The Melton Foundation’s fellowship for global and local community impact is proud to honor the contributions of continuing generations of youth community leaders addressing local and global issues.
Are you a budding change-maker passionate about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), intercultural experiences, and international collaboration to create tangible action? Are you motivated to make a difference in the world?
We are looking for emerging change agents who are committed to serving their communities and, through the Melton Fellowship, can build their capacity, grow their spheres of influence and eventually model and promote global citizenship through their actions and in their networks of increasing complexity. In other words,
Young people with the motivation to become a local multiplier of positive social impact and join a global network of other emerging and established impact leaders who believe in Global Citizenship as a vital bridge toward better social and environmental relationships.
Those are the people, who will benefit most from the Melton Fellowship and, in return, will become role models for a generation of global citizens and advocates for the Melton Foundation.
The application for the 2021 Fellowships is now open, until the deadline on January 15, 2021, at 2:00 pm EST. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis. All eligibility requirements apply to the status of the applicant as of September 1, 2020.
Here are some guidelines for our next recruitment cycle:
To be eligible for the cohort of 2021, you must be a university student who is 18-25 years old as of the application deadline, and who will foreseeably live within the city limits of any of our partner universities for the next 1.5 years:
Other eligibility requirements include:
Please note that applications from motivated students from historically underrepresented minorities (URM), and low-income backgrounds are highly encouraged. Also important to note is that to apply, you need to be enrolled at or living in close vicinity to our partner universities listed here.
The deadline for submitting your completed application is 15th January 2021. Please see our Application Process for specifics. We do not accept applications that are incomplete or submitted after the deadline.
Calling UNSDG Advocates and Local Impact Leaders - Join us and become part of a life long network of Global Citizens!
Joining the Melton Foundation gives you a new perspective on the world and a global platform to make a difference in your community and beyond.
As a Melton Fellow, you will:
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 1.5-year Global Citizenship Program is designed as an 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.
We are looking for emerging problem solvers with the curiosity, potential, and motivation to become active global citizens!
Melton Fellows …
Some of the characteristics we are looking for in candidates:
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 1.5 years of Global Citizenship Program:
Those are core activities through which you will build your leadership capacity, grow your spheres of influence and – later, as Senior Fellow – make an impact as a global problem solver in your expanding network.
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The first and most important step is to submit your written Fellowship Application. If you are invited to a final interview, please be aware that you will need to provide at least one recommendation letter in support of your application, from:
Click here to download your Letter of Recommendation template.
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 the university closest to you 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 invite the strongest candidates from each region to complete a timed video interview that will be reviewed by our Global Selection Team.
Following the Assessment Center, the global selection team will select the best-suited finalists from across the globe to join the Melton Foundation.