Global Citizens Fellowship

The Global Citizens Fellowship traditionally provides students with the opportunity to pursue community-oriented summer volunteer and public service projects outside of the United States.


2021 Program Update: The McKeen Center will not be supporting international travel for Summer 2021 through the Global Citizens Fellowship. Please contact Tom Ancona for more information.

For Summer 2021 only, the traditional Global Citizens Fellowship will become a Social Justice Fellowship. The McKeen Center will fund five students to work with social justice-oriented non-profits in the United States (international students can work with organizations in the U.S. or their home country). Like the Global Citizens Fellowship, 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. Our goal is for students to immerse themselves in a community and, in doing so, experience a broadening of perspective as a volunteer about the communities in which they will work, and the Bowdoin community to which they will return.

Fellowship stipends of $5000 will be paid for 10 weeks of full-time work with a social justice-oriented non-profit, either virtually or in-person (following all COVID-19 safety protocol). Applicants should partner with an existing non-profit whose central mission is advancing social justice-oriented goals.
Global Citizens Application

Global Citizens Application Deadline:

February 24, 2021, 12p EST

Access the GCF Application Info Now.


As part of the fellowship, participants will be required to:

  • Complete an online curriculum on doing social justice-oriented work through Omprakash prior to starting their internship
  • Participate in an in-person (or virtual) orientation session at the start of the summer
  • Attend 2-3 virtual 1:1 and group reflections over the course of the summer
  • Design a poster detailing their summer experience
  • Convene with other fellowship recipients and staff after the summer to reflect on their experiences


To be eligible for this fellowship, student’s projects must be with US-based non-profits or government organizations whose primary missions are related to creating a fair and equal society in which each individual matters, their rights are recognized and protected, and decisions are made in ways that are fair and honest.  International students can work with organizations in the U.S. or their home country.  Students are encouraged to consider organizations doing work around antiracism.

The fellowship is open to all Bowdoin students in good standing who apply during their first, sophomore, or junior years. If you are not a US citizen or a green card holder, you should speak with Dean Khuong or Eduardo Pazos Palma prior to submitting an application. 

Please note that the McKeen Center will consult with the Dean of Students office to ensure that all candidates are in good standing.


  • February 24, 2021: Fellowship application due at noon EST
  • March 31, 2021: Fellows are notified of acceptance into the program by this date
  • May/June 2021: Fellows complete an online curriculum through Omprakash
  • June-August 2021: Fellows work at their project sites (virtually or in-person) and complete their project poster
  • September 2021: Fellows are invited back for reflection with their cohort & Bowdoin staff and faculty

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.

Traditional Global Citizens Information