The Global Citizen Scholarship Program empowers exceptional young African leaders by facilitating their participation in 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 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 Ban Ki-moon Centre.

The Global Citizen Scholarship Program is now closed to applications. Meet our 2023 cohort below. 

Global Citizen Scholars 2023

Kabelo Kgodane

South Africa


Ketema Zergaw



Kohtem Princewil Sambit



Lydia Madintin Konlan



Komlan Abalo Braly



Gloria Magut



Winifred Maduko



Qudus Oladeji



Peter Junior Njovu



Mededode Monique Sognigbe



Aimé Ludovic Sawadogo

Burkina Faso


Che Myra Ndum



Clarisse Iradukunda



Joseph Philip Umaru



Lamek Nyabuga




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.

Our partners

RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. RELX serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs more than 33,000 people over 40% of whom are in North America. The RELX SDG Resource Centre has been at the centre of a partnership with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens to support young African entrepreneurs working on SDG micro-projects.

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The University of Bordeaux is a public university based in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. It has several campuses in the cities and towns of Bordeaux, Dax, Gradignan, Périgueux, Pessac, and Talence.[3] There are also several smaller teaching sites in various other towns in the region, including in Bayonne. The University of Bordeaux counts more than 50,000 students, over 6,000 of which are international.

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The MCI links together the best out of science, economy and consulting to the unique concept of an international Entrepreneurial University of Applied Sciences providing the platform for numerous academia-business activities including start-ups, executive education, summer & winter schools, study abroad programs, international conferences and more. It stands for internationality, academic quality, practice orientation, innovation, close cooperation with industry, solution-oriented research and development, first-class infrastructure, a high level of customer and service orientation, and international renown.

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Our alumni

Sharon Anyango Onyango

Emmanuel Hanyabui

Anna Saakwor  Batsa

Dula Alemu  Dinku

Esmael Seid Yimer

Emmanuel Komla Dzisi

Joseph Takyi Odoom

Khaoula Yasyn

Netsanet Muluneh Gebreyohannes

Dorcas Moraa Nyamanya

Shalom Abebaw Bekele

Girma Senbetie  Asefawu

Esther Wanza

Manasiti  Omar

David  Ewusi-Mensah

Benedicta Apuamah

Kayla De Leon

Mercy Waweru

Gillian Ndlovu

Fenosoa Ramiaramanana

Munji Tahirih Kengne

Eedee-Bari Bawoh

David Aluga

Salisu Abdullahi

Bessy Thuranira

Ruvimbo Samanga

Tafadzwa  Sachikonye

Barbara Nakijoba

Oduor Kevin Otieno

Akosoa Pepra

Hikmat Baba Dua

Belinda Isimbi Uwase

Samuel  Kofi Afadu

Oyindamola Adegboye

Salahaldeen Alazaizeh

Sungyeon  Park

Eun Ji Park

Alhassan Baba Muniru

Mohammad  Almishlawi

Loan Vuong

Juliana al Massri