We recruit young social change leaders with great potential, who are looking for a chance to develop their skills, into a lifelong network.
Melton Fellows are passionate, curious and adventurous.
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 how our Fellows in India challenged the student community of Bangalore to explore novel ways to tackle global challenges
See how our Fellow Eva Junge is getting people to act on what they know about climate change
Find out how our Fellow Kwabena Ankrah advocates for sustainable development through global citizenship education
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:
The Global Citizenship Conference (GCC) is an annual event hosted by the Melton Foundation that provides tools and resources to promote global citizenship as a way to work together to solve today's challenges around the world.
We know that “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world”, as Howard Zinn said. Our Fellows are leading the way by doing small, achievable acts in their community - because changing the world can begin with small Acts of Global Citizenship.
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!