Application submission for ICANN60 Fellowship is now open for people interested in learning about ICANN and engage in Internet policy matters.

ICANN Fellows Program

ICANN60 public meeting is scheduled for 28th October – 03rd November 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The last date to apply for ICANN60 Fellowship is 10th May 2017 while selected candidates will be declared on 21st July 2017 on the official website

I have been a successful participant in the fellowship program at ICANN57, Hyderabad and an alumni fellow for ICANN59, Johannesburg scheduled in June of 2017.

ICANN57, Hyderabad Learnings & Why Attend?

Reliving the memories of ICANN57, Hyderabad, I am going to point out why ICANN public meetings are a must attend for anyone interested in the secure and stable functioning of the Internet.

First and foremost, ICANN staff truly knows what they are doing when they draft and schedule public meeting days accordingly, and make it a worthwhile experience for participants. You have the option and opportunity to attend and participate in sessions relevant to your interest which are further helpful in your professional growth. I am actively involved in Domain Names industry from last 16+ years and was delighted to attend meetings of GNSO (Generic Name Supporting Organization) whose work is focused on policy building around Top Level Domains (TLDs). To top it all, I am already engaged with the GNSO by subscribing to their mailing list.

While I am also part of the NomCom 2 Working Party, I kept myself engaged with the various other ICANN supporting organisations to do my best. I could not participate in ICANN’s 58th public meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark from 11-16 March 2017 due to my health, however looking forward to my alumni fellowship experience at ICANN59, Johannesburg public meeting.

Introduction to ICANN

For those who are not aware of ICANN and what it does, here is a short excerpt from Wikipedia:

ICANN LogoThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces (domain names) of the Internet, ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation.

ICANN was founded on September 18, 1998 by Jon Postel; about 18 years ago and incorporated on September 30, 1998 in the U.S. state of California under Esther Dyson as founding chairwoman. ICANN operates and lives by the slogan, “One World. One Internet.” The current key positions are held by Göran Marby (CEO and President, ICANN) and Steve Crocker (Chairman of the ICANN Board). It is headquartered in the Playa Vista neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

ICANN Community Multistakeholder Model

ICANN’s primary principles of operation have been described as helping preserve the operational stability of the Internet; to promote competition; to achieve broad representation of the global Internet community; and to develop policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.

Introduction to ICANN Fellows Program

The ICANN Fellows program is how ICANN’s Development and Public Responsibility Department supports and encourages new people from the community to participate and engage in the work of the corporation.

This program intends to create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable participants in order to continue building upon its mission to build capacity within the ICANN Multistakeholder Model. High priority under this program is given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, those who represent a diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, and expertise, and/or have established financial need. 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 ICANN Community and Staff.

Each candidate selected into the program through the online application and assessment process is provided with a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel and a stipend. Fellowship recipients are expected to engage prior to, during and after the ICANN meeting with the ICANN Fellowship office, Program Alumni, Newcomer Coaches and their selected peers, as well as begin to actively contribute to ICANN processes upon completion of the Program.

Read in detail about ICANN Fellows Program here.

Questions? Feel free to ask in comments below and I will be more than happy to guide you through.


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