United Nations Academic Impact and MCN have a combined 17 years of experience engaging undergraduate leaders and higher education for social good. More than 5,500 young leaders from 300 universities have already participated in MCN programs to date. MCN launched the Millennium Fellowship in 2013 to convene, challenge, and celebrate student leadership for social impact. MCN and United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) have partnered to take the Millennium Fellowship to the next level in 2018. Student leaders worldwide were invited to join an extraordinary community of young leaders advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in their respective communities. Notably, 75% of MCN alumni go on to work in social impact careers in the public and private sectors.
About the Class of 2018
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations. 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 530 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year. The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year. Other statistics of note:
The Class of 2018 is 58% female
32% of the Class is first-generation university students
Campus hubs have been selected in every region of the globe
Fellows are collectively advancing every Sustainable Development Goal (most frequently listed: SDG 4 - quality education) and every United Nations Academic Impact Principle (most frequently listed: UNAI Principle 9 - sustainability).
Millennium Fellows have been selected from a range of academic institutions - large and small, public and private - affirming the fact that there are student leaders in every community committed to localizing the SDGs and strengthening communities.