ICCA Inclusion Fund Now Accepting Applications for Funding to attend ICCA Congress in Hong Kong

ICCA is pleased to announce that its Inclusion Fund is open for applications for funding to attend the ICCA Congress in Hong Kong in May 2024. 


The Fund 

The ICCA Inclusion Fund (“the Fund”) was established by the ICCA Inclusiveness Committee pursuant to its Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Plan of 11 May 2020. The objective of the Fund is to support engagement in ICCA activities for those who do not have adequate means. In 2024, ICCA will offer full fee waivers to a number of ICCA and Young ICCA members who do not have adequate funding, inter alia, to attend the 26th ICCA Congress in Hong Kong in person from 5-8 May 2024 (“the Congress”). Funding for Congress attendance has been provided by ICCA with the generous cooperation of the Congress host, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre


Application Requirements 

  • Applicants must be members of ICCA and/or Young ICCA.  


  • To apply for funding, applicants must submit (in the form of a single PDF): 


  1. A letter of motivation including (a) a description of the anticipated benefits of Congress attendance for the applicant’s professional development and (b) a description of the applicant’s financial need (maximum word count: 750 words)

  2. A resume or CV.


  • Applications should be in English or accompanied by a full English translation. 


  • Applications must be submitted via an application form on ICCA’s website, accessible here, before the deadline of 10 December 2023. The application form will also solicit the following information from applicants: first and last name; gender (female, male, or prefer not to specify); nationality; residence; whether the applicant is authorized to practice law in any jurisdiction and if so, which one(s); current profession and affiliation; whether they are members of ICCA or Young ICCA; and contact details. 




Selection Process 

The funds will be awarded by a Fund Subcommittee (“the Fund Subcommittee”) composed of members of the ICCA Inclusiveness Committee, supported by the ICCA Bureau. 


The 2024 Fund Subcommittee is composed of:  


  • Eduardo Zuleta

  • Rohit Bhat

  • Shirin Gurdova


Applications will be evaluated by the Fund Subcommittee according to but not limited to the following criteria: 


  • ICCA’s mission of promoting diversity and inclusion in international dispute resolution and whether applicants represent historically disadvantages or underrepresented (minority) groups, including in relation to age, colour, disability, ethnicity, gender, indigenous origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status; 

  • The professions of the applicants, including arbitration practitioners, judges, lawyers in public service, and advanced students who are members of Young ICCA; 

  • Previous active involvement in ICCA and/or Young ICCA activities; and 

  • Objective and subjective financial need, assessed pursuant to metrics such as the OECD DAC List of ODA (Aid) Recipients as “least developed countries” or other low-income countries (objective need) and the personal financial circumstances of applicants (subjective need). 


Funding from the Inclusion Fund is open to applicants of any race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin. However, applicants who are related to ICCA Foundation, Inc. Board Members, ICCA NGO Governing Board Members, Young ICCA Co-Chairs, ICCA Bureau staff members and any individual involved in the Fund Subcommittee’s decision-making process will be excluded from consideration.  


Click here to apply.