Global Citizens Fellowship

The Global Citizens Fellowship provides students with the opportunity to pursue community-oriented 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.

Global Citizens Application

Global Citizens Fellowship applications are due in late January each year.

Check back here next fall for application information.

 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

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.