Since the Melton Foundation's initiation in 1991, our community has grown to over 600+ Senior Fellows from across the globe, representing a myriad of professions, skills, aspirations and motivations. We look back at over three decades of Melton Fellows joining the Foundation and forging life-long connections.
The Melton Foundation offers a variety of incentives and opportunities to its Fellows aimed at supporting personal and professional development and strengthening our community of global citizenship practice.
The biggest value, however, comes with every Fellow – their engagement, their contribution, their availability, and their openness to share. As a community, we thrive in Fellows’ participation, and aim to build a symbiotic relationship with you!
The endowment given to the Foundation by its Founders Bill Melton and Patricia Smith, allows us to cover the operational cost of our programming, primarily for the smooth functioning of our Fellowship and collaborative programs. However, as a mission-driven organization, we see the potential to expand our operations to create a more tangible, lasting impact. In today’s world, there is an evident need for the development of ethical leaders. The need is clear, and the time is now. Investing in the Melton Foundation means fueling the growth of our mission to cultivate globally competent leaders who take action. Scaling the reach of our Global Citizenship Development Framework is a fortified way of achieving this goal. Get in touch with our Executive Director to explore investment opportunities.
The Board Of Directors of the Melton Foundation is the highest decision-making body of the foundation. Senior Fellows can apply to become board members every time a call for new members goes out. A regular term is three years. On the board, you participate in quarterly meetings and can also be active in the committees, such as strategy, finance, resource development, or human resources. It is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the Melton Foundation.
Calls for application will be sent out via Melall and internal channels when the Board of Directors looks for new members. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Board Chairs or the Executive Director to learn more.
Do you live close to one of our partner universities, and would like to support our Fellows on campus? Then, becoming a Senior Fellow Task Team member (SFTT) is the right fit. This opportunity is open to all senior fellows in proximity to a Melton Foundation partner university, regardless of the program they graduated from. You will help the fellows navigate their program experience, support their local activities, and participate in global coordination meetings. It is a great way to stay connected and mentor our Learning Program Fellows. The exchange with other SFTTs in other regions at quarterly meetings gives you insights about what is happening at the other campuses and the ability to connect across boundaries.
In our programs, we always have a need for trainers to facilitate workshops or support the program with their expertise. Calls for applications are sent out frequently on our mailing lists and in our LinkedIn group so stay tuned! Supporting our programs as trainers is a great way to engage with our program participants, and also enhance your public speaking, and networking skills!
The Melton Foundation often calls for reviewers that give a second opinion on content or programs that are under development. Some examples can be curriculum reviews, learning frameworks, proposals, but also investment strategies, or HR processes. The process normally includes two feedback rounds and Senior Fellow input is extremely appreciated.
In our Programs we cover a variety of topics like leadership, intercultural learning, social innovation, system theory, entrepreneurship and many more. We are always looking for experts that can give an impulse or share their expertise. Let us know about a topic you are passionate about and we work together in how best to feature you in our programs.
Our community is our biggest strength! We always look forward to receiving connections to organizations that are working in a similar field to us through our Senior Fellow! You can always connect us to potential funders, the CSR department of your organization, or any other partners for mutual benefit.
Our Global Citizenship in Practice podcast is the perfect way to voice your opinions on world issues! We are always looking for new and exciting conversations. Do you have something in mind? Maybe even a partner you would like to do the podcast with? Write to us and host a podcast episode, or more!
Help spread the word about the Melton Foundation, our activities, impact project and more. Share our Social Media content to increase our reach. Reach out to our Head of Communication to strategise how our messages can reach the right audience and multiply our efforts for impact, and follow along on our digital media channels!
Melton Fellows often want to arrive early to our in-person events or stay longer to experience the local culture. Fellows may also be looking for a short stay opportunity during their travels in your region, and to connect with locals! We encourage our Senior Fellows to use this opportunity to connect and invite them for the day or a couple of nights as per your preference, as has been our Melton 'Home stay' tradition for many decades!
We are always thrilled to have Senior Fellows at events we organize in different world regions. You are welcome to attend these events and join the activities. These in-person meet-ups are an excellent opportunity to connect with old Melton friends and make new connections, while also sharing your own experiences with younger generations of Melton Fellows. Whether at a GCC or a Hub/Campus visit, or even joining an online session - join us!
Don't know which option to choose? Connect with one of our staff members to ideate and find the right spot for you to engage as a Senior Fellow. We welcome all your ideas and suggestions to further our mission and impact. Our team is here to support you along your journey. Contact us and we will work with you to find meaningful way - professional and personal to bring you back into the fold. After all, the Melton Fellowship is for life!
Because email continues to be the one medium that easily connects everyone in the Melton Foundation, we use email distribution lists to communicate and exchange information internally. With email being one of the primary contact points to connect and engage our global community, it is really important to keep your primary email address up to date. Should you ever change your email, or prefer to use a different ID for your Melton Foundation communications, please let us now so we can update our system and keep in touch!
There are a number of different channels with varied user lists, and you will soon be added to those that correspond to you, including the following:
email@example.com - the global Melton community channel which is used for global announcements and discussions. The channel connects over 600 Melton Fellows, faculty members from partner universities, current and former staff members, our founders, and more. Please use caution while using this channel, as your email and responses will be distributed to and received by everyone on the list.
firstname.lastname@example.org - the channel that connects all our Senior Fellows (SFs). It is used primarily for SF-related announcements, calls for applications, etc. The channel connects all Senior Melton Fellows who have successfully completed our longstanding Junior Fellowship (which has evolved into our now Global Citizenship Learning Program) or our more recent Global Solvers Accelerator program.
email@example.com - the channel that connects all successful graduates from the Global Solvers Accelerator since its first iteration in 2021. It connects Global Solvers Accelerator participants across batches to further focused support, exchange, and collaboration between generations of Global Solvers Accelerator participants. This channel is restricted only to participants of our Global Solvers Accelerator from all batches
We all need recommendation letters from time to time—Jobs, Grad Schools, or any other occasion. Talk to us! The Melton Foundation will support you in your professional journey. We also have a great network of Senior Fellows you can contact. Normally, they are very open to help other SFs! ❇️ Tip: the MF community LinkedIn group is a great resource to see who is doing what in our SF Network.
There are many channels to keep yourself updated about the Melton Foundation - our work, activities, opportunities, and more: Join our exclusive MF community LinkedIn group and tap into our global community for professional opportunities.
Sign-up for our newsletter with the must-know information at one glance. Connect and follow us on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and LinkedIn, and join the conversation on social media!
We have two types of Grants in the Melton Foundation - Action Grants and Opportunity Grants. Both are open for you as Senior Fellows. Action grants support your local impact project with funds but also access to the GlobalGiving Fundraising Platform. Opportunity Grants subsidize your participation at Global Melton Foundation events. Please reach out to our Grants Committee for more details.