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Fast Facts
The United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are partnering on the Millennium Fellowship.  The Millennium Fellowship convenes, challenges, and celebrates student leadership for UN goals on campuses worldwide.  The program is free for accepted applicants.  The final application deadline for Millennium Fellows and Campus Directors is July 31.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for a limited number of Fellowships, so early applications are encouraged.  The program will run on campuses worldwide from mid-August to mid-November where cohorts of 8-20 Millennium Fellows have been selected.  Feedback and stories of student impact will be submitted by December 2018.  You can learn more about the Millennium Fellowship here with additional content here.    

This FAQs section below has been compiled to provide greater detail on this program and related logistics.  In the event that your questions are not answered, please visit the "Getting in Touch" section below and reach out directly.  Please note that given the global scale of this program a large number of inquiries is anticipated; these will be responded to as quickly as possible.

mILLENNIUM fellowship applicants

+What is the timeline for applying, and if selected, participating as a Millennium Fellow in 2018?

FELLOWS:

  • 11:59PM EST, April 30, 2018: Priority Application Deadline for Fellows
  • 11:59PM EST, May 31, 2018: General Application Deadline
  • 11:59PM EST, June 30, 2018: Late Application Deadline
  • 11:59PM EST, July 31, 2018: Final Application Deadline
  • August 15, 2018: All Millennium Fellows and Campus Directors for the Class of 2018 will be selected and informed by this date.

IF SELECTED:

  • FELLOWSHIP LAUNCH: August 16, 2018
  • Between August 16 - September 16, 2018: FIRST FELLOWSHIP SESSION. Your Campus Hub meets for a MINIMUM of 2 hours, on a date you decide together.
  • Between September 17 - 31, 2018: Your Campus Hub meets for a MINIMUM of 2 hours, on a date you decide together.
  • Between October 1 - 16, 2018: Your Campus Hub meets for a MINIMUM of 2 hours, on a date you decide together.
  • Between October 17 - November 16, 2018: FINAL FELLOWSHIP SESSION. Your Campus Hub meets for a MINIMUM of 2 hours, on a date you decide together.
  • Mid-November, 2018: Virtual Global Graduation
  • December 1, 2018: Submit feedback forms to your Campus Directors by this date

+WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP?

Each Fellow is required to participate in a minimum of 8 hours of Fellowship Campus Sessions in order to graduate. Each Campus will decide together whether they choose to meet for four 2+ hour sessions, eight 1+ hour sessions, or more frequently.

Campus Directors will additionally be required to participate in 3 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.

+Where does the Millennium Fellowship take place?

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 mid-August to mid-November 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).

+WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO BECOME A MILLENNIUM FELLOW?

You must be at least 18 years old, enrolled in a college or university and in good standing for the duration of the program.

You make a commitment to convene at least four times during the Millennium Fellowship (for 2018, the program will run August-December) with your Campus Directors and other Fellows on your campus to share best practices and take collective action. If you miss sessions, this is grounds for expulsion and the forfeiture of your designation as a Millennium Fellow.

Note: We 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 we encourage you to share the program with other prospective Fellows on your campus and encourage them to apply as well.

+What if I am already in a student leadership role on my campus?

You should definitely apply to become a Millennium Fellow. We are looking for undergraduate leaders who have a track record of social impact and want to supporting your efforts to advance UN goals on campus and in community.

On many campuses around the world, there are already ample indepedent initiatives and chapters of national and global student networks advancing UN goals. The Millennium Fellowship serves as a network and campus hub - providing the curriculum and framework to connect the dots between and bolster student initiatives to advance UN goals on your campus and in your community.

CAMPUS DIRECTOR APPLICANTS

+What is the timeline for applying, and if selected, curating the Millennium Fellowship as a Campus Director?

CAMPUS DIRECTORS (this is a selective student leadership role - see below for position description):

  • 11:59 EST, April 30, 2018: Priority Campus Director Application Deadline
  • 11:59 EST, June 30, 2018: Next Campus Director Application Deadline - please note that Campus Directors applicants are STRONGLY recommended to apply as early as possible.
  • 11:59 EST, July 31st, 2018: Final Campus Director Application Deadline - please note that Campus Directors applicants are STRONGLY recommended to apply as early as possible.
  • July/August 2018: Campus Director Finalists are invited to round two. During this section, they will be asked to view and reflect on training content. Two students will be confirmed as Campus Directors for their Campus Hub.

IF SELECTED:

  • August 2018: Participate in one 2-hour Campus Director regional webinar training with Team MCN. Meet with your co-Director. Coordinate and hold one-on-one check-ins with Fellows at your Campus Hub by phone or in person to get to know those at your Campus Hub.
  • FELLOWSHIP LAUNCH: August 16, 2018
  • Between August 16 - September 16, 2018: FIRST FELLOWSHIP SESSION. Your Campus Hub meets for a MINIMUM of 2 hours, on a date you decide together.
  • Between September 17 - 31, 2018: Your Campus Hub meets for a MINIMUM of 2 hours, on a date you decide together.
  • Between October 1 - 16, 2018: Your Campus Hub meets for a MINIMUM of 2 hours, on a date you decide together.
  • Between October 17 - November 16, 2018: FINAL FELLOWSHIP SESSION. Your Campus Hub meets for a MINIMUM of 2 hours, on a date you decide together.
  • Mid-November, 2018: Virtual Global Graduation
  • December 8, 2018: Submit all feedback forms by this date

+WHO IS A CAMPUS DIRECTOR? SHOULD I APPLY?

Campus Directors are top Millennium Fellows -undergraduate students who are leading social change on their campuses - who have been selected to facilitate their Campus Hub. There are 2 Campus Directors per Campus. You apply for this leadership role as part of your Millennium Fellowship application, and commit to the following:

  • Being the primary point of contact for Fellows at their Campus Hub as well as for the MCN Fellowship management team, including regular communication.
  • 3 hours of training via webinar in the 2 weeks prior to the Fellowship launch.
  • Working with your Co-Director to arrange and hold one-to-one sessions with each of the Fellows who will be in their Campus Hub.
  • Working with your Co-Director, facilitate Fellowship sessions, including developing Goals and Objectives for your site, taking attendance, submitting documentation for your site, and ensuring that a final story and feedback forms are submitted.

Benefits:

  • One-to-one and small group mentorship from the MCN team, including both personal and Fellowship-based mentorship and networking opportunities to support your success in social impact. work.
  • Opportunities to connect with and learn from other top Campus Directors on campuses across the globe, building your global peer and professional network.
  • Additional recognition at completion of the Millennium Fellowship.

As we expand across the globe, we will look to you as thought partners in continuing to develop this program. You can help shape a leadership developent network that thousands of students around the world will benefit from.

ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION CRITERIA

+WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM?

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.

You make a commitment to convene at least four times during the Millennium Fellowship (for 2018, the program will run August-December) with your Campus Directors and other Fellows on your campus to share best practices and take collective action. If you miss sessions, this is grounds for expulsion and the forfeiture of your designation as a Millennium Fellow. Campus Directors have additional responsibilities as noted in FAQs section on "Campus Director Applicants."

Note: We 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 we encourage you to share the program with other prospective Fellows on your campus and encourage them to apply as well.

+What are we looking for in selecting Millennium Fellows?

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 2019 (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.

QUESTIONS ON FEES AND RESOURCES

+Is there a fee to apply to and/or participate in this program?

No. There is no registration fee to apply to or participate in this program. All admitted Millennium Fellows are supported in engaging on their respective campuses for the duration of the Fellowship. If someone attempts to charge you to apply to and/or participate in this program, please do not pay. Please report this immediately at contact@mcnpartners.org or by Facebook message.

+Can MCN and United Nations Academic Impact provide Fellows with funding, internships, jobs, or similar resources?

No. MCN has invested a decade into engaging and supporting undergraduate leaders strengthening their respective communities. While most undergraduate leaders ask for funding for their ventures and social sector jobs, MCN dug deeper - analyzing the root causes that if addressed can enable more undergraduate leaders to secure funding and career pathways for themselves. The three gaps identified were: lack of requisite training, connections, and recognition. The Millennium Fellowship exists to help provide undergraduate leaders with the community and platform to take concrete actions for UN goals and helps address these three gaps in the process.

+WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO BECOME A MILLENNIUM FELLOW?

You must be at least 18 years old, enrolled in a college or university and in good standing for the duration of the program.

You make a commitment to convene at least four times during the Millennium Fellowship (for 2018, the program will run August-December) with your Campus Directors and other Fellows on your campus to share best practices and take collective action. If you miss sessions, this is grounds for expulsion and the forfeiture of your designation as a Millennium Fellow.

Note: We 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 we encourage you to share the program with other prospective Fellows on your campus and encourage them to apply as well.

+What are we looking for in selecting Millennium Fellows?

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 2019 (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.

Inquiries from Academic Institutions

+I am a University President/Vice-Chancellor/administrator/staff/faculty member and want to have the Millennium Fellowship on our campus.

Thank you for your leadership and for recognizing the value of this opportunity for your students and community. A select number of campus hubs worldwide will be selected for the Millennium Fellowship in 2018 based on the number and caliber of student applications. The program will be offered at no cost to selected students and campus hubs. We invite you to take the following actions:

  • Reach out to students on your campus and encourage them to apply for the Millennium Fellowship as soon as possible (as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis - final deadline to apply is July 31st). You are seeking 8-20 Millennium Fellows for your campus, including two students to serve as Campus Directors. Other campuses have secured 20+ applicants by sending out one email to the full student body and following up with interested students. For a draft email and additional content to share, please see here.
  • When reaching out, offer concrete support that students can include in their applications. If applicants can note that they have concrete support of administration and faculty to help ensure success of the cohort, that is worth highlighting.
  • When students apply for the program, they are asked to provide a reference. Ensure your student leaders have strong references (from you or colleagues on campus). These must be received by July 31st.

If a cohort of Millennium Fellows is selected on your campus:

  • Be a resource/mentor for your cohort of Millennium Fellows.
  • Ensure your two Campus Directors (two Fellows chosen to curate the Fellowship on campus) know you and have your active support in the lead up to and during the Millennium Fellowship this August-December.

If you are a University President/Vice-Chancellor/administrator/faculty/staff member with additional questions, please reach out with subject line “Campus Inquiry” to contact@mcnpartners.org. Given your interest in supporting student leadership that advances UN goals, your institution is also encouraged to explore becoming a UNAI member.

+Our campus already has a leadership development program. Why should we encourage our student leaders to apply?

This program gives your students access to a global student network - as a Millennium Fellow, they can draw on expertise and form partnerships with peers and alumni from across the globe.

Your Campus Directors will also draw upon the MCN's Action Toolkit and core curriculum to help curate the Fellowship for students on campus. This experiential curriculum has been utilized by student leaders on multiple campuses since 2013.

Over time, the Millennium Fellowship as a brand will become a known entity to employers, funders, and academic institutions. This designation will give your students increased credibility, including a certificate in recognition of completion of students' Fellowship Projects from MCN and United Nations Academic Impact.

Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fontaine, who heads Global Initiatives and the Yunus Social Business Centre at Becker College shares: "The Millennium Fellowship is an amazing opportunity for our students; one that should not be missed during one's college experience! In fact, we think so highly of the program that we are considering making the fellowship a credit elective in our course curriculum if Becker College is selected for the program. At Becker, we encourage students to demonstrate empathy, to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset with divergent thinking, and to develop strong leadership and employable skills. The Millennium Fellowship gives students training and recognition for on-site, hands-on, real-world projects addressing society's greatest challenges. Plus...students get to network and to be well-positioned for the global, social sector. In just four days, we have had 17 students apply for the program!"

The Millennium Fellowship aims to be complementary, not competitive. If there is already a leadership development program on campus, we encourage you to let your program organizers know about this Fellowship. If your student leaders are selected to form a campus hub, existing campus programs are welcome to incorporate the Millennium Fellowship into their plans for 2018. If your academic institution has any questions on how to do this, you may contact us with subject line "Campus Inquiry" at contact@mcnpartners.org.

BACKGROUND ON THE PROGRAM AND ORGANIZATIONS

+Is this a real program?

Yes. This is a real leadership development program convening, challenging, and celebrating student leadership that advances the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and UNAI principles. There are many programs that falsely claim or exaggerate associations with United Nations entities. This is real: a partnership between Millennium Campus Network and United Nations Academic Impact that draws on a combined 17 years of experience to help elevate your leadership on campus and in community.

+Is English the only language I can apply in?

Yes. Due to current technical capacity, in 2018 you can only apply for the Millennium Fellowship in English.

+Where does the name “Millennium Fellowship” come from?

Millennium Campus Network (MCN) was founded in university dorm rooms in 2007. The network was built to help undergraduates advance the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals. From 2000-2015, the MDGs mobilized citizens and governments alike – and provided a framework for the Sustainable Development Goals to build upon for 2015-2030. The Millennium Fellowship was launched by MCN in 2013 – and bears the “Millennium” brand in recognition of when it began – and shares the brand with the youth-led NGO that began on a university campus a decade ago.

+What is MCN?

Millennium Campus Network (MCN), Inc., is a global student network committed to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. MCN programs convene, challenge, and celebrate student leadership for social impact. The network, celebrating its 10th anniversary, has directly worked with over 5,500 young leaders from 300 universities through its programs. 75% of MCN alumni are now in social impact careers; over half share MCN programs definitively prepared them for success. MCN Advisors include Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Paul Farmer, and John Legend. Millennium Campuses include Georgetown University, Brandeis University, and Lynn University. More on MCN at mcnpartners.org. MCN is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

+What is UNAI?

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) works with institutions of higher education and research around the world to further the realization of United Nations goals and objectives. It recognizes and cooperates with some 1,200 member institutions worldwide in promoting the values of the United Nations through research, relevant educational courses and campus activities. The United Nations General Assembly has invited “the academic, research and scientific communities to contribute to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and, in this regard, recognizes the important role of the United Nations Academic Impact, among other initiatives, and encourages the UNAI to play an important and growing role in fostering global citizenship, filling knowledge gaps and facilitating better understanding of the core principles and activities of the United Nations." More on UNAI at academicimpact.un.org.

GETTING IN TOUCH

+I have a question or idea to share regarding the Fellowship.

Please contact us at contact@mcnpartners.org or by Facebook message.

+I have a complaint to share regarding the program and/or Campus Directors.

You can share this feedback directly with MCN's executive leadership at our Global Headquarters. Please contact us at complaints@mcnpartners.org.