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United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship 2020

United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship 2020

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Application is now for United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship 2020. The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth) announced the launch of the call for applications for the 2020 cohort of its Local Pathways Fellowship program. The Fellowship is one of the world’s leading training and research programs on SDG11 for young urban leaders.

The Local Pathways Fellowship is an initiative of SDSN Youth, the global youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). SDSN Youth’s mission is to empower young people globally to create sustainable solutions. Through the Local Pathways Fellowships, SDSN Youth aims to amplify the tremendous energy of youths in materializing the SDGs.

The 2020 cohort of the Local Pathways Fellowship will bring together a network of 100 young thought leaders. Especially, from urban planners, sustainability advocates, researchers and innovators from 100 different cities across the world to advance local dialogue, collaboration and problem-solving around the Sustainable Development Goals and to make cities and urban settlements “smart, fair and sustainable”. This year, Fellowship has redesigned its curriculum to help fellows develop skills that will be in high demand in 2020.

Youth Local Pathways Fellowship Details

The Local Pathways Fellowship seeks to provide young leaders with a platform, a guiding framework for action, and connect them with leading development experts and practitioners:

  • Guide and inform their work around their existing and future projects, and help them develop insights about local sustainable development challenges;

  • Provide them with a framework for engagement with local stakeholders;

  • Facilitate mutual learning and exchange of urban solutions;

  • Support them in becoming local advocates that promote and advocate for dialogue and problem solving for sustainable development.

The fellows will take on a 10-month journey throughout which they will explore pathways for “localizing” the global goals. Also, they will exchange knowledge and ideas and work to engage local stakeholders in a dialogue around pathways.


  • The Local Pathways Fellowship is unpaid. The fellows will benefit from global visibility and exposure as champions for sustainable urban development. Also, from numerous opportunities to develop their expertise, as well as access to a vast network of SDG professionals and advocates.
  • Being part of SDSN Youth and the Local Pathways Fellowship enables you to be at the forefront of efforts taken by the United Nations, governments, companies and civil society in developing and leading a global movement for sustainable development and enables to make an impact.
  • We are creating a movement of young people, who are committed to sustainable development and are being equipped with the necessary skills and tools to overcome key challenges and meaningfully contribute to the achievement of SDGs in communities.


In order to be selected as a Local Pathways Fellow, applicants must meet the following criteria. Candidates must be:

  • between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application (exceptions may apply);

  • based in the same city throughout the entire duration of the Fellowship (January through November 2020);

  • fluent in English and the local language of the cities they represent;

  • demonstrate a commitment to and a solid understanding of the concept of sustainable development;

  • able to commit the minimum of 5-7 hours each week on average;

  • have a stable internet connection;

  • a minimum of one year of professional or academic experience in development practice, urban planning, community engagement, and advocacy, or similar;

  • a demonstrated background in research, development practice, advocacy or similar fields would be considered a strong asset.

Application Process

All applicants must submit the online application form. Also, they need to submit a resume and a cover letter.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline15 December,2020
Open toAll Nationalities



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