Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations
Leadership Fellowships

Deadline: 15 July 2016
Fellowship starts Sept 2016

Brief description:

This September, the United Nations will announce the inaugural class of the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals – 17 young change-makers whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the Goals. From food to fashion to finance, the Young Leaders will come from many different backgrounds, represent every region in the world and help activate millions of young people in support of the Goals.

Host Institution(s):

United Nations

Field of study:

Sustainable Development Goals

Number of Awards:


Target group:

Youth – 18 and 30 years old (as of 12 August 2016) from around the world

Fellowship benefits:

Successful nominees are expected to continue in their existing roles and serve as Young Leaders in an advocacy role. Being a Young Leader is not a full time role but an advocacy function which should complement existing work.

The function is honorary, non-remunerated and does not entail speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth or the United Nations.


Nominees must be between 18 and 30 years old (as of August 12, 2016). Successful candidates will be selected based on:

  •  • Their demonstrated achievements in promoting and advancing sustainable development;
  •  • The ability to command an audience, influence their contemporaries and inspire their constituents;
  •  • Their personal influence within their respective fields and reputation for inclusive and innovative leadership;
  • • Their demonstrated integrity, commitment to the SDGs and core values of the UN.

Application instructions:

Anyone can nominate! You cannot nominate yourself but anyone can nominate you. If you think that you qualify, ask a friend, a mentor or a colleague to nominate you. Deadline for nominations is 15 July 2016.

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