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About

The ICANN organization is looking for the next generation of individuals who are interested in becoming actively engaged in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policy. Important work is happening every day at ICANN. If you are ready to start your journey, attending an ICANN Public Meeting as a NextGen@ICANN participant could be the place to start!

Through the NextGen program, ICANN provides coaching and travel assistance to students from the regions where the ICANN meeting is taking place.

Eligibility

Prospective members of the NextGen@ICANN program must be:

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student.
  • Between the ages of 18 and 30. If you are over the age of 30, learn about the ICANN Fellowship program.
  • Currently living and studying in the region of the respective ICANN meeting. ICANN's meetings rotate through five geographic regions: Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Find out your ICANN region here. See the calendar and regional rotation for future meetings.

    In the event that applications are being accepted from regions other than the one in which the ICANN meeting is taking place, ICANN will make this information publicly available online in advance of the application process for that specific meeting.

  • Interested in Internet Governance, the future of the Internet, and other topics covered at ICANN meetings.
  • If selected, participant must be able to attend the ICANN meeting and required events. NexGen participants are expected to actively participate at the meeting.
  • If selected, participant must be willing to present a 5 -10 minute project at the meeting. The presentation can cover topics including: research you are working on or completed, an activity related to ICANN's work, an ICANN related website you are affiliated with, a thesis project, etc.
  • If you have already participated in the NextGen program, you can apply to return as a NextGen Ambassador.

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

Apply

The NextGen@ICANN application for ICANN61 in Puerto Rico is now open. Closing date: 20 October 2017, 11:59pm UTC.

 

By applying, applicants are agreeing to attend the ICANN meeting with the NextGen@ICANN group as well as all required events. Each individual is provided a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel and a stipend. NextGen participants are required to secure their own visas for travel at their own expense. If an applicant wants to obtain travel or health insurance this will be at their own expense. NextGen applicants must provide personal information; however, it is voluntary to apply. For more information, see Program Terms and Conditions.

Application Dates & Deadlines

ICANN Meeting ICANN Region Meeting Dates Opening of application round Closing of application round Announcement of selected NextGen
ICANN60 Annual General Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Asia Pacific 28 October – 3 November 2017 Closed Closed 31 July 2017
ICANN61 Community Forum in Puerto Rico North America 10 March - 15 March 2018 11 September 2017 at 23:59 UTC 10 November 2017 at 23:59 UTC 04 December 2017
ICANN62 Policy Meeting in Panama Latin America 25-28 June 2018 15 January 2018 at 23:59 UTC 23 February 2018 at 23:59 UTC 06 April 2018
ICANN63 Annual General Meeting in Barcelona Europe 20 October - 26 October 2018 14 May 2018 at 23:59 UTC 22 June 2018 at 23:59 UTC 30 July 2018

NextGen@ICANN Selection Criteria

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant exhibits interest in ICANN and the Internet ecosystem through examples of current work, activities, public dialogue through their studies, and/or research on the web.
  • Applicant expresses how participation in the NextGen@ICANN program would be valuable to them as an individual, and as part of a greater community (e.g., university, country, region).
  • Applicant's quality in expressing their view on an Internet topic within their application.
  • Applicant demonstrates a desire to become a part of the ICANN community.
  • Applicant demonstrates long-standing interest in topics related to ICANN's work.
  • Applicant expresses a desire to engage and improve their understanding of ICANN's work in their region.

Important Links

Apply to NextGen@ICANN
Submit an application during open rounds
NextGen Ambassador Program
NextGen graduates encouraged to apply
Upcoming Application Dates
Planned launch dates for future application round
Fellowship Program
Learn more about criteria for the Fellowship Program
Program Terms and Conditions
More information on the NextGen@ICANN Program
Program Statistics
Check out statistics on NextGen participants and Ambassadors
Previous NextGen Participants
See the participants from past NextGen Programs
Contact Us
Need help or have more questions? Email us at NextGen@icann.org.

For more information, please contact NextGen@icann.org

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