Apply to be a GGF Fellow

Deadline is November 19, 2017

The Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues program (GGF) is bringing together exceptional young professionals from different professional sectors – academia, civil society, government, NGOs, private sector, etc. – to look ahead to the year 2030 and think of ways to better address key global challenges. Building on previous rounds of the program, the next round – GGF 2030 – will assemble 27 fellows from Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, and the United States (three from each country) to form three working groups that focus on the futures of global order, of global migration and refugee crises, and the role of cities in global governance.

Over the course of 2018 and 2019, the fellows will meet in four dialogue sessions. They will engage in challenging discussions within and across their working groups. They will meet with leading experts, policymakers, and business leaders in each host country, receive training in the GGF foresight methodology, produce scenarios for their working group topics, and engage in thinking what can be done to address key global challenges. The GGF fellows will engage in communication within and across different countries and professional sectors with the aim to come up with better policy options for their respective countries and organizations. The GGF fellows will disseminate the results of their working group sessions through a series of GGF products, including presentations, essays, commentaries, podcasts, and online interviews.

The four dialogue sessions (five to eight days each) will take place in Washington, DC (May 13 – 17, 2018), New Delhi (September 9 - 13, 2018), São Paulo (January 2019) and Paris-Berlin (May/June 2019). The exact dates will be determined closer to the sessions.

Application Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, or the US.
  • Have at least three years of professional experience. Visit the GGF alumni page to view the profiles of our past fellows.
  • Demonstrate a strong interest to contribute to addressing global challenges.
  • Be ready to engage with the growing GGF alumni community and to promote GGF beyond the GGF 2030 round.
  • Have a track record of making an impact in their community, organization or company.
  • Have outstanding academic qualifications and an excellent command of English (both spoken and written).
  • Be ready to produce GGF outputs (including podcasts, essays, commentaries, online interviews) and to engage in outreach activities for GGF throughout the program and thereafter.
  • Be able to attend all four GGF dialogue sessions. Successful candidates will be asked to sign a letter of agreement confirming their attendance at all four sessions. They will also be asked to present written confirmation from their employer agreeing to the time commitment needed to participate in GGF.
  • All fellows are expected to contribute an average of eight hours between each session to advance the writing of the final working group essay.

Application Process

Your completed GGF 2030 application package should be sent to Please send your application package as a single PDF document and in the order of the list below. The deadline for submitting your application is midnight Pacific Time on November 19, 2017.

Your application package must include:

(1) Maximum two-page CV containing the following:

  • Personal details: Include your name, address, telephone, mobile numbers, email address/es), date of birth, and nationality.
  • Education and qualifications: Only as far back as your undergraduate degree and in reverse chronological order with some details about your qualifications.
  • Scholarships, fellowships, awards/prizes
  • Work experience: This should include your current organization, position, and responsibilities, previous jobs, internships, and voluntary work. Please indicate the start and end date for your work.
  • Trainings, extracurricular activities, language skills and proficiency 
  • Referee(s): Maximum two referees should be included. Please specify who will provide your letter(s) of recommendation. One letter of recommendation from your current employer is encouraged.

(2) Letter of motivation (maximum 600 words). Consider the following questions in your letter:

  • What will you contribute to the GGF program and what do you want to get out of this experience?
  • What is/are the biggest challenge(s) that need to be addressed in your working group’s topic?
  • What makes you the right candidate for the GGF program?

In the letter, please also tell us how you heard about GGF.

(3) Letter of recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation (maximum two), either professional or academic. Letter(s) of recommendation can be sent along with your application form, or ask your referee to send it directly to the email address above.

(3) Confirmation letter from your employer supporting your participation in all four sessions of the GGF 2030 round.

Interested applicants (and their employers) are welcome to send questions to Please have a look at the frequently asked questions before getting in touch.

The selection process will be conducted by the Global Public Policy Institute in close consultation with program partners. Select candidates will be invited to a telephone interview between late November and early December 2017. The applications of short-listed candidates will be sent to the GGF steering committee for final selection. The selection process will be concluded and candidates will be notified by late January 2018.

Please note that the GGF team is unable to discuss the applications of unsuccessful candidates.

Travel, accommodation and meals directly related to the GGF program will be covered for successful candidates who accept the GGF offer. Each fellow will have to pay a one-time participation fee of €260, to be deducted from their travel reimbursement.

GGF 2030 Topics

Futures of Global Order

Global power structures are changing. Countries like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and South Africa have transformed into important poles of economic growth, technological innovation and political power. A new international development agenda is being spearheaded through the creation of new global financial institutions, including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, boasting the support of nearly all major Asia-Pacific and European powers. Today Mumbai, Beijing, and Tokyo are among the world’s leading centers for innovation and venture capital, and China, Brazil, India are at the forefront of efforts to shift to renewable energy sources. In the security sphere, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Chinese territorial claims challenge the principals, norms, and values that undergird the common rules observed by the post-1945 world order. At the same time, the West is accused of being arrogant and hypocritical – championing democracy, rule of law, and human rights, while at times acting from opposite positions in the international arena. Will these developments foster rival blocs with competing values and norms? Are we witnessing the creation of parallel world orders? How will this affect our common approach to international development and collective security? And how can we harness these developments in order to collectively combat global challenges?

The Role of Cities in Global Governance

In the fight against global challenges we typically turn to politicians and diplomats for leadership. But cities, and their mayors and civil society groups, also play a crucial role in shaping economic, environmental and social policies worldwide. In the coming decades urban populations worldwide are set to double to more than six billion people, meaning that two in every three people on earth will be living in a city by 2050. In recent years, cities have become a key hinge for effective response to important challenges and making up for national actors on the international stage. From issues like climate change and energy security, to developing smart cities, addressing health challenges and tackling organized crime, cities and their inhabitants are having a catalytic influence on global governance. Will we see cities across the world increasingly implement agreements that national governments fail to do? What will cities, mayors and civil society groups need to jointly advocate and lead policy changes? How can we better integrate cities into global governance structures and processes to tackle the local and global challenges?

Global Migration and Refugee Crises

Global migration has reached an unprecedented scale. Millions of people cross borders every year in search of new opportunities, carrying with them enormous potential to contribute to economic development, address demographic challenges, and foster global interconnectedness. But global migration also carries pressing challenges. Many migrants undertake perilous journeys only to be exploited or face deportation. Women and children are illegally trafficked across international borders and sold into slavery. Even legal migrants are facing a rising tide of xenophobic backlash. Global refugee numbers are continuously rising as civil wars and conflicts rage on. Climate disasters and changing environment will further cause the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.  So far, the response of the international community to these challenges has been fragmented and ineffectual. What would an effective system for governing global migration look like? Can we create a system for better distribution and regulation of refugee flows? How can we address xenophobia and growing radicalization in recipient countries? How can we better protect the rights of refugees? And what are better ways of tackling the root causes of displacement?