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ICANN Meeting Fellowships

The ICANN Meeting Fellowship program is one example of how ICANN is supporting the next generation of community members, as part of the work of ICANN's Development and Public Responsibility Department. To continue in its mission to build capacity within the ICANN Multistakeholder Model, this program seeks to create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents with priority given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, those who represent diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, and expertise, and/or have established financial need. Participation in the Program at an ICANN Meeting is a "fast track" experience of engagement into that community model, with presentations designed to facilitate understanding of the many pieces and parts of ICANN while providing opportunities to network and promoting interaction with ICANN Community and Staff.

Each candidate selected into the Program through the online application and assessment process is provided a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel and a stipend. Fellowship recipients are expected to engage prior to, during and after the ICANN meeting with the ICANN Fellowship office, Program Alumni, Newcomer Coaches and their selected peers, as well as begin to actively contribute to ICANN processes upon completion of the Program.

For more information please see the Program's Process and Terms

Who may apply for and be awarded a fellowship?

Candidates from all regions and sectors are welcome to apply to the ICANN Fellowship Program. The Program is targeted at individuals who: show awareness of, but are either new to the ICANN environment; are familiar with ICANN but have yet to attend a face-to-face meeting; have started participating in ICANN through the Program or by other means but need travel support and/or an additional Fellowship opportunity to broaden their knowledge and deepen their engagement. Candidate backgrounds are diverse: government, the ccTLD community, civil society, academic, legal, technical, and security, commercial and non-commercial sectors. These individuals must NOT be involved in or associated with other ICANN supported travel programs at time of selection.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated:

  • Desire and ability to utilize the experiences gained from the Fellowship to become an active member of the next generation of ICANN's volunteer community
  • A role or interest in the Internet space, specifically as it relates to the work of ICANN
  • An interest in contributing to:
    • ICANN policy development processes
    • The ICANN Fellowship Alumni network
    • ICANN outreach in their sector, community and region
    • An ICANN supporting organization, advisory committee, stakeholder group or constituency
  • A returning Fellow (Alumni) who can provide documented support from community leaders and/or ICANN Regional staff as to their continued engagement and work related to their Fellowship and ICANN experiences, as well as articulate specific goals for a particular Meeting which may include Newcomer Coach
Click here for information about Applicant Criteria

How are the fellowships awarded?

Fellowships are assessed by an independent selection committee based on the ability of the individual applicant to meet the Applicant criteria, and ranked through a scoring process that prioritizes those applicants who not only meet the criteria but also show: diversity in gender, sector, experience, expertise; that they are a member of an underrepresented or underserved community; with consideration given to financial need. Applicant experience and references also may affect final selection.

ICANN Fellowship Selection Committee

Fellowship Application Assessment Process

Current Program Status

The following individuals have been selected to participate in ICANN58 to be held 11-16 March 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark:

  • Abdedlkerim Ousman Toudjani – Chad – Civil Society
  • Adeel Sadiq - Pakistan – Technical
  • Adetola Sogbesan – Nigeria - Business
  • Afifa Abbas – Bangladesh - Security
  • Aida Mahmutovic - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Civil Society
  • Alagie N Ceesay - Gambia - Technical
  • Alamin Hussein – Sudan - Business
  • Alastair Strachan – Netherlands - Technical
  • Alexander Isavnin - Russian Federation - Civil Society
  • Alexis Anteliz - Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic Of - Academic
  • Alkhansa Mohamed – Sudan - Technical
  • Alperen Eken - Turkey - Civil Society
  • Amal Al-Saqqaf - Yemen - Academic
  • Aneerav Sukhoo – Mauritius - Government
  • Anju Mangal - Fiji - Government
  • Antonella Maia Perini – Argentina - Civil Society
  • Arinola Akinyemi – Nigeria - Business
  • Armen Muradyan – Armenia - Business
  • Ashell Forde - Barbados - Government
  • Bakiau Takentebwebwe – Kiribati - Government
  • Bertnell Auclene Malisa Richards – Guyana - Academic
  • Bikram Shrestha – Nepal - Civil Society
  • Bonface Witaba – Kenya - Civil Society
  • Bruna Santos – Brazil – Civil Society
  • Claudio Lucena – Portugal – Academic
  • Claire Craig - Trinidad And Tobago – Academic
  • David Cristian Morar – United States – Academic
  • Edgardo Clemente – Argentina - Government
  • Elizabeth Orembo – Kenya – Civil Society
  • Evelyn Namara - Uganda - Civil Society
  • Fotjon Kosta – Albania - Government
  • Grace Lindo – Jamaica - Intellectual Property
  • Hadia Elminiawi - Egypt, Arab Republic of - Government
  • Israel Tadeo Rosas Rosas – Mexico - Government
  • Jad El Cham - Lebanon - Technical
  • Jelena Ozegovic – Serbia - ccTLD Operations
  • Joanna Kulesza - Poland - Academic
  • Kateryna Oliinyk - Ukraine - Legal Services
  • Lianna Galstyan – Armenia - Civil Society
  • Manahil Ahmed Khan - Pakistan - Technical
  • Mariel Aranda - Paraguay - Civil Society
  • Mark William Datysgeld - Brazil – Academic
  • Mauricio Oviedo Calderon - Costa Rica - Technical
  • Maysaa Handila – West Bank and Gaza - Academic
  • Michael Joseph Oghia – Serbia - Civil Society
  • Mohammad Abdul Awal Haolader - Bangladesh - Technical
  • Muhammad Shabbir – Pakistan - Academic
  • Nenad Marinkovic - Serbia - Civil Society
  • Saurabh Dubey - India - Technical
  • Shiva Upadhyay - India - ccTLD Operations
  • Shuyi Guo - China - Technical
  • Simon Sohel Baroi – Bangladesh - Technical
  • Ucha Seturi - Georgia – Civil Society
  • Vahan Hovsepyan – Armenia – Civil Society
  • Violet Ningakun – Papua New Guinea – Academic
  • Vladimer Svanadze – Georgia – Academic
  • Zakir Syed – Pakistan – Civil Society

ICANN59 (Meeting B / Policy Forum) in Johannesburg, South Africa to be held 26 - 29 June 2017

  • Application Round open: 23 December 2016 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round close: 27 January 2017 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected Fellows announcement: 24 March 2017

*Mtg B Application Round will be a program for Alumni of the ICANN Fellowship Program only, therefore only those who have successfully completed an ICANN Fellowship are eligible to apply for this particular round.

ICANN60 (Meeting C) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to be held 28 October - 3 November 2017

  • Application Round open: 21 April 2017 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round close: 2 June 2017 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected Fellows announcement: 28 July 2017

ICANN61 (Meeting A) in San Juan, Puerto Rico in North America to be held 10 - 15 March 2018

  • Application Round open: 1 September 2017 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round close: 13 October 2017 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected Fellows announcement: 8 December 2017

Previous Fellowship Participants

Online Application


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