ICANN Global Indigenous Ambassador Program 2018 (Fully-funded to attend ICANN61 Conference in Puerto Rico)

ICANN Global Indigenous Ambassador Program 2018 (Fully-funded to attend ICANN61 Conference in Puerto Rico)

Deadline: November 17, 2017

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites applications for the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program. Two Indigenous Ambassadors will be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities to attend ICANN61.

The ICANN Meeting Fellowship program is one example of how ICANN is supporting the next generation of community members. To continue in its mission to build capacity within the ICANN multistakeholder model, this program seeks to create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents. 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.


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


Selected participants will receive travel, hotel, and per diem for the ICANN61 Conference in Puerto Rico, to be held 10-15 March 2018.

ICANN wants participants to learn as much as possible during ICANN61. As part of the program, Indigenous Ambassadors will:

  • Work with an indigenous mentor for the duration of the conference.
  • Attend the ICANN Newcomer meeting with a Public Responsibility Support team representative who will facilitate the session to ensure inclusion.
  • Participate in the Fellowship morning sessions for the duration of the conference to gain an understanding of and experience with ICANN and the multistakeholder community.
  • Participate in the newcomer Onboarding Program both prior to coming to ICANN61 and during ICANN61.
  • Submit a detailed report within 30 days after the conference – describing activities and assessing the Ambassador’s experience. These reports help ICANN evaluate future Fellowship efforts.


Applicants must be members of unserved or underserved tribal or native communities and meet the ICANN Fellowship Program criteria below:

  • Candidates from all regions and sectors are welcome to apply
  • Priority is given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, those who represent diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, and expertise, and/or have established financial need.
  • The Program is targeted at individuals who: show awareness of, but are either new to the ICANN environment; are familiar with ICANN but have yet to attend a face-to-face meeting; have started participating in ICANN through the Program or by successful applicants will have demonstrated: other means but need travel support and/or an additional Fellowship opportunity to broaden their knowledge and deepen their engagement.
  • Applicant should be able to identify with one of the following:
    • member of a Civil Society organization engaged in studies or activities related to internet issues that reflect national or regional strategies and/or current work in ICANN
    • member of Academic institution with ties to Internet governance through management of ccTLD or related technical or Internet governance curriculum
    • business focused with involvement in Internet issues, particularly ICANN related issues, from a private-sector perspective
    • is a Gov’t or ccTLD representative who did not receive travel funding from respective the ICANNcommunity and is from an underserved or underrepresented region or entity
    • has expertise in Technical issues and/or belongs to Technical Societies related to ICANN’s work
    • is an End User with specific interests in regional work and / or global Internet Governance

Successful applicants will have demonstrated:

  • Desire and ability to utilize the experiences gained from the Fellowship to become an active member of the next generation of ICANN‘s volunteer community
  • A role or interest in the Internet space, specifically as it relates to the work of ICANN
  • An interest in contributing to:
    • ICANN policy development processes
    • The ICANN Fellowship Alumni network
    • ICANN outreach in their sector, community and region
    • An ICANN supporting organization, advisory committee, stakeholder group or constituency

ICANN encourages anyone who is qualified to apply for this special opportunity!


For more information, visit, ICANN Global Indigenous Ambassador Program.