The Global Citizen Scholarship Program empowers exceptional young people by facilitating their participation in international conferences as well as tailor-made, short-term academic trainings and supporting and mentoring them during the development of their own “SDG Micro-Project.”

The scholarship includes the chance to attend renowned international fora, interact and network with high-level change-makers, access specialized educational seminars and trainings, and gain insights from expert mentors and workshops provided by the Centre.




In 2021, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is granting 8 full scholarships to young African graduates and PhD candidates covering program costs and, if COVID-19 restrictions allow travel, accommodation, and a daily stipend for attendance at an in-person gathering.


Tentative participation at an in-person conference or gathering in 2021

Virtual expert workshops on the SDGs, project management, fundraising, and more.

Participation at the virtual RELX Inspiration Day June 2021.

One-on-one mentoring by professors at the University of Bordeaux and high-level partners of the Ban Ki-moon Centre during the implementation of an individual SDG Micro-Project.

Possible virtual or in-person participation at the “Africa-France Summit on Sustainable Cities and Regions” in Montpellier, France (July 8 – 11, 2021).

Certificate of Achievement after the successful completion of the SDG Micro-Project, signed by Ban Ki-Moon and Heinz Fischer.

Alumni Network membership for scholars who successfully complete the program.


Gillian Ndlovu

Gillian Ndlovu


Mercy Waweru

Mercy Waweru


In 2020, the Global Citizen Scholarship Program took on a new form, adapting to the current circumstances with regards to COVID-19. The BKMC selected 6 outstanding African global citizen change-makers for the program, which included an intensive online training course with the University of Bordeaux on the theme of, “Africa and COVID-19: Multidisciplinary Insights,” expert meetings and workshops hosted and curated by the BKMC, one-on-one mentoring, and the completion of an individually proposed SDG Micro-Project.

In December 2020, the BKMC, together with RELX and the University of Bordeaux awarded program certificates to the six extraordinary African Global Citizen Scholars – Akosua PepraOduor Kevin, Hikmat Baba Dua, Tafadzwa Sachikonye, Barbara Nakijoba, and Ruvimbo Samanga – for successfully completing the scholarship program and implementing outstanding SDG Micro-Projects in their communities Read more here. 


Ruvimbo Samanga 2

Ruvimbo Samanga 

Oduor Kevin Headshot

Oduor Kevin Otieno 

Tafadzwa Sachikonye Profile Image

Tafadzwa Sachikonye

Hikmat Baba Dua

Hikmat Baba Dua

Barbara Nakijoba

Barbara Nakijoba

Akosua Pepra Headshot

Akosua Pepra

In 2019, a total of six scholars were chosen from Rwanda, South Korea, Ghana, Jordan, and Nigeria. The scholars presented their innovative ideas and projects aimed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)to the Centre’s Co-chairs and Board members and received feedback on how to move forward with strategic plans to make the most impact. Read more here.


Belinda Isimbi Uwase

Rwanda – GLOW (Girls Light our World)


Sungyeon Park

South Korea – Empowering Farmers

Eun Ji

Eun Ji Park

South Korea – Environmental Policy Specialist


Oyindamola Adegboye


Samuel Kofi Afadu


Salahaldeen Alazaizeh

Jordan – Xi Education

In 2018, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens sponsored four scholars to attend European Forum Alpbach in Tyrol, Austria. The scholars were the first of the program and came from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Read more here.



Alhassan Baba Miniru

Ghana – Recycle Up! Ghana


Loan Vuong

Vietnam – Mentoring Vietnamese Youth


Juliana al Massri


Mohammad Almishlawi


Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens at the Forum Alpbach 2019, 25th August 2019, Tirol, Austria
Copyright: BKMC / Eugenie Berger

Attendance at International Fora

Scholars are sponsored to attend high-level, international fora such as European Forum Alpbach and the Africa-France Summit on Sustainable Cities and Regions. Select scholars have the opportunity to attend high-level meetings with politicians and other stakeholders where they can share their unique insights. This assists scholars in building their professional networks.


Tailor-made Short-term Academic Trainings

Scholars are supported to take part in specialized, tailor-made academic trainings focused on different themes. These trainings allow scholars to gain useful knowledge and skills and to benefit from peer-to-peer exchange.


Development of an SDG Micro-Project

When applying, scholars submit a proposal for an “SDG Micro-Project” to be carried-out with the support of the Ban Ki-moon Centre. These projects address one or more of the SDGs and seek to contribute to meeting challenges in the scholars’ communities and/or regions. Scholars present their projects to an expert panel and submit a project report at the end of the implementation period.

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens at the Forum Alpbach 2019, 25th August 2019, Tirol, Austria
Copyright: BKMC / Eugenie Berger

Mentoring and Workshops

Scholars are paired with a mentor who can support them during their SDG Micro-Project development. Furthermore, the Ban Ki-moon Centre provides workshops and incentive speakers during regular virtual meetings with the scholars.

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens at the Forum Alpbach 2019, 25th August 2019, Tirol, Austria
Copyright: BKMC / Eugenie Berger

Certificate of Achievement and Alumni Network Membership

After the successful completion of the SDG Micro-Project, scholars are awarded with a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Co-chairs of the Ban Ki-moon Centre. Additionally, scholars become a part of the Alumni Network of the Centre.