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IAJU Global Citizenship Fellows Program

Building a Culture of Encounter


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."

In response to the papal call for global solidarity, the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University launched a year-long fellowship for students around the world to connect with and learn from one another as they examine critical aspects of what it means to be a global citizen. The fellowship culminated in their participation at the IAJU assembly at Boston College in August 2022.

Learn more about the program’s origin, features, curriculum, and inaugural cohort of Global Citizenship Fellows below.

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 in which the Global Citizenship Fellows are studying. 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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