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Applications to the Melton Fellowship are currently closed. Please check back for our next recruitment cycle in late 2020.

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?

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

This year, we’re inviting student leaders from our partner regions – Bangalore, New Orleans, Jena, Temuco, and Hangzhou, to apply to the Melton Fellowship. You could be a student at a Melton Foundation partner university, or be a student in the local community with easy access to our partner universities – You are welcome to apply with us in late 2020!

Proximity and affinity to at least one of our local partner universities is mandatory to ensure active participation and engagement throughout the Fellowship. Please read the instructions and conditions given in the application form carefully prior to your submission.

Why Become a Melton Fellow?

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:

  • 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, training, and mentoring 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 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.

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 1.5 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 local community engagement, 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 an impact as a global problem solver in your expanding network.

Application and Selection Process

Application Form

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.

Please note that the deadline for submitting your completed application is 15th January 2020. 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 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. After careful evaluation, the final selected Melton Fellows will be notified around late March 2020 and begin their Fellowship on May 1, 2020.

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 18 Fellowships this year.

Initiation of the Global Citizenship Program

Activities for selected Melton Fellows will start in May 2020, first in online settings and later in person at the New Fellow Orientation (dates and place to be confirmed).

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