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.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE BAN KI-MOON GLOBAL CITIZEN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ARE NOW OPEN!
In 2021, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is granting 6 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.
Online summer school with the University of Bordeaux on “African Cities in 2030” (May 31 – June 4, 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.
Open to all African youth regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation
Age group 20-35
Applicants must have completed at least 1 year of a master’s program, be working towards a PhD, or be within 2 years of graduation from a master’s program or higher.
Applicants must demonstrate strong dedication to SDGs and the ideals of global citizenship.
Applicants must provide evidence that they may otherwise not have access to such an opportunity.
Applicants must provide proof of a minimum English level B2 (European Standards)
Further showcasing of scholars and selected projects.
HOW TO APPLY?
Deadline: May 2, 2021
Documents: Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Scan of passport or other formal ID
Proof of academic titles and/or enrollment confirmation
Letter of motivation (max 500 words)
Why do you want to receive this scholarship?
Why do you want to attend the “Africa Cities in 2030” summer school with the University of Bordeaux?
What makes YOU a global citizen?
Why would you otherwise not have access to this opportunity?
SDG Micro-Project pitch (max 500 words)
Describe a project that you would like to implement for the SDGs in your community. It does not need to be a formal proposal; however, it should include a short description of a challenge you wish to address and a manageable project idea that you could implement with minimal financial resources. If you can already think of partners who you would like to work with (local NGOs, schools, companies, city councils etc.), please list these. Should you be chosen for the scholarship, you will be able to adjust and revise the idea as you go through the program.
To learn about projects that have already been implemented by our scholars, fellows, and mentoring pairs, please visit our website HERE.
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 Pepra, Oduor 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.
MEET THE SCHOLARS
Oduor Kevin Otieno
Hikmat Baba Dua
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.
MEET THE SCHOLARS
Belinda Isimbi Uwase
Rwanda – GLOW (Girls Light our World)
South Korea – Empowering Farmers
Eun Ji Park
South Korea – Environmental Policy Specialist
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.
MEET THE SCHOLARS
Vietnam – Mentoring Vietnamese Youth
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.
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.
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.