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IAJU Global Citizenship Fellows Program

Building a Culture of Encounter


Students participating in the Global Citizenship Curriculum Project of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) are eligible to apply for the Global Citizenship Fellows Program, which will bring 15 students from around the world to Rome for an in-person dialogue and study tour from June 2 through 8, 2024.

To be eligible, students must participate in a Global Student Dialogue and fill out the application form by December 10, 2023. (Students who have participated in a dialogue during the spring 2023 or fall 2023 semesters and will not have graduated before the application deadline are eligible to apply.). The selection committee, consisting of faculty, administrators, and former Global Citizenship Fellows, will contact finalists for Zoom interviews by December 15 and announce its decisions by January 15, 2024.

Selected fellows will meet several times on Zoom during the first half of 2024 to develop concrete ideas about advancing global citizenship across the global Jesuit network. In Rome, they will have an opportunity to continue their conversations, present their ideas, and take part in site visits at the Vatican and throughout the city. On their return, fellows will share their reflections about the experience on the project website. Please direct any questions about the fellows program to The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University is serving as a secretariat for the project.

The Global Citizenship Fellows Program first took place in the 2021-2022 academic year, with online dialogues culminating in an in-person meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, in August 2022 on the occasion of the IAJU assembly

Learn more about the 2021-2022 fellows and their program on the page below.

In his 2020 encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis calls on us "to rediscover our vocation as citizens of our respective nations and of the entire world, builders of a new social bond"; to "direct society to the pursuit of the common good"; and "to persevere in consolidating its political and social order." As a global network committed to advancing Pope Francis' vision, the IAJU is well-positioned to promote the idea and practice of global citizenship, through teaching, research, and service to the wider world.

The IAJU Task Force on Global Citizenship has taken the lead on developing a six-module curriculum and implementing a fellowship program, designed for undergraduate students, to advance the teaching of global citizenship across the network of more than 200 Jesuit colleges and universities worldwide. Thomas Banchoff (Georgetown University/Berkley Center) and David Kaulem (Arrupe Jesuit University) are co-chairs of the task force.

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Global Citizenship Fellows hailed from 19 Jesuit universities around the world. Fellows participated in monthly virtual discussions on themes concerning global citizenship, deepening their knowledge on a range of topics, including care for each other and our common home, economic and social rights, global governance and security, and more.

Over the course of the pilot year, fellows contributed written reflections on their experience, ending their fellowship year at the IAJU assembly in August 2022. Over several days, they had the opportunity to continue their dialogue in-person and to share their insights and experiences with other IAJU participants.

  • The Idea and Practice of Global Citizenship
  • Peace and the Challenge of Global Governance
  • The Economic and Social Dimensions of Global Citizenship
  • The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice
  • Global Citizenship and Care for Our Common Home
  • Global Citizenship and the Culture of Encounter


The Global Citizenship Fellows smile in a group photo at Boston College

August 18, 2022

Student Fellows Address Challenges of Global Citizenship

What does it mean to be a global citizen? How can young people make a positive difference in a world increasingly divided along national, religious, and social lines? In August 2022 students from around the world convened at the Assembly of the International Association of Jesuit Universities, held at Boston College, to explore these questions.

Global Citizenship Fellows

This map highlights the 16 countries of the 2021-22 Global Citizenship Fellows. Learn more about the fellows by clicking on each highlighted country.


August 4, 2022

Global Citizenship | IAJU Assembly 2022 video

Duration: 9 minutes

August 4, 2022

IAJU 2022 Assembly, Thurs. Agu. 4 - Jesuit Universities and the formation of Global Citizens video

Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes

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