United Nations Academic Impact/MCN Millennium Fellowship 2020 for Undergraduate Leaders

United Nations Academic Impact/MCN Millennium Fellowship 2020 for Undergraduate Leaders

Deadline: March 31 and April 30, 2020

Calling undergraduate leaders! The 2020 Millennium Fellowship Application is Now Open. The United Nations Academic Impact and MCN proudly present the Millennium Fellowship, a semester-long leadership development program on your campus to take your social impact to the next level.

The Millennium Fellowship convenes, challenges, and celebrates student leadership for UN goals on campuses worldwide.  The program is free for accepted applicants. Access to world class training, connections, and recognition is just an application away.

The Millennium Fellowship takes place on campuses around the world. If you and peers on your campus are selected for the Millennium Fellowship, you will convene this August to December at least monthly on your own campus – building your capacity as a leader, the capacity of your Millennium Fellowship Project, and building community with peers on campus (and virtually with other Millennium Fellows around the world).


This program convenes, challenges, and celebrates student leadership for UN goals. 

  • Convene: As part of a cohort of 8-20+ Millennium Fellows on your campus, convene to learn from and challenge each other.
  • Challenge: 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.
  • Celebrate: When your Fellowship Campus meets the goals you made for yourselves, you will earn a certificate of recognition from United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network.

Upon successful completion of the program, join the MCN Alumni Community and Continue to Have Social Impact.

If selected:

  • Fellowship Launch: August 1, 2020
  • Program Entrance Survey and Fellowship Confirmation: To complete before your first Fellowship session.
  • Global Town Hall: September 2020 TBD
  • Bi-weekly Meetings: Depending on your semester start date, your Campus Directors will arrange a 2-hour meeting. All campuses meet for a minimum 2 hours every other week for a minimum of 8 sessions. These meetings will take place on your campus between August 1 – December 1 on a date you decide together.
  • Graduation: November 2020 (TBD)
  • End-of-Program Evaluation: Submit your materials by December 1, 2020.


All admitted Millennium Fellows are supported in engaging on their respective campuses for the duration of the Fellowship. 


  • 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.
    • The Millennium Fellowship program is open for undergraduate students only. Students who graduated or expect to graduate before December 2020, are not eligible for the program. Graduate students are not eligible.
  • You make a commitment to convene in-person least eight times during the Millennium Fellowship (for 2020 the program will run August-December) with your Campus Directors and other Fellows on your campus to share best practices and take collective action.
  • Students have to meet on-campus, in-person for the Fellowship sessions. If you miss sessions, this is grounds for expulsion and the forfeiture of your designation as a Millennium Fellow. Campus Directors have additional responsibilities.

Note: They aim to accept at least eight Millennium Fellows from each Campus Hub (with two Campus Directors). Most Campus Hubs will typically have 8-20 Millennium Fellows. The Fellowship is about forming community; therefore they encourage you to share the program with other prospective Fellows on your campus and encourage them to apply as well.

Selection Criteria

The Honorable Ban Ki-moon powerfully shares what makes an outstanding Millennium Fellow:

“As Millennium Fellows, we need you to lead by example – with empathy, humility, and inclusion as guiding values. You can embrace global citizenship, building a strong global network to learn from and support each other. And your commitment to collaborative action can help make the SDGs and UNAI principles reality on your campuses and in your communities.”

In addition to these guiding values and traits of individuals, we are looking for cohorts and campuses that will champion this program. What does that mean in practice:

  • Frequency: Campus Directors and Millennium Fellows are deeply invested in building capacity through community-building – meeting and engaging with each other as often as possible during the Millennium Fellowship – wanting to fully leverage the curriculum and community.
  • Buy-in: Ideally, everyone all the way up to the University President/Vice-Chancellor gets behind Millennium Fellows, supporting their vision, projects, and collective action. If Fellows’ Projects or collective actions take place beyond the campus, community members are actively involved in leading and shaping them.
  • Impact: Millennium Fellows successfully run their own projects (meeting intended outcomes) and where relevant find success in a collective action (for example, working with administration to update a campus sustainability plan, or hosting a campus-wide summit on gender inclusion). Campus Directors and Millennium Fellows share stories of impact advancing the SDGs and UNAI principles with MCN and UNAI.
  • Continuity: Campus Directors and Millennium Fellows continue to meet regularly beyond the Millennium Fellowship in spring 2020 (and beyond) – committed to building out a robust campus hub. Fellows re-apply for the following year and/or nominate at least one other student to apply.


All Millennium Fellows must complete the following requirements in order to successfully complete the fellowship:

  • Attendance of 6 Fellowship sessions and 3 virtual events
  • Submission of a 2-3 minute video tour of your current Project in October
  • Completion of Program Entrance and Program Exit Evaluation
  • Completion of Project Report for your Millennium Fellowship project and Self-Reflection
  • Campus Directors will additionally be required to participate in 4 hours of training, meet with their Co-Director and arrange one-to-one meetings (~15 minutes each) with the Fellows at their Campus Hub prior to the Fellowship launch. They also submit proof of their Campus Hub Sessions and commit to regular communication with Team MCN (minimum once every month).


Fill out the first round of the Millennium Fellowship Class of 2020 application. The program will take place on selected campuses worldwide from August 2020 to December 2020 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and eligible students will proceed to the final round of the application. 

Early applications encouraged. Next priority application deadline for the Class of 2020 is March 31. Final deadline to apply is April 30.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Millennium Fellowship.