Inclusion Fund Terms and Conditions

1.  The ICCA Inclusion Fund (“the Inclusion Fund”) was established by ICCA Foundation, Inc. (“ICCA”) and its Inclusiveness Committee pursuant to its Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Plan of 11 May 2020. 


2. The Fund objective of the Inclusion Fund is support engagement in ICCA activities for those who do not have adequate means. In 2024, ICCA will fund a number of ICCA and Young ICCA members to attend the 26th ICCA Congress in Hong Kong in person from 5-8 May 2024 (“the Congress”). 


3. Grants will take the form of a full fee waiver to attend the ICCA Congress in Hong Kong.


4. Funding by the Inclusion Fund will be awarded by a Fund Subcommittee (“the Fund Subcommittee”) composed of members of the ICCA Inclusiveness Committee. Administration of the Fund falls under the ICCA Inclusiveness Committee and Executive Body and is supported by the ICCA Bureau.


5. Disbursements from the Fund shall be awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis.  


6. Eligibility: 

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

  • Each applicant may only submit one application for funding. 

  • Recipients of funding will be selected based solely on the determination of the Fund Subcommittee. 

  • 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. For this purpose, related applicants include the spouses, siblings, spouses of siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, ancestors, and spouses of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the aforementioned individuals.

  • In the event that an applicant shares an institutional affiliation with a member of the Fund Subcommittee (e.g., the same law firm, law faculty, or arbitral institution), that Fund Subcommittee member will recuse him- or herself from participating in the relevant decision.

  • No recipient of funding is required to perform any services to ICCA Foundation, Inc. or the ICCA NGO in return for the granting of funding.

  • Funding from the Inclusion Fund is open to applicants of any race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin.   


7. To apply, applicants must provide the following (in the form of a single PDF): 

  • 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). 

  • A resume or CV. 


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


9. Applications shall be submitted via an application form on ICCA’s website, accessible here: before the deadline of 23:59 CEST on 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. By applying to the Inclusion Fund, applicants agree to the terms of ICCA’s Privacy Policy as published on the ICCA website:


10. 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 disadvantaged or underrepresented (minority) groups, including in relation to age, colour, disability, ethnicity, gender, indigenous origin, nationality, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic 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). 


11. Recipients of funding may be asked to provide evidence that the funds were used for the purposes of attending the Congress.


12. Recipients of funding will be invited to provide a voluntary (video) testimonial attesting to the benefit(s) they have derived from the funding. 


13. For any questions regarding the Fund, please contact: