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Application Round Opens for Nairobi Meeting Fellowships | Program ensures global representation at ICANN’s International Public Meetings

29 September 2009

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. : The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has launched the ninth round of fellowship program applications for its 37th International Public Meeting to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 7-12 March 2010.

“Just like the Internet, ICANN is global in scope in its operations,” said Theresa Swinehart , ICANN's Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships. “Our fellowship program, through the contribution of alumni from the previous 7 meetings, continues to experience success in making sure global voices are heard in the wide variety of public forums that it holds.”

For the upcoming Seoul Meeting, there are 35 fellows selected from 27 countries, chosen from 132 applications received. 10 of the fellows are alumni from at least one of the past seven programmes; 21 fellows are first-time attendees to any ICANN meeting and 4 have attended past meetings, but are first time fellows. Priority is given to applicants who are current residents of developing and least developed nations and interested in participating in ICANN and its supporting organizations, such as the Governmental Advisory Committee, the Country Code Names Supporting Organization, and the Generic Names Supporting Organization. The fellowship will assist in covering airfare, hotel and a stipend. Recipients will be expected to actively participate in and contribute to ICANN processes. As always, registration for ICANN’s meetings is free for anyone wanting to attend.

Applications for the meeting in Nairobi will be accepted from now until 1200 PDT (UTC -7) on 6 November 2009. More information, as well as a link to the application for a fellowship, is available online at: http://www.icann.org/en/fellowships/