The Global Citizen Fellowships are long-term leadership development opportunities awarded to exceptional young aspiring leaders, who seek to strengthen their capacity to become changemakers for sustainable development.

The selected fellows take part in tailor-made leadership training, which is executed in cooperation with the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, an institution of excellence for the study of international affairs. This unique training solidifies the fellows’ knowledge about the SDGs, strengthens their changemaker skills, and empowers them to implement an SDG Micro-Project. Simultaneously, they participate in high-level events and conferences, are exposed to unique networking opportunities, take part in team-building activities and an exciting extracurricular program. The fellows subsequently embark on a six-month remote fellowship phase during which they receive guidance to implement an SDG Micro-Project in their home communities.



Participation in an 8 week-long leadership training with a weekly time investment of max. 6 hours (3 hours on-screen training sessions – 3 hours of extracurricular and outside classroom activities.)

Guided planning and implementation of an SDG Micro-Project during a one-month SDG Micro-Project incubator and a six-month implementation phase with online follow-up meetings.

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

Alumni Network membership for fellows, who successfully complete the programme.


Education for Justice
Global Citizenship
Sustainable Development Goals
Gender Issues and Women’s Empowerment
Human Rights, Good Governance, Rule of Law

SDG Micro-Project Management
Changemaker Skills

 You will be tasked to find a solution to a specific challenge that you spotted in your region or community. Implementing a small-scale project that contributes to the achievement of one or more SDGs is an essential assignment to complete the Global Citizen Fellowship.



Change-maker Training

The fellows take part in seminars, lectures and workshops focusing on: Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, Project Management for Changemakers, Leadership for Sustainable Development, Communications and Negotiation Skills, Crisis Management and Mediation Skills.

Participants from the Women´s Empowerment Program Asia 2019 Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens during the Round Table: Effective Women Leadership at the Diplomatische Akademie, 2nd October 2019, Vienna
Copyright: BKMC/ Eugenie Berger

Events, Conferences and Networking

The program puts great emphasis on strengthening the fellows’ networking skills by participating in various high-level conferences, events, and receptions. Additional networking exercises challenge the fellows to broaden their professional network.


Extracurricular Activities

A main objective is to establish a network of young change-makers that persists well beyond the duration of the fellowship. Exciting extracurricular and team-building activities throughout the two weeks aim to foster a strong bond among the fellows.

Copyright: BKMC/Eugénie Berger

SDG Micro-Projects

A crucial goal of the training is to equip fellows with the skills needed to become effective change-makers and encourage them to develop an idea for a project that contributes to the achievement of one or more SDGs. Upon their return to their home communities, fellows independently implement such an SDG Micro-Project within the six months after the in-person training.


Post-Training Conference Calls

During the six months phase, fellows are gathered periodically in three classroom-style conference calls. The calls help to re-connect the young leaders, strengthening their network, but also providing additional insights on topics related to the SDGs by inviting senior professionals as incentive speakers.


Certificate of Achievement and Alumni Network Membership

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


Empowering Young Women Leaders: Asia

In 2019, 20 young women from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia and South Korea received a Global Citizen Fellowship to participate in a Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP), funded by Korea Foundation. As a central part of the program, the BKMC organized a panel discussion on the Afghan peace talks, where the Afghan fellows featured as expert speakers and shared their hands-on perspective on the issue. In the remote fellowship phase, all fellows implemented SDG Micro-Projects that helped raise awareness for the SDGs, promote peace in Afghanistan, and combat violence against women.

Empowering Young Women Leaders: Gulf Region

In 2019, a second WEP was funded by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. 20 women from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE were selected as Global Citizen Fellows. The program had a strong focus on female entrepreneurship, highlighting how entrepreneurship can largely contribute to the implementation of the SDGs. The fellows’ SDG Micro-Projects, focused on topics such as, economic empowerment of women and youth, and worked to increase the employment opportunities for people with disabilities.