The Local Pathways Fellowship

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The 2020 cohort of the Local Pathways Fellowship will bring together a network of 100 young thought leaders, 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”. The deadline is on 15 December 2019.

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 globally adopted goals and targets, exchange knowledge and ideas, and work to engage local stakeholders in a dialogue around pathways towards a better future for their fellow citizens.

The Local Pathways Fellowship is unpaid. The fellows will benefit from global visibility and exposure as champions for sustainable urban development, numerous opportunities to develop their expertise, as well as access to a vast network of SDG professionals and advocates.

Main criteria

  • Candidates must be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application (exceptions may apply);
  • Candidates must be based in the same city throughout the entire duration of the Fellowship (January through November 2020). Applicants must be fluent in English and the local language of the cities they represent.

Commitment of at least 5-7 hours each week on average is required. A minimum of one year of professional or academic experience in development practice, urban planning, community engagement and advocacy, or similar is essential.

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