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ICANN Meeting Fellowships

The Fellowship program is one example of how ICANN is supporting the next generation of community members, and is part of the work of ICANN's Development and Public Responsibility Department. This program seeks to create a broader and more regionally diverse base of knowledgeable constituents by reaching out to less developed regions of the world in order to build capacity within the ICANN Multistakeholder Model. Participation in the program at an ICANN Meeting is a "fast track" experience of engagement into that community model, with presentations designed to facilitate understanding of the many pieces and parts of ICANN while providing opportunities to network and promoting interaction with staff and community leaders.

This is a means-tested program. Applicants must either be citizens of eligible countries listed in the World Bank classification as low, lower-middle, and upper-middle economies, or listed in one of the three (3) UN groupings of developing and least developed nations: the AIMS, Pacific and Caribbean which are all Members of SIDN and eligible for consideration in the Program. The UN Listing of SIDN is based on distinctly different criteria that stretch beyond the World Bank's economically deterministic view.

If selected into the program through the online application and review process, each individual is provided a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel and a stipend. Recipients are expected to engage prior to, during and after the ICANN meeting with the ICANN Fellowship office and alumni coaches, as well as actively contribute to ICANN processes and be a part of the next generation of ICANN volunteers and leaders when the program has ended.

Who may apply for and be awarded a fellowship?

The programme is targeted at individuals who are either new to the ICANN environment, are familiar with ICANN but have yet to attend a face-to-face meeting, or have started participating in ICANN through the program or by other means but are in need of travel funding in order to broaden their knowledge and deepen their engagement. Candidate backgrounds are diverse: government, the ccTLD community, civil society, academic, technical, commercial and non-commercial sectors. These individuals must NOT be involved in or associated with other ICANN supported travel programmes at time of selection.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated:

  • Desire and ability to utilize the experiences gained from the fellowship to become a part of the next generation of ICANN leadership
  • A role or interest in the Internet space
  • An interest in contributing to:
    • ICANN policy development processes
    • The ICANN fellowship alumni network
    • ICANN outreach in their community and region
    • An ICANN supporting organization, advisory committee, stakeholder group or constituency

How are the fellowships awarded?

Fellowships are awarded by an independent selection committee based on a mix of criteria including applicant experience and references, geographic proximity to meeting, receipt of past fellowships, etc. For more information please see the Terms and Conditions.

ICANN may not be able to provide fellowships for all qualified applicants. In the case of a dispute or similar applications final decisions will be made in coordination with the Fellowship Selection Committee.

Current Program Status

47 individuals successfully completed the ICANN54 Fellowship Program, representing 36 countries as well as various sectors of interest including Civil Society, Government, Private Sector, Academia, ccTLD Operations, Technical and Security concerns and all End Users. The full list and photos can be found at ICANN54 Dublin Fellowship Participants.

Application Rounds

ICANN55 (Meeting A) in Marrakech, Morocco to be held 6-11 March 2016

  • Application Round opened: 4 September 2015 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round closed: 16 October 2015 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected Fellows announced: 11 December 2015

ICANN56 (Meeting B) in Panama City, Panama to be held 27-30 June 2016*

  • Application Round opens: 18 December 2015 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round closes: 31 January 2016 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected Fellows announced: 25 March 2016

*More information on qualifications to apply for Meeting B coming soon

ICANN57 (Meeting C) in San Juan, Puerto Rico to be held 29 October - 4 November 2016

  • Application Round opens: 22 April 2016 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round closes: 3 June 2016 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected Fellows announced: 29 July 2016

ICANN58 (Meeting A) in TBD location / Europe to be held 11-16 March 2017

  • Application Round opens: 28 August 2016 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round closes: 9 October 2016 at 23:59 UTC
  • Selected Fellows announced: 11 December 2016

Online Application

Previous Fellowship Participants

Click here for additional information on the Application Process or the Fellowship Program



What is ICANN?

ICANN's mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world.

Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and Interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. Bu through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit or join the next Quarterly Stakeholder Call for an update on ICANN's progress in meeting its strategic objectives.

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."