Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN72 Fellowship

6 July 2021

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization (org) announced that 34 people from 27 countries have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN72.

The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) 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 (DNS), 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 under-served and under-represented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

The ICANN org received 202 applications for the ICANN72 Fellowship Program. If ICANN72 meeting will be held virtually, all the key elements of the Fellowship Program and participation will also be held virtually.

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

Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition

The ICANN Fellowship Program Selection Committee also awarded the Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition to Isaac Maposa from Zimbabwe, who is one of the ICANN72 Fellowship Program participants.

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. This recognition acknowledges the outstanding contributions of fellows in furthering ICANN's capacity development efforts in their respective regions, is integrated into the existing Fellowship Program, and is separate from the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building. Learn more here.

To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, click here.


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.