Fellows are participants in the GCI Fellowship.

They are outstanding and engaged global citizens from around the world with an innate commitment to build a better tomorrow and catalyze positive change.



Our 10-month Fellowship equips young global citizens with the mindset, skills and resources necessary to become effective and ethical global leaders.

For the summer of 2021, GCI will be introducing an exciting online program: The GCI LEAD Challenge. While we look forward to meeting new Fellows in 2022, we are thrilled by the response to our new virtual offering. Applications for the GCI LEAD Challenge are open until April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm ET: apply now!






"GCI cultivates a diverse community of global leaders who can, together and in collaboration with others, meaningfully advance inclusion, freedom, and justice for all, and tackle the challenges brought about by globalization, as identified in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. This is important work because we need, urgently, more leaders like these."

Dr. Fernando Reimers

Ford Foundation Professor of the

Practice in International Education,

International Education Policy,

Harvard Graduate School of Education


Become a Fellow




Applicants must be current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors at the time of application and between 16 and 19 years of age the first day of the Summit.



Applicants must commit to the duration of the 10-month Fellowship, attending the Summit in its entirety and collaborating with their Mentors for the duration of the nine-month Mentorship.


The GCI Fellowship and Summit at the University of St Andrews will return in July 2022.



If English is not an applicant's native language or their school's primary language of instruction, applicants must take an English language exam and submit their scores as part of the application. 




Tuition for the Fellowship is $5,900 and includes Summit room and board, academic materials, activity fees and transportation between Summit venues, including pick up and drop off from the airport or train station.

Expenses related to round-trip travel to Scotland are not included.

FINANCIAL AID: A limited amount of financial aid is available. We encourage you to apply for financial aid if you require assistance in meeting the cost of attendance.


  • Online Application (Applicant and Parent Information)

  • 4 Essays

  • One-minute Introductory Video

  • 2 Recommendation Letters

  • School Reports (Current and Past Years)

  • English Language Test Scores, if first language or secondary school's language of instruction is not English

  • Application Fee US$30


Acceptance to the program is competitive and therefore will require much advanced preparation. A parent or guardian will be required to fill out some parts of the application.

After much consideration, GCI has cancelled the GCI Fellowship 2021 and is looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of Fellows in 2022.


For the summer of 2021, GCI has the unique opportunity to develop a virtual program for secondary school students in the summer of 2021 that meets our high standards for program excellence and meaningful engagement: The GCI LEAD Challenge.

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GCI Summit 2019 in Tokyo

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Become a Mentor

We welcome Mentors from around the world and all industry backgrounds.

If you are an exceptional professional with project management experience who is eager to empower the next generation of global leaders, contact us for more information on becoming a Mentor.


Global Citizens Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise registered in Connecticut, United States. We empower young global citizens from all sectors of society to be lifelong leaders of positive change. EIN 46-1850022.


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