Global Citizen Curtis Scholarship 2018 for U.S. and U.K. Youth (Win a trip to South Africa and New York City)

Global Citizen Curtis Scholarship 2018 for U.S. and U.K. Youth (Win a trip to South Africa and New York City)

Deadline: May 20, 2018

Applications are open for the Curtis Scholarship 2018. The 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.

The Curtis Scholarship funds an overseas development trip with Global Citizen for the award winner. The scholarship provides an immersive experience highlighting effective development programs around sanitation, girls and women, and education. The 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.

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. Their mission is to foster global citizenship and cultural awareness through empowering youth from underrepresented and underserved groups with the skills and opportunities to become active global citizens.


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. They 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.


The Award consists of:

  1. Weekly pre-trip activities (June through August) and Monthly post-trip activities (September – December)
  2. Round trip airfare to South Africa (August 2 – 12) and New York (September 24-29)
  3. Global Citizen-led Orientation

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


  • 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.

12 Finalists (6 U.S. citizens and 6 U.K. citizens) will be evaluated on individual merit, including the following three (3) key areas:

  1. Global Citizenship – embodying and exemplifying the values and practices of a global citizen.
  2. Potential – the amount the Award would scale up or improve the Entrant’s capabilities.
  3. Passion – the Entrant’s dedication to social justice and advocacy.


  • 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

For more information, visit Global Citizen Curtis Scholarship.