Global Citizens Fellowship

About the Fellowship
Application Information
How to Find an Organization
Past & Present Global Citizens Fellows
Program History
Contact Information

About the Fellowship

Ryan Herman

The Global Citizens Fellowship provides students with the opportunity to pursue summer volunteer and public service projects outside of the United States.  The intent of the program is to support student projects that are independently designed and focus on providing direct service by working in local communities.  By enabling students to immerse themselves in foreign cultures, the Global Citizens Fellowship aims to encourage a broadening of perspective among volunteers, the foreign communities in which they will work, and the Bowdoin community to which they will return.

Fellowships of $5000 will cover the cost of travel and living expenses for ten weeks.  Applicants may affiliate themselves with an existing organization in-country, but fellowships will not pay the costs of joining one of the many varieties of international "service trips" or "service tours" available for purchase.

 As part of the fellowship, participants are required to:

1. Participate in a weekly pre-departure seminar in Spring Semester;
2. Convene with other fellowship recipients and staff upon return to campus for discussion, reflection and to identify common themes which could be addressed through campus-wide educational programming;
3. Support McKeen Center work around issues explored during the Global Citizens Fellowship

Application Information

Sophie South Africa

The 2019 Global Citizens Fellowship application is due on January 31, 2019 at noon EST. The 2019 application is not yet available. However, 2018 Application information can be downloaded HERE. A completed application includes the following materials:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Project Proposal
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Resume
  5. Itemized budget for the project (Example Budget)
  6. Letter/email from the committed partner organization

How to Find an Organization

A student must have confirmed a project proposal with an existing community-based organization to apply for a Global Citizens Fellowship. We encourage students to begin the process of finding an organization in the Fall semester prior to applying for the fellowship or during Winter Break, at the very latest. We have three good resources for helping students find quality organizations to work with:

  1. Omprakash: Omprakash is a database of volunteer opportunities at grassroots social impact organizations around the world. The organization was founded by William Oppenheim '09, a Bowdoin alum and a founder of the Global Citzens Fellowship. Many Bowdoin Students have found Global Citizens Fellowship opportunities through Omprakash.
  2. Bowdoin-connected Non-Profits: Learn more here about international non-profits with whom members of the Bowdoin community have worked.
  3. Past Global Citizens Fellows: Read more about past Global Citizens Fellowship experiences. Be sure to talk with McKeen Center students or staff about these organizations as well since they will have helpful information for you.

Global Citizens Fellows, Present and Past

Willy Oppenheim

Read more about our current Global Citizens Fellows. You can learm about all our past Global Citizens Fellows by viewing our past recipients page.

Global Citizens Fellowship History

The Global Citizens Fellowship program was jump-started in 2008 by William Oppenheim '09. It is made possible through the generosity of Artistotle Investors Ltd., John Morrill, and Michael '60 and Linda Frieze through the Frieze Family Foundation of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.

Program Contact Information

For more information on the Global Citizens Fellowship throughout the year please contact Tom Ancona.

During the 2018-19 Academic Year, please feel free to contact our Global Citizens Fellowship McKeen Fellows, Aliya-Begum Jessa and Theo HurleyAliya and Theo have office hours in the McKeen Center during Fall 2018 Semester on Mondays (8a-10a) and on Wednesdays (8a-10a; 3p-5p). You may drop-in or contact them to schedule a meeting.