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Fellow or NextGen? Explore Your Options

Did you know that ICANN has two programs aimed at bringing people to ICANN Public Meetings? Are you interested in:

  • The future of the Internet and how it is governed?
  • How to develop regional and global Internet policy?
  • How to approach technical and security challenges?

If you are, then one of these programs might be right for you.

The ICANN Fellowship Program is open to professionals from all regions and sectors. We’re looking for people who are either new to ICANN or are already working in Internet governance and want to volunteer in the ICANN community.

The NextGen@ICANN Program is for university-level students. We want to engage the “next generation” in their regions so they can begin developing Internet policy within one to two years following program completion.

Which program should I apply for? Which one best matches my interests and goals? We hear these questions all the time. To help you decide, ICANN has created a short video to walk you through each program – what sets it apart and who should apply. Explore your options and opportunities! Click here to start your journey with ICANN.


Do you still have questions? Please reach out to us at or visit our website: We'll get you all the information you need to become part of the ICANN community.

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