ICANN - NextGen@ICANN program

Deadline: October 24, 2022


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The ICANN organization is looking for the next generation of individuals who are interested in becoming actively engaged in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policy. Important work is happening every day at ICANN. If you are ready to start your journey, attending an ICANN Public Meeting as a NextGen@ICANN participant could be the place to start!


What Does ICANN Do?

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer -- a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination, we wouldn't have one global Internet.

In more technical terms, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) helps coordinate the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, which are key technical services critical to the continued operations of the Internet's underlying address book, the Domain Name System (DNS). The IANA functions include: (1) the coordination of the assignment of technical protocol parameters including the management of the address and routing parameter area (ARPA) top-level domain; (2) the administration of certain responsibilities associated with Internet DNS root zone management such as generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domains; (3) the allocation of Internet numbering resources; and (4) other services.

Application Process

The only way to apply for the NextGen@ICANN Program is through the online NextGen Applicant Portal. All information requested in the application must be written in English and submitted in the online form. Each candidate can only be selected and participate in one NextGen@ICANN Program. If you applied for a program round but were not selected, you must re-apply for the next ICANN meeting for which you are eligible.

Please take careful note of the application closing dates listed at https://www.icann.org/development-and-public-responsibility/nextgen. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered once the application period is closed.

The NextGen@ICANN Program supports approximately 12-15 participants at each ICANN Public Meeting. An independent selection committee reviews all eligible applications. Each Supporting Organization/Advisory Committee (SO/AC) shall nominate one representative to serve on the ICANNNextGen@ICANN Selection Committee, for a total of up to seven members. Selection Committee members rank each application according to the NextGen@ICANN selection criteria.

Application Dates & Deadlines

NOTE: The closing & announcement dates for ICANN74 have been updated.  

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Description of Ideal Candidate


Particpants in the NextGen@ICANN program must be:

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student.
  • Between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of the ICANN meeting. If you do not meet the NextGen eligibility criteria, please explore the ICANN Fellowship program.
  • Currently living and studying in the region of the respective ICANN meeting. ICANN's meetings rotate through five geographic regions: Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. See the calendar and regional rotation for future meetings.

    In the event that applications are being accepted from regions other than the one in which the ICANN meeting is taking place, ICANN will make this information publicly available online in advance of the application process for that specific meeting.

  • Interested in Internet Governance, the future of the Internet, and other topics covered at ICANNmeetings.
  • If selected, participant must be able to attend the ICANN meeting and required events. NexGen participants are expected to actively participate at the meeting.
  • If selected, participant must be willing to present a 5 -10 minute project at the meeting. The presentation can cover topics including: research you are working on or completed, an activity related to ICANN's work, an ICANN related website you are affiliated with, a thesis project, etc.

NextGen participants come from a variety of backgrounds. Check out previous participants and program statistics for more information.

NextGen@ICANN Selection Criteria

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant exhibits interest in ICANN and the Internet ecosystem through examples of current work, activities, public dialogue through their studies, and/or research on the web.
  • Applicant expresses how participation in the NextGen@ICANN program would be valuable to them as an individual, and as part of a greater community (e.g., university, country, region).
  • Applicant's quality in expressing their view on an Internet topic within their application.
  • Applicant demonstrates a desire to become a part of the ICANN community.
  • Applicant demonstrates long-standing interest in topics related to ICANN's work.
  • Applicant expresses a desire to engage and improve their understanding of ICANN's work in their region.


Deadline: October 24, 2022

Cost/funding for participants

By applying, applicants are agreeing to attend the ICANN meeting with the NextGen@ICANN group as well as all required events. Each individual is provided a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel and a stipend. NextGen participants are required to secure their own visas for travel at their own expense. If an applicant wants to obtain travel or health insurance this will be at their own expense. NextGen applicants must provide personal information; however, it is voluntary to apply.

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