The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is inviting domain name stakeholders from the developing world to bid for subsidised places at its 43rd public meeting.

ICANN is now accepting online applications for the 15th round of its Fellowship program, with respect to the meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, between March 11th and 16th 2012.

The program exists to provide financial support to underprivileged applicants who are interested in participating in ICANN and its supporting organizations, constituencies and stakeholder groups.

Priority is given to individuals new to the ICANN environment from government and the country code top level domain community, as well as those from academic, civil, business and not-for-profit bodies.

This is designed to ensure all parties with an interest in global domain name issues are able to have their voices heard – irrespective of where they originate from.

The Fellowship program arranges the airfare, hotel and a stipend for individuals selected to participate in the ICANN meeting.

In return, recipients are expected to actively participate in and contribute to ICANN domain name processes, both at the meeting and in the future.

Applications for the meeting in Costa Rica will be accepted up until November 14th 2011, with the successful candidates announced by December 22nd.

ICANN launches Fellowship program for Costa Rica meeting
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