This term, the Ecosystem WG is running an experiment called the ENS Ecosystem Fellowship.
The purpose of the Fellowship program is to identify and support builders/devs who are actively creating and contributing within the ENS ecosystem, or have already made a significant impact in their contributions to ENS.
Fellows are selected based on their potential to make positive, long-lasting contributions to the ENS Ecosystem.
Each fellow will receive a grant to the value of US$50k for the Term, to encourage them to continue their work building and experimenting with ENS and acknowledge their past impact on the ENS ecosystem.
The Ecosystem working group allocated $50k in USDC to pilot the ENS Fellowship this term (Q3/Q4 2022). Selection of the Fellow for this term is made by the stewards of the Ecosystem working group. For details on selection going forward, please see the “Next Steps and Beyond” section below.
Each ENS Fellowship will run for a Term (six months).
This Fellowship period will be for the Second Term (Q3/Q4) of 2022, which runs from July 1 2022 to December 31st 2022.
The Fellowship grant will be $50k USDC for the Term—which will be distributed through a stream.
The ENS Fellow in a given Term is encouraged to provide updates to the Lead Steward of the Ecosystem working group from time to time, so their work may be amplified within the community.
There are no explicit deliverables an ENS Fellow must deliver over the course of a Fellowship.
Fellows are not precluded from receiving additional grants for their projects from the DAO—whether directly from working groups, the ENS grants platform, the ENS Ecosystem Gitcoin Grants Round, or any other DAO-funded initiative.
ENS Fellow: gregskril.eth
The ENS Ecosystem Fellow for the second term of 2022 will be Greg Skril.
Greg has been contributing to the ENS ecosystem since December 2021. Below is a list of Greg’s ENS-related projects.
ethleaderboard.xyz: A website that shows the 100k+ Twitter accounts with a .eth name to track adoption of the ENS/Ethereum ecosystem. Accompanied by a Twitter bot that constantly searches for new accounts and allows users to add themselves.
ensfairy.xyz: A website that simplifies the registration process for .eth names. The ENS Fairy website enables people to register a .eth name and send (fairy) it to the recipient’s wallet, or to the ENS Fairy vault that is managed by validator.eth and nick.eth.
ensfees.wtf: Dune dashboard that lets you enter any wallet address and see the total amount spent on ENS registration fees, displayed in ETH and USD.
ethgasalerts.xyz: A suite of tools that helps people save significant money on Ethereum transaction fees. Includes gas price predictions, transaction fee estimates, and low gas alerts. Users can see an estimate of the cost of a range of ENS-related transactions based on gwei at a certain amount. Estimates are provided for the cost to register a .eth name, set a record, register a subdomain, import a DNS name, set a text record and transfer a name.
ENS Records API: Open-source API to fetch common text records from any ENS name for easier integration.
website.ens.art: ENS/IPFS website generator that lists ENS profile information.
Community participation: As well as building projects that contribute to the ENS Ecosystem, @gregskril also participates in weekly Working Group calls for the ENS DAO and makes regular appearances on ENS-related Twitter spaces to share updates related to his work and help educate the community.
The stream will be set up in the coming week or two.
If the ENS Fellowship pilot is deemed a success by the community, the Fellowship may continue into 2023 and be expanded.
Over the coming months, the Ecosystem WG can use the time to think through the selection process for the Fellowship beyond this term. After ideas have been polled at the next Ecosystem WG call (30th august) a new forum thread will be posted for further discussion.
Thanks to the Ecosystem stewards for their support in running this pilot.