2022 Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholarship Program for Young Africans  

2023 Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholarship Program for Young Africans

Through the Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholarship, young, motivated global citizens-leaders who are actively engaged in the SDGs can access valuable educational opportunities, networking experiences, and peer-to-peer exchange opportunities. 

Participants have the opportunity to attend specialized academic training, join international fora, network with high-level changemakers, attend expert skills training and workshops, benefit from one-to-one mentoring, and participate in peer-to-peer exchanges.

In 2022, the Ban Ki-moon Centre will select 15 young African global citizen leaders for the program who are passionate about taking action for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular for SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).


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Scholarship Summary

Host Country: France

Study Abroad: Study in Europe 


Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters Scholarships | Ph.D. Scholarships | Training 

Eligible Countries: 5 African Countries 

Reward: Full Scholarship | 500€ seed grant 


Deadline: April 3, 2022

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Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholarship Details:

Scholars will attend the University of Bordeaux’s Summer School on “Sustainable African Cities” and additional special skills training with MCI at the Entrepreneurial University.


During the scholarship period (May – December 2022) the selected scholars will also be responsible for proposing and implementing an SDG micro-project in their communities. A micro-project is a localized project that addresses one or more of the SDGs within a given community and context.

Scholars will receive a 500€ seed grant to support their project and will receive project management training and guidance throughout the project proposal and implementation process.

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Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholarship Requirements:

To be considered for the program, you must be:


  • Young Africans from 5 African countries experiencing rapid urbanization: Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Morocco.
  • Age group 20-35 
  • Applicants must be a graduate or doctoral/post-doctoral student OR be recent graduates of a master’s level degree or higher.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong dedication to the SDGs (particularly SDG 11) and the ideals of global citizenship.
  • Applicants must provide evidence that they may otherwise not have access to such an opportunity.
  • Applicants must provide proof of a minimum English level B2 (European Standards)

Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholarship Duration and Reward

  • Full coverage of the costs of summer school training with the University of Bordeaux and skill training with MCI as well as other expert workshops.
  • To support the implementation of an SDG micro-project, a 500€ seed grant will be distributed upon successful submission of a project proposal.
  • Certificate of Achievement awarded after the successful completion of the SDG Micro-Project signed by Co-chairs of the Ban Ki-moon Centre.
  • Alumni Network membership for scholars who complete the program and earn their certificate.
  • Further platforming of scholars and selected projects on RELX’s SDG Resource Centre, the BKMC website, social media, and international forums.

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Method of Application

Please submit the following materials to scholars@bankimooncentre.org by April 3, 2022, 11 PM CET.

  • Current CV, including date of birth and nationality
  • Scan of passport or other formal ID
  • Proof of academic titles and/or enrollment confirmation
  • Letter of motivation (max 500 words)
  • Why do you want to receive this scholarship?
  • Why do you want to attend the “Sustainable African Cities” summer school with the University of Bordeaux?
  • What makes YOU a global citizen?
  • Why would you otherwise not have access to this opportunity?
  • SDG Micro-Project pitch (max 500 words)
  • Describe a project that you would like to implement for the SDGs in your community, particularly SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). The proposal does not need to be formal; however, it should include a short description of the challenge you intend to address and a manageable project idea that you could implement with the available resources (500 euros seed funding) and any additional funds that may be available. If you can already think of partners who you would like to work with (local NGOs, schools, companies, city councils, etc.), please list these. Should you be chosen for the scholarship, you will be able to adjust and revise the idea as you go through the program.



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