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Our Fellows

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 Program Model

Our Global Citizenship Program is designed to give fellows the tools and skills they need to work together across boundaries to address the big challenges the world is facing.

Our Global Citizenship 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.

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:

Our Network

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.

"I strongly believe in the power of building 'social capital' - building and using networks of support through reciprocity. And this is something that I feel comes naturally to me owing to my experience at the Melton Foundation."

- Amrita Nanda, Melton Fellow

Want to be a part of our network?

Whether as a fellow, a network partner or supporter – find out how you can get involved!