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What You Need to Know About the Global Citizen Fellowship Program in South Africa

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Young people in South Africa have always been powerful and influential. They are also the hardest hit by unemployment and skill shortage. Through its 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 #BeyGOOD.

Applications are now open for the Global Citizen Fellowship Program that was announced by Tyler Perry and Ivy McGregor at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 on December 2, 2018 .

Addressing more than 60,000 Global Citizens at FNB Stadium, Perry said his stay in South Africa showed 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 Global Citizen Fellowship 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.

Unearthing remarkable potential

The program will unearth the remarkable potential of 10 to 15 young people through a paid, year-long fellowship aligned to one of Global Citizen’s four pillars of activity: creative, 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 will be 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.

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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.

What’s more, a selection of fellows will visit New York City in September to attend the 2019 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park.  

Each fellow will receive a work placement within the Global Citizen Africa team — based in Johannesburg, South Africa — 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.

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Apply today

Global Citizen is looking for young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 28. The program is open to South African citizens and permanent residents only, and successful applicants should be available full-time from May 1, 2019, to April 30, 2020. A matric certificate is necessary in order to be eligible.

To apply, send in a two- to three-minute video telling us 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.

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Email your application to or send it via WhatsApp to +27 63 639 1122, and please include a copy of your ID or passport. Keep in mind that applicants from minorities and underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications close on Friday, March 29, at midnight.