Global Citizen Curtis Fellowship 2023 for South African Youths

Last Updated on March 21, 2023

Global Citizen Curtis Fellowship 2023

Applications for the Global Citizen Curtis Fellowship 2023 are now open. The 2023 Curtis Fellowship is an annual leadership development program to support youth ages 18-21 from underserved communities in South Africa who embody the values of global citizenship.

Curtis Fellows will further develop their professional and personal development through an innovative and engaging curriculum. After completion, fellows will receive letters of recommendation, guidance on future endeavours and stay connected with other Curtis Fellow alumni. Supported by members of the Global Citizen staff, the Curtis Fellows will explore social issues and innovative international organisations with a focus on poverty alleviation in Global Citizen’s issue areas.

The Curtis Fellowship, conceived and funded by Global Citizen Ambassador and former long-time Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis through the Vitalogy Foundation, is an annual award to mentor and support Curtis Fellows. The Curtis Fellowship 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.

Program Highlights

  • Innovative & Engaging curriculum from April-December focused on personal and professional development.
  • All Expenses paid learning trip to New York City in late September exploring cultural institutions, meeting with industry leaders, and more (if travel permits).
  • Speaker Series with various industry leaders.
  • Networking Opportunities & Internship Opportunities.
  • Access to a growing Alumni Network & many more opportunities.
  • Monthly stipend to be included for a part-time commitment between April-December 2023.


  • Applicant should be between the ages of 18-21 (by time of application);
  • Have limited travel experience;
  • Family household income of under R 120 000;
  • Those who come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Must have a valid passport;
  • Must be able to reside in Gauteng full time;
  • Must be available five days a week;
  • Physical attendance is compulsory.


Applicants must submit a 2-3 minute video or 500-700 word essay to answering the following questions: 

  • What qualities do you identify with as an active citizen of the world? 
  • If selected, what lasting change would you like to achieve through the program?
  • What specific socio-economic issues are you taking action on and why?

Applicants must submit a recommendation letter from a teacher/professor, school administrator, community leader, or colleague to be considered for the Curtis Fellowship.

For more information, visit Global Citizen Curtis Fellowship.

Deadline: March 30, 2023

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