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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 have 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 will culminate 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 Civic and Political Leadership Formation Working Group 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 working group.

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Global Citizenship Fellows hail from 19 Jesuit universities around the world. Fellows participate 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 will contribute written reflections on their experience, ending their fellowship year at the IAJU assembly in August 2022. Over several days, they will have 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

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.

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