2018 Curtis Scholars


The 2018 Curtis Scholarship is an annual leadership development program to support youth ages 16-20 from underserved communities in the U.S. or U.K. who embody the values of global citizenship.

Curtis Scholars will be invited to join a 10 day learning trip to South Africa, and one advocacy trip to Global Citizen Week Events in NYC.

Joined by members of the Global Citizen staff, the Curtis Scholars will explore social issues, innovative international organizations and cultural sites with a focus on poverty alleviation in Global Citizen's issue areas.

Our mission is to foster global citizenship through empowering youth from underrepresented groups with the skills and tools to become dynamic change-makers for local to global impact.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants can choose between submitting 2-3 minute videos or 500-700 word written responses to the two essay questions in the application.
  • Applicants must also respond to two short answer questions, up to 250 words each.
  • Applicants must submit a recommendation letter from a teacher/professor, school administrator, community leader, or colleague to be considered for the Curtis Scholarship.
  • Guidelines for Recommendation letter
Learning Trip Includes

  • Pre- and post-departure trip learning sessions (through December 2018)
  • Round trip airfare from within the U.S. or U.K. to South Africa (August 2 - 12) and New York (September 24-29)
  • Round trip airfare from within the U.S. to NYC or within U.K. to London for a Global Citizen-led Orientation (August 1)
  • All trip-related meals
  • Lodging and transportation
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses (at the GC’s discretion)
  • Passport fees and all travel costs associated with this trip
Eligibility Criteria

  • Ages 16-20 (by time of application)
  • U.S. Citizens or U.K. Citizens
  • Limited past overseas travel
  • Family household income of under $85,000 USD or £60,000 GBP
  • Those from minority and underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Curtis Scholarship

The Curtis Scholarship, conceived and funded by Global Citizen Ambassador and Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis through the Vitalogy Foundation, is an annual award to mentor and support Curtis Scholars. The Curtis Scholarship seeks to create, support, and equip a network of youth advocates and community leaders committed to local and global response on issues surrounding extreme poverty.

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FAQs

What is Global Citizen?

Global Citizen is a community of people like you. People who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges—and use their power to get other people involved too.

We bring you stories and actions that make a difference. That help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world, and support approaches that will make life more sustainable for people and the planet.

What does the judging criterion “Global Citizenship” mean? What else are the applications judged by?

Please reference the Global Citizen Manifesto for our definition of a Global Citizen. We are looking for motivated youth from under-resourced communities with limited travel history who want to become dynamic changemakers. The award winners will be selected by a panel of senior Global Citizen judges, and will be selected on the basis of talent, originality, writing/production ability, style, creativity and a commitment to social justice.

Will there be an orientation?

Yes, there will be a one-day orientation for accepted students on Wednesday, August 1st. Airfare from within the U.S. will be provided to NYC for U.S. Scholars and airfare from within the U.K. will be provided to London for U.K. Scholars.

When does the application open? When does it close?

It opens for submission on April 20, 2018 6:00 PM EDT and closes on May 20, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Do I require any immunizations or a passport for the trip?

If admitted, Global Citizen will help you get your passport and immunizations for the trip. More information will be provided upon admission into the Curtis Scholars Program.

​How many scholars are participating in this program?

The program will consist of 6 U.S. based Curtis Scholars and 6 U.K. based Curtis Scholars. Final staffing and numbers of attendees will be shared in the Summer.

What are the the eligibility requirements for the Curtis Scholarship? Do I need specific academic requirements to be eligible?

Eligibility requirements are:

  • Ages 16-20 (by time of application)
  • U.S. Citizens or U.K. Citizens
  • Limited history of overseas travel
  • Family household income of under $85,000 USD or £60,000 GBP
  • Those from minority and underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

No, there are no academic requirements to be eligible for the Curtis Scholarship.

Do you accept people who are not U.S. or U.K. citizens?

Unfortunately, at this time we are only able to accept people with U.S. or U.K. citizenship.

Who should write a letter of recommendation?

The letter of recommendation should come from someone who can speak about your motivation, ability to work in a team and potential to be an agent of change. Preferred letters will be from a teacher/professor, school administrator, community leader, or colleague. Guidelines for Recommendation letter

What costs are covered for this trip?

All costs associated associated with the program will be included.

  • Round trip airfare from within the U.S. or U.K. to Orientation/South Africa (August 1 - 12) and New York (September 24-29)
  • Round trip airfare from within the U.S. or U.K. for Orientation
  • All trip-related meals
  • Lodging and transportation
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses (at the Global Citizen’s discretion)
  • Passport fees and all travel costs associated with this trip

The goal of this program is to make this opportunity available to the most people as possible. However we are only able to provide airfare from within the U.S. or U.K. Please email curtisscholarship@globalcitizen.org if you have any questions or concerns about cost.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

You will be notified of your application status by June 4, 2018.

What can I expect to do on this trip? What should I expect to do as a participant in the Curtis Scholars Program?

Scholars will be expected to participate in pre- and post-departure trip activities that apply culturally competent leadership and active citizenship. Global Citizen will support the scholars in professional and personal development through deeper understanding of complex social issues and prepare the Curtis Scholars to become advocates of social change.

As a Curtis Scholar, you will be invited to represent Global Citizen in South Africa and during Global Citizen Week in New York City which requires flexibility and an open-mind. You will meet with a variety of organizations and businesses to learn about issues related to extreme poverty. Outside of the trips, you will be expected to spend about 2 hours per week engaging in group and individual activities that focus on professional development, personal growth, advocacy, cultural exposure, social justice and equity. This will include group discussions and applying skills in your local communities that will last until December 2018. This may include writing advocacy pieces and engaging in political and community activism. After completion, you will be able to earn letters of recommendation, receive guidance on future endeavors and stay connected with other Curtis Scholar alumni.

Who makes the Curtis Scholarship possible?

The 2018 Curtis Scholarship was generously supported by Kelly Curtis, Vitalogy Foundation, Mike Campana, Izzy Zivkovi, Michele Anthony, Live Nation and the Hollywood Trust.

Where can I ask questions not covered here?

If you have any questions that are not answered on the award’s information page or in these FAQs, please email curtisscholarship@globalcitizen.org. Regretfully we will only be able to respond to questions not answered here.

For all questions please read our FAQs above or e-mail curtisscholarship@globalcitizen.org

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