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NextGen Ambassador Program

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In an effort to maintain Program consistency and build upon the relationship between members of the NextGen@ICANN program and ICANN community and staff, the role of NextGen Ambassador has been established. Individuals who have successfully completed a previous NextGen@ICANN program are encouraged to apply for the role of Ambassador. A NextGen Ambassador is required to mentor new members in order to expedite their understanding of the ICANN community and related ICANN topics.


  • Have successfully completed a previous NextGen@ICANN
  • Ambassadors are required to attend all NextGen sessions during the ICANN meeting and provide support at the ICANN information booth with ICANN Fellowship Alumni.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on their written explanation of how they have remained active in Internet Governance and/or regional or global ICANN work since their initial NextGen experience. Applicants will also explain how they plan on engaging the new NextGen members before, during, and after the ICANN meeting. An outline or plan for their own participation in the meeting may also be considered.

Apply to become a NextGen Ambassador

The NextGen Ambassador application for ICANN65 is now closed. Closing date 11January 2019 at 23:59 UTC

By applying, applicants are stating they are willing and able to spend the period of the ICANN meeting with the NextGen@ICANN group and will attend all required events. Each individual is provided a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel, and a stipend. NextGen Ambassadors are required to secure their own visas for travel at their own expense. If desired, Ambassadors can obtain any travel or health insurance at their own expense. 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
ICANN65 Policy Forum in Marrakech, Morocco Africa 24-27 June 2019 10 December 2018 at 23:59 UTC 11 January 2019 at 23:59 UTC 08 February 2019
ICANN66 Annual General Meeting in Montréal, Canada North America 2-7 November 2019 01 April 2019 at 23:59 UTC 10 May 2019 at 23:59 UTC 12 July 2019
ICANN67 Community Forum in Cancún, Mexico Latin America 7 - 12 March 2020 09 September 2018 at 23:59 UTC 18 October 2019 at 23:59 UTC 06 December 2019
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