Apply to be a GGF Fellow

Deadline is 23:59 Pacific Time on October 8, 2019

The Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues program (GGF) brings together exceptional young professionals from different sectors – such as academia, civil society, government, NGOs, and the private sector – to look ahead to the year 2035 and think of ways to address key global challenges. Building on previous rounds of the program, the next round – GGF 2035 – will assemble 27 fellows from Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, and the United States (three from each country). The GGF 2035 fellows will form three working groups that will focus on the global futures of climate-related conflict, media and information, and the politics of inequality, respectively.

Over the course of 2020 and 2021, the fellows will convene for three dialogue sessions to engage in challenging discussions in and across their working groups. In each host country, they will meet with leading experts, policymakers and business leaders, receive training in the GGF foresight methodology, craft scenarios for their respective working group topics, and think about concrete ways to address key global challenges. They will also aim to come up with better policy options for their individual countries and organizations. At the end of their journey, the GGF fellows will disseminate the results of their working group sessions through presentations, essays, commentaries, podcasts, and interviews.

The three dialogue sessions will take place in Washington, DC (May 4–8, 2020), São Paulo (January 17–22, 2021) and Berlin (April 18–21, 2021). The final session in Berlin will be followed by the GGF alumni reunion (April 22–23, 2021).

Application Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, or the United States;
  • Be between the ages of 27–35 on October 8, 2019;
  • Have at least three years of professional experience;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in contributing to addressing global challenges;
  • Be ready to engage with the growing GGF alumni community;
  • 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 several GGF outputs (including a collaborative working group product as well as podcasts, commentaries and interviews), and to engage in outreach activities for GGF throughout the program (all fellows are expected to contribute an average of eight hours between each session to advance the collective product of their working group);
  • Be able to attend all three GGF dialogue sessions and the alumni reunion.

Application Process

Applicants must apply specifically for one of the three GGF 2035 working group, focusing on either the global futures of climate-related conflict, media and information, or the politics of inequality. For more information about the topics, please visit this page.

Please send your completed GGF 2035 application package via email to ggfutures@gppi.net. Your application package should be sent in one single PDF document and in the order of the list below. The deadline for submitting your application is 23:59 Pacific Time on October 8, 2019. To be considered, all four elements must be submitted by this deadline.

Your application package must include:

(1) A CV (of maximum two pages in length) containing the following:

  • Personal details: your name, telephone and/or mobile number, email address/es, date of birth, and nationality;
  • Details about your education and qualifications reaching only as far back as your undergraduate degree and in reverse chronological order;
  • Information about relevant scholarships, fellowships, and/or awards or prizes which you have received;
  • Details about your work experience, including your current employer, position and responsibilities as well as previous jobs, internships, and relevant voluntary work (please indicate the start and end dates for each position);
  • Information about relevant trainings, extracurricular activities, and your language skills and proficiency;
  • The names and contact details of a maximum of two referees (please specify who will provide your letter/s of recommendation; one letter of recommendation from your current employer is encouraged).

(2) A short essay (maximum one page, font Times New Roman, size 12 pt) on the following prompt:

  • When thinking about the world in 2035, what are your major concerns and hopes for the working group topic that you are applying for? Who should do what to make sure we mitigate the negative developments you foresee and promote the positive developments you envision?

Please select only one working group topic. Applications for more than one topic will not be considered.

(3) At least one letter of recommendation (and a maximum of two), either professional or academic. One letter of recommendation from your current employer is encouraged. Letter/s of recommendation can be sent along with your application form. Alternatively, you may ask your referee to send it directly to the email address above.

(4) A letter from your employer supporting your participation in all sessions of the GGF 2035 program and confirming their consent for you to do so.

Interested applicants and their employers are welcome to send questions to ggfutures@gppi.net. However, we strongly encourage you to have a look at the frequently asked questions before getting in touch. Please do not call GPPi to inquire about the program or your application.

The selection process will be conducted by the Global Public Policy Institute in close consultation with our program partners. Selected candidates will be invited for a telephone interview, which will take place between mid-October and early November 2019. Short-listed candidates’ applications will be sent to the GGF steering committee, whose members will make the final selection. The selection process will be concluded and candidates will be notified by mid-December 2019.

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 fellowship. Fellows pay a one-time participation fee of €260, which will be deducted from their travel reimbursement.