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The Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program that takes place on various university campus locations around the world. It is run jointly by the United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network.

The programme convenes, challenges, and celebrates student leadership for UN goals on campuses worldwide. The program is free for accepted applicants.

Applications for the Class of 2021 have opened and will be reviewed on a rolling basis for a limited number of Fellowships, so early applications are encouraged. 

The program will run on campuses worldwide from August to November 2021 where cohorts of 8-20 Millennium Fellows have been selected.


  • 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.



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.


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.


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.

How the Program Works


When you apply, you are asked to submit your Millennium Fellowship Project. Whatever your project is, it must be time-bound - something you can make meaningful, measurable impact on during the Millennium Fellowship (August-December) and it must advance at least one Sustainable Development Goal and one UNAI principle. For some examples, it could be (but is not limited to):

  • leading your campus organization (for example, a chapter of AIESEC, ENACTUS, UNICEF) that advances UN goals.

  • student journalism - writing a series on the Sustainable Development Goals for your campus newspaper.

  • running a social enterprise.

  • innovative research that concretely advances UN goals.

  • proposing a collective action as a Project - a campus-wide and/or community-wide initiative that advances UN goals. For inspiration, learn about Middlebury College's successful campus-wide action to become carbon neutral by 2016 (advancing SDG 13).

Convene, Challenge, and Celebrate.

In Fellowship sessions (a minimum of 8 convenings between August and November), Millennium Fellows convene on their respective campuses. During these sessions, Campus Directors will lead you through the MCN Action Toolkit - an adaptive curriculum to help you reflect on core values, hone skills, and take informed action for UN goals. The curriculum is experiential - it is meant to be applied to help you grow as a leader in real-time as you manage your Project. As a campus hub, you will get exposed to a variety of elements during the Fellowship sessions as part of the MCN Action Toolkit:

  • cultivating core values (empathy, humility, inclusion).

  • honing hard skills (how to write a budget, create SMART goals).

  • honing soft skills (team management, pitching your Project).

  • peer to peer feedback - sharing best practices to help each other overcome obstacles to your Project and exploring further opportunities for collaboration.

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