ICANN Announces Recipients of the ICANN76 Fellowship

7 November 2022

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the successful candidates selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at the ICANN76 Community Forum. A total of 40 applicants from 35 countries will take part in the 11–16 March 2023 meeting in Cancún, Mexico.

The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including civil, government, country code top-level domain operations, academia, business, technical, security, and end-user groups.

The Fellowship Program seeks individuals who are interested or already engaged in the various aspects of ICANN's work, such as policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

The ICANN organization (org) received 206 eligible applications for the ICANN76 Fellowship Program. If ICANN76 is held virtually, the Fellowship Program will also be held virtually.

Click on this link to see the list of selected candidates.

Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition

The Fellowship Program selection committee selected returning fellow Bukola Oronti from Nigeria as the recipient of the Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition Award.

The Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition is a tribute to Dr. Tarek Kamel, who served as ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President of Government and Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Engagement. The recognition acknowledges outstanding contributions of fellows in furthering ICANN's capacity development efforts in their respective regions. Learn more here.

Paul Muchene Fellow Award

Bendjedid Rachad Sanoussi, a returning fellow currently residing in Ghana, has been selected as the first recipient of the Paul Muchene Fellow Award. The Paul Muchene Fellow Award is a tribute to Paul Muchene, an ICANN Fellowship Program participant and ICANN org staff member who passed away in August 2022. To learn more here.

To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, visit its website.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.