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ICANN Fellowship Program Mentoring

ICANN Fellowship Program

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The ICANN Fellowship Program Mentoring process helps fellows to prepare for the ICANN Fellowship Program experience and strengthens the relationship between fellows and the ICANN community.

ICANN provides travel funding (including hotel accommodation and a stipend) for up to seven SO/AC-appointed mentors to attend an ICANN Public Meeting as a Fellowship Program mentor.

Mentors support up to eight fellows per meeting. Mentors will assist newcomers and returning fellows to become actively involved in the ICANN community and its policy development processes, working groups, and regional work.

Mentors are expected to devote considerable time to pre-meeting preparation with their mentees, to offer advice and networking support and regular check-ins on-site, and to complete evaluations following the meeting. Based on previous estimates, mentors spend about 40 hours during the six-week period in advance of the meeting and about 10 hours on-site at the ICANN meeting. For more information about the role of a mentor, see ICANN Fellowship Program Mentoring Guidelines.

Current Mentors

As part of The New Fellowship Program Approach, mentors are nominated by their respective Supporting Organization/Advisory Committee. The following individuals will serve as mentors will serve as mentors for ICANN72, ICANN73, and ICANN74:

Community Group Mentor
ALAC Alfredo Calderon
ccNSO Jenifer Lopez
GAC Kristina Hakobyan
GNSO Farell Folly
RSSAC Afifa Abbas
ASO Not participating
SSAC Not participating

Past Mentors

The following individuals served as mentors for ICANN69, ICANN70, and ICANN71 (deferred from ICANN68):

Community Group Mentor
ALAC Alfredo Calderon
ccNSO Alejandra Reynoso Barral
GAC Mistura Aruna
GNSO Amr Elsadr
RSSAC Rao Naveed Bin Rais
ASO Not participating
SSAC Not participating

The following individuals served as mentors for ICANN65, ICANN66, and ICANN67:

Community Group Mentor
ALAC Amrita Choudhury (ICANN65), Sarah Kiden (ICANN66 and ICANN67)
ccNSO Alejandra Reynoso Barral
GAC Mistura Aruna
GNSO Andrew Mack
RSSAC Rao Naveed Bin Rais
ASO Not participating
SSAC Not participating


  1. Each Supporting Organization (SO) and Advisory Committee (ACs) is invited to nominate one individual each (for a total of 7) to serve in the capacity of mentor for the ICANN Fellowship Program.
  2. Mentors will serve for three (3) consecutive ICANN meetings.
  3. The role is open to all experienced community members; mentors are not required to have been involved previously with the Fellowship Program.
  4. Fellowship Selection Committee members are not eligible to serve as mentors.

A call for mentors will be released each October as an announcement on, and SOs/ACs will have approximately two months to select a mentor. Self-nominations will not be considered; those interested should notify their SO/AC through the relevant channels. If a mentor needs to step down, their SO/AC will be invited to nominate a new mentor.

Mentees will evaluate their mentors following each meeting; in the case of multiple negative evaluations, the Fellowship Program will consider appropriate follow-up actions and may request a replacement mentor from that SO/AC.

Important Links

Fellowship Program
More information about the ICANN Fellowship Program

Upcoming Application Dates
Planned launch dates for future application round

Terms & Conditions
More information on the Program's Terms & Conditions

List of Fellowship Participants
See list of Fellowship Program participants and coaches for each ICANN meeting

Check out FAQs about the Fellowship Program

For more information, please contact

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