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ICANN Fellowship Program

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ICANN Fellowship Program


The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

Fellows are exposed to the workings of the ICANN community, are assigned a mentor, and receive training across different areas of knowledge and skill building before, during, and after an ICANN Public Meeting. Travel assistance to attend the meeting is also provided.

Fellowship participants come from a variety of backgrounds. Check out program participants and statistics for more information.


Candidates from all regions and sectors are welcome to apply to the ICANN Fellowship Program.

Participants of the Fellowship Program must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be interested in, or already engaged in, the various components of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System and the security and stability of the global Internet
  • Complete mandatory ICANN Learn course(s); learn more here
  • NOT be involved in or associated with other ICANN supported travel programs at time of selection
  • Policy Forum applicants must have successfully completed an ICANN Fellowship
  • Have previously received no more than two fellowships; second and third time fellows must prove their involvement and engagement in one of the ICANN communities (learn more here)

Returning fellows will be considered for the Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition. The award recognizes outstanding contributions of fellows in furthering ICANN's capacity development efforts in their respective regions. Learn more here.

For more information, please see the program's Terms & Conditions and Selection Criteria.


Fellowship recipients are expected to:

  • Engage in Fellowship Program Mentoring processes
  • Complete additional required ICANN Learn courses
  • Attend the ICANN Public Meeting and required activities, including but not limited to ICANN Fellowship sessions during the ICANN Meeting
  • Network and interact with program alumni and community members
  • Complete the post-meeting survey

Participants are encouraged to actively contribute to ICANN policy development processes and Fellowship alumni network upon completion of the Fellowship Program.


Due to COVID-19 pandemic there are no calls for applications for ICANN70 and ICANN71 meetings. The new application round will be opened for ICANN72 on March 1st, 2021.

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

For more information please see program's Frequently Asked Questions, Terms & Conditions, Selection Criteria and Selection Committee.

Application Dates & Deadlines

ICANN Meeting

ICANN Region

Meeting Dates

Opening of application round

Closing of application round

Announcement of selected Fellows

ICANN70 Community Forum in Cancún, Mexico

Latin America

20-25 March 2021

No call for applications

No call for applications

ICANN67 selected Newcomers

ICANN71 Policy Forum in The Hague, Germany *


14-17 June 2021

No call for applications

No call for applications

ICANN67 and ICANN68 selected Alumni

ICANN72 Annual General Meeting in Seattle, USA

North America

23-28 October 2021

1 March 2021 at 23:59 UTC

30 March 2021 at 23:59 UTC

21 June 2021

* Only those who have successfully completed an ICANN Fellowship (Fellowship Alumni) are eligible to apply for a Policy Forum fellowship.

Current Program Status

ICANN67 and ICANN68 selectees are expected to actively participate at the ICANN69 virtual meeting – ICANN org will plan fellow-specific activities.

ICANN67 selectees who are newcomers (those who had never participated as fellows at any ICANN meeting in person) will be deferred to participate at ICANN70 to be held in Cancún, Mexico, in March 2021.

  • If ICANN70 also goes virtual, the program and participation will be held virtually*

ICANN67 and ICANN68 selectees who are alumni (returning fellows) will be deferred to participate at ICANN71 to be held in The Hague, Europe, in June 2021, given its nature as an alumni-only meeting

  • If ICANN71 also goes virtual, the program and participation will be held virtually*

*Virtual participation will incorporate all of the key elements of the Fellowship Program.

The new application call will be launched for ICANN72 Annual General Meeting. If the ICANN meeting is held virtually, the Fellowship Program will also be held virtually.

The Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report for ICANN66 is available here.

Important Links

Apply to the Fellowship Program

Submit an application during open rounds

Terms & Conditions

More information on the program's Terms & Conditions

Upcoming Application Dates & Deadlines

Planned launch dates for future application round


Check out frequently asked questions and answers about the Fellowship Program

Fellowship Selection Criteria

See Fellowship selection criteria

ICANN Fellowship Program Mentoring

More information about the mentoring process

Fellowship Selection Committee

More information about the Fellowship Selection Committee.

New Fellowship Program Approach

More information about the community consultation and public comment process to review the Fellowship Program

List of Fellowship Participants

See list of Fellowship Program participants for each ICANN Meeting

Fellowship Program 10 Year Survey Report [PDF, 981 KB]

Check out the results of the 10 Year Fellowship Survey with program alumni (28 June 2017)

Program Statistics

Check out statistics on Fellowship participants

Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition

More information about the Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition.

Post-Meeting Reports

Read reports written by the fellows about their experiences and future plans.


For more information, please contact

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