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Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN | Fellows Announced for ICANN55 in Marrakech

45 fellows from 35 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 55th Public Meeting in Marrakech, 5-10 March 2016.  Of those forty-five, 27 are returning fellows from at least one previous meeting and various experience levels, while an additional 7 alumni of the Program will be coaches to the 22 attending as first time fellows. The selected fellows represent all sectors of society including civil, government, academia, facets of the business community, technical, security and end user groups. The country code name supporting organization is also represented.

An independent selection committee assessed the 380 fellowship applications received for this meeting; 92 of those met minimum requirements for possible selection. Priority is given to applicants who not only meet minimum program requirements, but who are current residents of developing and least developed nations and who are interested in participating in ICANN and its supporting organizations, advisory committees, stakeholder and constituency groups.

Click here to see the list of selected candidates and learn more about the fellowship program: http://www.icann.org/en/about/participate/fellowships


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