ICANN Fellowship Programme for Developing Countries

The ICANN Fellowship is your ticket to join and participate in the ICANN global community. This program hooks you up with a mentor, trains you in all things ICANN, and gets you right in the mix at an ICANN Public Meeting. Plus, they’ve got your travel expenses covered! It achieves this by creating pathways for individuals from underrepresented communities to engage actively within the ICANN community.


Participants in the program undergo exposure to the inner workings of the ICANN community. They are paired with mentors and offered comprehensive training covering various areas of knowledge and skill development. This training occurs before, during, and after an ICANN Public Meeting. Additionally, support for travel expenses to attend these meetings is provided.

The Fellowship program attracts individuals from diverse backgrounds. For further insights into program participants and statistical data, please refer to information available on program participants and statistics.

Minimum Age:None.
Required GPA:None.
Eligibility Country:Worldwide.
Gender:All genders.
Scholarship Deadline:December 16, 2023.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an American multistakeholder group and nonprofit organization responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces and numerical spaces of the Internet, ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation.ICANN performs the actual technical maintenance work of the Central Internet Address pools and DNS root zone registries pursuant to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) function contract.


The ICANN Fellowship Program welcomes applicants from all corners of the globe and professional fields. To participate, individuals need to:

  • Clock in at least 21 years old.
  • Show interest in or already be involved in ICANN’s work on policy development, managing the Domain Name System, and ensuring the security and reliability of the internet worldwide.
  • Complete mandatory ICANN Learn courses (more details available on their website).
  • Not be linked to or engaged with other travel programs supported by ICANN during the selection process.
  • For Policy Forum applicants, successfully completing a prior ICANN Fellowship is a must.
  • If you’ve had the opportunity for two fellowships before, applying for a second or third requires demonstrating your active involvement in one of the ICANN communities .

Fellowship recipients are expected to:

  • Engage in Fellowship Program Mentoring processes
  • Complete additional required ICANN Learn courses
  • Attend the ICANN Public Meeting and required activities, including but not limited to ICANN Fellowship sessions during the ICANN Meeting
  • Network and interact with program alumni and community members
  • Complete the post-meeting survey
ICANN MeetingICANN RegionMeeting DatesOpening of application roundClosing of application roundAnnouncement of selected Fellows
ICANN79 Community Forum in San Juan, Puerto RicoNorth America2-7 March 202418 July 2023 at 23:59 UTC18 August 2023 at 23:59 UTC15 November 2023 at 23:59 UTC
ICANN80 Policy Forum in Kigali, Rwanda *Africa10-13 June 202416 November 2023 at 23:59 UTC16 December 2023 at 23:59 UTC12 February 2024 at 23:59 UTC
ICANN81 Annual General Meeting, TBDTBD9-14 November 2024TBDTBDTBD

* Only those who have successfully completed an ICANN Fellowship Program (Fellowship Program Alumni) are eligible to apply for a Policy Forum fellowship.

Apply to the Fellowship Program Submit an application during open roundsTerms & Conditions More information on the program’s Terms & Conditions
Upcoming Application Dates & Deadlines Planned launch dates for future application roundFAQs Check out frequently asked questions and answers about the Fellowship Program and Fellowship Application Instructions
Fellowship Selection Criteria See Fellowship selection criteriaICANN Fellowship Program Mentoring More information about the mentoring process
Fellowship Selection Committee More information about the Fellowship Selection Committee.New Fellowship Program Approach More information about the community consultation and public comment process to review the Fellowship Program
List of Fellowship Participants See list of Fellowship Program participants for each ICANN MeetingFellowship Program 10 Year Survey Report [PDF, 981 KB] Check out the results of the 10 Year Fellowship Survey with program alumni (28 June 2017)
Program Statistics Check out statistics on Fellowship participants ICANN Fellowship Program Promotional FlyerTarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition More information about the Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition. Paul Muchene Fellow Award More information about the Paul Muchene Fellow Award
Post-Meeting Reports Read reports written by the fellows about their experiences and future plans.2021 Fellowship Alumni Survey Report Check out the results of the 2021 Fellowship Alumni Survey (17 February 2022) Archive

Interested and qualified? Go to Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on webportalapp.com to apply


The Fellowship application round for ICANN80 Policy Forum* is now open. The application round will be opened till December 16, 2023 at 23:59 UTC time.

* Only those who have successfully completed an ICANN Fellowship Program (Fellowship Program Alumni) are eligible to apply for a Policy Forum fellowship

If ICANN meeting is held virtually, the Fellowship Program will also be held virtually.

For more details, visit ICANN website.


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