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Global Citizen’s Fellowship Program in Africa: Everything You Need to Know


Why Global Citizens Should Care
Young people in Africa have always been powerful and influential. They are also the hardest hit by unemployment and skill shortage. Through our partnership with BeyGOOD, Global Citizen is helping empower young people with skills that will help them alleviate poverty. Join us here in taking action to empower young people and end extreme poverty.

Becoming a part of the Global Citizen Fellowship Program powered by BeyGOOD could change your life with skills that will set you up for a successful future.

Originally announced by Tyler Perry and Ivy McGregor at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 on Dec. 2, 2018, the Global Citizen Fellowship Program powered by BeyGOOD is an in-depth work experience opportunity aimed at skills development and empowering African youth. 

Addressing more than 60,000 Global Citizens at FNB Stadium during the Mandela 100 festival, Perry said his stay in South Africa had revealed to him the true essence of young people in the country: they are tenacious, determined, and eager to change society for the better. “You have inspired me,” he said, adding, “I have seen first-hand the amazing potential of all of South Africa’s young people.”

The Program is funded by Tyler Perry through BeyGOOD. BeyGOOD, a division of Parkwood Entertainment, is a Global Citizen partner.

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“When we invest in skills and opportunity, anything is possible,” said Ivy McGregor, the director of philanthropy and corporate relations for Parkwood Entertainment, at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.

What does the Fellowship involve? 

The program unearths the remarkable potential of up to 15 young people in South Africa and Nigeria — with the fellowship launching for the first time in Nigeria in 2021 — through a paid, year-long fellowship aligned with one of Global Citizen’s four pillars of activity: creative, policy and campaigns, rewards, and marketing.

The curriculum is designed to equip fellows with the skills and tools they need to thrive — not only during their time with Global Citizen, but also in any future endeavours.

The fellows are trained on using digital technology for social change, creating impactful storytelling that shifts attitudes, the importance of building lasting professional relationships, and the role of innovation in a constantly changing world.

The fellowship has a five-phase curriculum with interactive modules that focus on leadership, advocacy, international development, global citizenship, and work readiness. These modules are delivered by experts across a range of relevant fields through master classes, experiential learning, mentorship, and learning trips.

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Each fellow will receive a work placement within the Global Citizen Africa team — based in South Africa and in Nigeria  — where they will have hands-on training through real experience.

Finally, fellows will be provided with the skills and resources to help them secure work beyond their time with Global Citizen, giving them the best possible chance of achieving their dreams.

Who’s eligible for the Fellowship? 

Global Citizen is looking for young South Africans and Nigerians between the ages of 21 and 25 who have a matric or secondary school certificate, and are available from June 30, 2021, to May 21, 2022, to join the program. Applicants must also be able to house themselves in Johannesburg or Lagos for the duration of the program.

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How can I apply? 

Send us a two- to three-minute video explaining what makes you a Global Citizen, what role you believe young people play in ending extreme poverty, and what social issues you are taking action on. If you prefer writing, you can send a 500- to 700-word essay.

Email your application to fellowship@globalcitizen.org along with a copy of your ID or passport. Keep in mind that applicants from minorities and underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

You can read more about the young people who have previously taken part in the Fellowship program, the issues they’re passionate about, and about their experiences on the Fellowship program here and here