerning leadership, the nominating committee places particular emphasis on candidates who have supported and enabled others in their work.

The nominator must include specific acts, works, contributions, and other criteria that exemplify how the nominee has been in service of the Internet and its communities along with two references to support the nomination.

Selection Criteria

Technical Contributions

  • The candidate has developed new technologies that have extended the Internet’s functionality or scope.
  • Contributions include: developing new protocols, devices, techniques, technical processes, or tools that lead to the growth, usefulness, or strength of the Internet.
  • The candidate has substantially contributed to strengthening, growing, and protecting the Internet. The impact of their work has made the Internet more available and accessible in their region or beyond.


The candidate has brought a community together, formed a group, or motivated an existing organization to:

  1. Contribute innovations and advance the Internet.
  2. Grow and strengthen the Internet.

Service to the Community

  • The candidate volunteers their time to educate others about the Internet.
  • They enable others to contribute to the development of the Internet.
  • They continue to selflessly devote their time to the evolution and adoption of the Internet.


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