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ICANN is looking for the 'next generation' of individuals who are interested in becoming more actively engaged in their own regional communities as well as taking part in the future growth of global Internet policy.  Important work is happening every day at ICANN; if you are ready to start your journey, read the information below to see if you are eligible for the next ICANN Meeting. 

Prospective members of the NextGen@ICANN initiative must be:

  • Currently living and studying in the region of the respective ICANN meeting and between the ages of 18 and 30.  Since applicants must be from the region in which the meeting is being held, it's important to understand what ‘regions’ mean. ICANN has established five geographic regions: Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. ICANN's meetings rotate through these geographic locations using the new ICANN Meeting Strategy. In the event that applications are being accepted from regions other than the one in which the ICANN meeting is taking place, ICANN will make this information publicly available online well in advance of the application process for that specific meeting. For those over the age of 30, be sure to apply for the ICANN Fellowship program if you meet the Fellowship criteria (Learn More).
  • Able to spend the time allotted for the ICANN meeting, actively participating and in attendance at all required events, as noted by the organizers of NextGen.
  • Interested in Internet Governance, the future of the Internet, and other topics covered at the ICANN meeting.
  • Willing to present a 5-10 minute project at the meeting. This could be a presentation of research you are working on or have completed, an activity you are doing related to ICANN's work, a website you are affiliated with that is related to ICANN's work, a thesis project you are working on, etc.

By applying, applicants are stating they are willing and able to spend the period of the ICANN meeting with the NextGen@ICANN group and will attend all required events. Each individual is provided a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel and a stipend. NextGen participants are required to secure their own visas for travel at their own expense, as well as obtain any travel or health insurance, if desired, at their own expense. If you wish to apply for NextGen@ICANN, you must provide your personal information, however it is voluntary to choose to apply.

For more information please see the Program's Terms and Conditions. 

Upcoming Launch Dates: 

ICANN60 (Meeting C) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to be held 28 October – 3 November 2017

  • Application Round open: 15 May 2017 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round close: 23 June 2017 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected NextGen announcement: 31 July 2017

ICANN61 (Meeting A) in Puerto Rico to be held 10 March - 15 March 2018

  • Application Round open: 11 September 2017 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round close: 20 October 2017 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected NextGen announcement: 04 December 2017

ICANN62 (Meeting B) in Panama, to be held 25-28 June 2018

  • Application Round open: 15 January 2018 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round close: 23 February 2018 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected NextGen announcement: 06 April 2018

ICANN63 (Meeting C) Barcelona to be held 20 October - 26 October 2018

  • Application Round open: 14 May 2018 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round close: 22 June 2018 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected NextGen announcement: 30 July 2018

NextGen Ambassador Program

In an effort to maintain Program consistency and build upon the relationship between members of the NextGen@ICANN program and ICANN Community and Staff, the role of NextGen Ambassador has been established. Individuals who have successfully completed a previous NextGen@ICANN program are encouraged to apply for the role of Ambassador. A NextGen Ambassador is required to mentor new members in order to expedite their understanding of the ICANN community and topics of the ICANN Meeting  week.

Ambassadors are required to attend all NextGen sessions at an ICANN Meeting, provide support at the ICANN Information Booth alongside the ICANN Fellowship Alumni.

Applicants will be evaluated on their written explanation, within the NextGen application, of how they have remained active in Internet Governance and/or Regional or Global ICANN work since their previous experience, as well as how they plan on engaging the new NextGen members prior to, during and after the ICANN Meeting. An outline or plan for their own participation in the Meeting may also be considered.

The NextGen Ambassador program participants will be selected using the Selection Committee as outlined above (minus the votes of the existing Ambassador if applicable).

Click Here to Apply To NextGen@ICANN 

Click Here to Apply To Become A NextGen@ICANN Ambassador 

Previous NextGen Participants

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