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ICANN Announces Recipients of the ICANN80 Fellowship

12 February 2024

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the successful candidates selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at the ICANN80 Policy Forum. A total of 40 applicants from 33 countries will take part in the 10–13 June 2024 meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

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 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 in the participation in the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

As ICANN80 is a Policy Forum, all selected candidates are returning alumni of the ICANN Fellowship Program. The ICANN organization (org) received 206 applications for the ICANN80 Fellowship Program. If ICANN80 is held virtually, the Fellowship Program will also be held virtually.

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

Paul Muchene Fellow Award

Jesse Nathan Kalange, a returning alumnus from Uganda, has been selected as the recipient of the Paul Muchene Fellow Award among the ICANN80 Fellows. 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, click 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.