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Our fellowship equips emerging change agents with skills, tools, and the global vision to become effective and ethical leaders, able to collaborate meaningfully and act responsibly across the street and across the world.

Applications to the Melton Fellowship are closed and will open again in 2020!

Are you a student at a Melton Foundation partner university, serious about social change, and motivated to make a difference in the world?

You may be part of the next batch of Melton Fellows to embark on a life-changing journey together with peers across the globe!

Why Become a Melton Fellow?

Joining the Melton Foundation gives you a new perspective on the world and global platform to make a difference in your community and beyond.

As a Melton Fellow, you will:

  • Experience different cultures first-hand and learn to work across boundaries of place and identity.
  • Expand your knowledge about relevant global topics related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Boost your skills through hands-on workshops, trainings and mentored projects.
  • Participate in international events, such as the New Fellows Orientation and Global Citizenship Conference.
  • Develop projects with Fellows and partners in your community and around the world to drive change initiatives – small or big – for wider impact.
  • Join a network of 500+ Fellows and partner organizations from across sectors and world regions.
  • Become part of an experiential learning lab that equips you with the know-how and confidence to take action on pressing issues around you.

The Melton Fellowship starts while you are in university. Through online learning, global teamwork, and collaborative projects you will exercise your global citizenship muscle.

Our 2.5 year Global Citizenship Program is designed as extra-curricular program that will fire up your can-do attitude and will-do motivation to become the critical thinker and global problem-solver you aspire to be. Supported by our global network of mentors and partner organizations, you’ll acquire skills in areas such as intercultural communications, teamwork, design thinking, project management, storytelling, ethical leadership and systems thinking. As you work together with others in pursuit of collaborative solutions to challenges of today’s interconnected world, Project Teams, Acts of Global Citizenship, and global workshops and conferences will be your fueling stations.
After graduating from the program, you will join our Senior Fellow network, where you will find the stimulus and support needed as you take your own initiatives forward and continue to drive change in your growing spheres of influence.

In short, when you join the Melton Foundation, you become equipped to be an active global citizen – for life.

Who Should Apply for the Fellowship?

We are looking for emerging problem solvers with the curiosity, potential, and motivation to become active global citizens!

Melton Fellows

  • broaden their horizons by learning with and from peers around the world.
  • work towards collaborative solutions in global citizenship projects.
  • contribute with energy, knowledge and resources to help solve pressing issues in their communities and beyond.
  • use their skills and passion to drive change together.
  • transform perceptions of how global problems are approached – and solved.
  • model global citizenship in their communities for others to follow their example.

Some of the characteristics we are looking for in candidates:

  • Civic engagement or leadership at community level,
  • Curiosity for different social contexts and cultures,
  • Demonstrable interest in global challenges and international issues,
  • Respect for diversity, whether across the street or across the globe,
  • Personal motivation, initiative, and ability to work in teams,
  • Sufficient English language skills to understand and participate in all aspects of the program, and a
  • Strong academic record.

Becoming a global citizen is a serious commitment – and fellows are expected to be active and engaged throughout the program. If selected into the fellowship, our commitment to you is to constantly support and challenge you on your path towards global citizenship – through learning, exposure, mentoring, travel and more. This, however, is only effective, if you are equally committed.

As a new Melton Fellow, you can expect the following during the 2.5 years of Global Citizenship Program:

  • Attend global events of the Melton Foundation (usually once a year, approximately 1 week long)
  • Engage in online learning activities (approx. 5 hrs / month)
  • Work in global project teams (depending on the project, average estimate: 10 hrs / month)
  • Participate in community projects (depending on your campus, average estimate: 10 hrs / month)

Those are core activities through which you will build your leadership capacity, grow your spheres of influence and – later, as Senior Fellow – make impact as a global problem solver in your expanding network.

Apply to the Fellowship!

Join the Melton Fellowship and become a true Global Citizen!

Find out more about the Melton Fellowship and check back for application updates soon!

Application and Selection Process

Application Form

The first and most important step is to submit your written Fellowship Application, along with at least one Letter of Recommendation.

Click here to download your Letter of Recommendation template.

Please note that enrollment requirements and application deadlines differ depending on the university you are applying from. Here’s what you need to know at one glance:


Partner University Enrollment Requirements to Apply Application Deadline
Ashesi University College
(Greater Accra, Ghana)
1st and 2nd year students closed
BMS College of Engineering
(Bangalore, India)
1st and 2nd year students closed
Dillard University
(New Orleans, USA)
recruitment paused in 2019
Friedrich Schiller Universität
(Jena, Germany)
1st and 2nd year students closed
Universidad de la Frontera
(Temuco, Chile)
2nd and 3rd year students closed
Zhejiang University
(Hangzhou, China)
1st year students closed

We will only consider applications received by the indicated deadline.

Assessment Center

Following the above indicated deadline(s), we will evaluate written applications and invite suited candidates to participate in an Assessment Center. The Assessment Center will take place at your respective university approximately 2-4 weeks following the application deadline.
Selected candidates will be informed about dates and other specifics ahead of time.


Following the Assessment Center(s), we will invited the strongest candidates from each campus for an interview with a global selection team. The interviews will take place at your respective university approximately 2-4 weeks following the Assessment Center.
Finalists will be informed about the interview dates ahead of time.

Final Selection

Following the Assessment Center, the global selection team will select the best suited finalists from across the globe to join the Melton Foundation.
We will award no more than 20 Fellowships this year. Finalists will be informed in June 2019 whether their application has been successful.

Initiation of the Global Citizenship Program

Activities for selected Melton Fellows will start in July 2019, first in online settings and later in person at the New Fellow Orientation (dates and place to be confirmed).

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