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Community Consultation Process to Review Current Fellowship Program

ICANN Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is designed to meet the needs and priorities of the ICANN community by creating a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents. Planning for the next decade necessitates a broad community consultation involving a review of existing practices and defining the vision for the future. This will ensure that the program continues to evolve to meet current and anticipated community needs. It will also ensure that the program's mission is focused to meet these needs efficiently and cost consciously.

Individuals are encouraged to work with their relevant Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (AC), relevant stakeholder groups, and communities to respond to a brief survey [PDF, 299 KB], which will inform Fellowship Program revisions. The Public Responsibility Support (PRS) department will capture this input and update the draft program processes accordingly, sharing the resulting revisions with all community groups for initial feedback. The draft Fellowship program will then be posted for public comment in June – August 2018, allowing for the standard 40-day (minimum) process.

Once all feedback is received from the community groups and the public comment proceeding, PRS will prepare the final draft of the new Fellowship Program in coordination with the relevant ICANN organization departments and recommend a target implementation date. PRS will brief all community groups on the updated Fellowship Program at ICANN64.

PRS will then work with the relevant ICANN organization departments to prepare for implementation of the updated Fellowship Program. Note that the Fellowship Program schedule is planned six months in advance, so implementation of the revised program will take effect at least two meetings after the final program processes are published.


Please send questionnaire responses and any questions to by 6 April 2018.

This questionnaire only refers to the Fellowship Program, the goal of which is to provide access to ICANN meetings to individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities.

Please do not provide feedback on other newcomer programs, such as NextGen@ICANN, the goal of which is to allow access to ICANN meetings to the next generation of individuals who are interested in becoming actively engaged in their regional communities and are between the ages of 18 and 30.

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