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ICANN Announces Recipients of the ICANN79 Fellowship

15 November 2023

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the candidates selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at the

ICANN79 Community Forum. Forty applicants from 32 countries will take part in the 2 –7 March 2024 meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ICANN organization (org) received 378 applications for the ICANN79 Fellowship Program.

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

The Fellowship Program seeks individuals who are interested or already engaged in the various aspects of ICANN's work, such as policymaking, Domain Name System operations, 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.

If ICANN79 is held virtually, the Fellowship Program will also be held virtually.

To view the list of selected candidates, visit the dedicated website.

Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition

The Fellowship Program selection committee selected returning fellow Amina Ramallah 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 Adviser to the President and Senior Vice President of Government and Intergovernmental Organization Engagement. The recognition acknowledges the outstanding contributions of fellows in furthering ICANN's capacity-development efforts in their respective regions.

Paul Muchene Fellow Award

James Kunle Olorundare from Nigeria has been selected from among the ICANN79 Fellows as the 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 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.