ICANN has launched the application rounds which are valid till 16th October 2015, for both the NextGen and Fellowship Programmes for participation in ICANN55, Marrakech, Morocco in March 2016, Footprint to Africa reports.
Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website by 11th December 2015. The announcement was contained in NiRA e-newsletter released during the week.
The Fellowship Program
Participants are sought from developing countries for the ICANN Fellowship program. This is in order to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents to engage in the Multi-stakeholder process and become the new voice of experience in their regions and beyond.
The Fellowship Program had built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in all of the ICANN communities as well as various Internet Governance entities within the Internet Ecosystem.
Their engagement ranges from writing articles and blogs, providing online or in-person public comment in regard to bottom up policy building, engaging in Internet conferences and panel discussions, lifting a pen in working groups, mentoring newcomers, assisting our regional leaders and becoming leaders themselves. To know about the selection process, go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/committee-2012-02-25-en
The NextGen Program
The NextGen ICANN program is education and awareness based experience, designed for a smaller, younger and more region-specific group of participants.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30, live in the region of the meeting, and be engaged in some level of higher education.
Each selected member will deliver a 5-10 minute presentation on a topic relevant to the community. Recent presentation topics include Internet governance, DNS, and the future of the Internet. Click on the link to apply https://www.icann.org/forms/nextgen/application.