The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Millennium Campus Network (MCN) proudly present the Millennium Fellowship. The Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program on your campus to take your social impact to the next level.
The Millennium Fellowship takes place on campuses around the world. If you and peers on your campus are selected for the Millennium Fellowship, you will convene this August to December at least monthly on your own campus – building your capacity as a leader, the capacity of your Millennium Fellowship Project, and building community with peers on campus (and virtually with other Millennium Fellows around the world).
The Millennium Fellowship convenes, challenges, and celebrates student leadership for UN goals on campuses worldwide.
- Convene: As part of a cohort of 8-20+ Millennium Fellows on your campus, convene to learn from and challenge each other. Millennium Fellows convene at least 8 times during the program.
- Challenge: Develop a plan of action for your sessions together. Meet to exchange best practices. And you could think bigger: organizing a campus-wide sustainability initiative or more.
- Celebrate: When your Fellowship Campus meets the goals you made for yourselves and completed the Fellowship graduation requirements, you will earn a certificate of recognition from United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network.
What are they looking for in selecting Millennium Fellows?
The Honorable Ban Ki-moon powerfully shares what makes an outstanding Millennium Fellow:
- “As Millennium Fellows, they need you to lead by example – with empathy, humility, and inclusion as guiding values. You can embrace global citizenship, building a strong global network to learn from and support each other. And your commitment to collaborative action can help make the SDGs and UNAI principles reality on your campuses and in your communities.”
In addition to these guiding values and traits of individuals, they are looking for cohorts and campuses that will champion this program. What does that mean in practice:
- Frequency: Campus Directors and Millennium Fellows are deeply invested in building capacity through community-building – meeting and engaging with each other as often as possible during the Millennium Fellowship – wanting to fully leverage the curriculum and community.
- Buy-in: Ideally, everyone all the way up to the University President/Vice-Chancellor gets behind Millennium Fellows, supporting their vision, projects, and collective action. If Fellows’ Projects or collective actions take place beyond the campus, community members are actively involved in leading and shaping them.
- Impact: Millennium Fellows successfully run their own projects (meeting intended outcomes) and where relevant find success in a collective action (for example, working with administration to update a campus sustainability plan, or hosting a campus-wide summit on gender inclusion). Campus Directors and Millennium Fellows share stories of impact advancing the SDGs and UNAI principles with MCN and UNAI.
- Continuity: Campus Directors and Millennium Fellows continue to meet regularly beyond the Millennium Fellowship in spring 2022 (and beyond) – committed to building out a robust campus hub. Fellows re-apply for the following year and/or nominate at least one other student to apply.
- You must be at least 18 years old, an undergraduate enrolled in a college or university, and in good standing at that academic institution for the duration of the program.
- You make a commitment to convene in-person least eight times during the Millennium Fellowship (for 2022 the program will run August 2022 – December 2022) with your Campus Directors and other Fellows on your campus to share best practices and take collective action. Students have to meet on-campus, in-person for the Fellowship sessions. If you miss sessions, this is grounds for expulsion and the forfeiture of your designation as a Millennium Fellow.
Note: They aim to accept at least eight Millennium Fellows from each Campus Hub (with two Campus Directors). Most Campus Hubs will typically have 8-20 Millennium Fellows. The Fellowship is about forming community; therefore they encourage you to share the program with other prospective Fellows on your campus and encourage them to apply as well.
For more information, visit https://www.millenniumfellows.org/