We recruit young social change leaders with great potential, who are looking for a chance to develop their skills, into a lifelong network.
What sets them apart is their flexibility in problem solving, their consistent openness to new ideas, and their ability and commitment to seeking consensus about which path to take when confronted with challenges.
At the start of the fellowship, our fellows are diamonds in the rough; our job is to help shape them over time.
Our educational program is action-driven, promotes experiential learning by supporting the fellows’ own initiatives and projects, and is designed for lifelong engagement.
It enables them to become global problem solvers and role models for a generation of global citizens – empowered individuals working across borders of place and identity to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Following successful completion of the training program, the fellows are able to create or join projects within our network. Together, they have developed dozens of initiatives that tackle specific challenges in our core areas of sustainability, equity and diversity.
Here are some examples of what our fellows are doing around the world:
Discover our work with the Mañiuco School in an indigenous community in rural Chile!
See how our fellow Eva Junge is getting people to act on what they know about climate change
Find out how our fellow Vladimir Fomene is empowering girls in Ghana to follow tech and science careers.
The Melton Fellowship supports emerging changemakers and problem solvers throughout their academic and professional careers and beyond. We contribute to Fellows’ development through a variety of programs, including:
One of our signature programs, the Deep Dive allows fellows to “dive in” to specific local contexts to help tackle a local community’s problem through their expertise and knowledge.
The Melton Foundation Idea Incubator helps cultivate Fellows’ creative ideas for tackling global challenges, so that these ideas can become reality and the projects can be scaled for success.
We offer a lifelong network for support, mentoring, resources, learning, and collaboration – so our fellows can develop academically, personally and professionally.
Unlike many other U.S.-based fellowship programs, we have a non-U.S. centric vision and approach: the majority of our fellows are located in the global South; they are not spokes on a wheel held together by a predominantly Western hub. Instead, we offer a truly global community.
Most importantly, our network capitalizes on the power of friendships as a catalyst for social change. Throughout the fellowship, Melton Fellows develop strong bonds and truly enjoy working together. We give them just the right push so their idealism and enthusiasm can lead to real, lasting impact.
- Amrita Nanda, Melton Fellow
Whether as a fellow, a network partner or supporter – find out how you can get involved!