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Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN58 Fellowship

ICANN announces 56 individuals from 41 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 58th Public Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark 11-16 March 2017. 35 of the selected candidates will be attending their first ICANN meeting. Seven have attended an ICANN Meeting in the past but now will be part of the Fellowship program and fourteen are Fellowship Alumni with various levels of ICANN experience. Nine of the Alumni will take on the additional role of coaching Newcomers. These successful candidates represent all sectors of society including; civil, government, ccTLD operations, academia, facets of the business community, technical, security and end user groups.

The Fellowship 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, expertise and/or have established financial need. An independent selection committee assessed the 424 Fellowship applications received for this meeting.

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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