Melton Opportunities

When Melton Fellows participate in events of global significance, they return with new ideas, solutions, and partnerships to address global challenges. At the same time, through their participation, they help promote the concept of global citizenship and build a larger community. To enable this, Melton Opportunities was created. They provide incentives to expose Fellows to new ideas, expand their networks, and act as global citizens.

Melton Opportunities are grants that support Fellows’ participation in high profile international summits, as well as local conferences and workshops around a wide variety of topics of global relevance that Fellows are passionate about, personally or professionally. 

Melton Opportunities will be announces as they emerge - stay tuned!

Upcoming Opportunities

What: SDG Solution Academy at the 3rd African Youth SDGs Summit
Where: Accra, Ghana
When: 1-5 July 2020
Applications by: 15 March 2020 (extended deadline)

Under the theme Unleashing the Full Potential of Youth to Deliver the SDGs in the Next Decade, the 3rd African Youth SDGs Summit coincides with the 5-year journey milestone of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adoption - and it will present a critical point of reflection / turning point towards unleashing the full potential of the youth to deliver the SDGs in the next decade. Launched in 2017, the Summit has evolved to become an important multi-stakeholder platform for the youth, national governments, UN entities, local and international organizations and the private sector. This 3rd iteration of the summit aspires to convene 1000+ young leaders, SDG advocates, students, government officials, development practitioners and world leaders for 3-days of constructive dialogues, debates, awards, networking and exchange of knowledge towards attaining the SDG target by 2030.

Being a long-term content partner to the summit organizers, the Melton Foundation (MF) has been invited to host the SDG Solution Academy at 3rd African Youth SDGs Summit. An integral part of the summit, the SDG Solution Academy consists of different capacity building workshops that equip summit participants with key-competencies to further their impact in the SDG space.

With this Melton Opportunity, we support up to six Melton Fellows to contribute to the SDG Solution Academy by bringing their experience, know-how and passion for experiential learning and collaborative solutions to Accra this July.

CLICK HERE for details and to apply.


Past Opportunities

What: Samagra - A Conference on Technology, Sustainability & Social Innovation
Where: BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore, India
When: 4-5 November 2017
Applications by: 28 August 2017

Inspired by the confluence of Technology, Sustainability and Social Innovation, and the prominence of all three elements in a potential change-maker's life, Samagra marked a two-day conference that exposed young change-makers to novel ideas and empowered them to “INNOVATE, INTEGRATE, COLLABORATE” - the theme of the event.

With this Melton Opportunity, we supported Melton Fellows to contribute to Samagra 2017 by bringing their experience, know-how and passion for collaborative solutions that embrace the ideas of sustainability and technology with innovation at its crux to Bangalore this November.

What: Introduction to Participatory Design
Where: Online Course by MIT's Practical Impact Alliance (PIA)
When: 11 September - 20 October 2017
Applications by: 30 July 2017

This six-week online course built on MIT D-Lab’s noted expertise in the field of collaborative design. The online course explored types of participatory design in detail and introduced a step-by-step process to engage Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) stakeholders in co-design.

As a founding member of the Practical Impact Alliance (PIA), the Melton Foundation endorsed suited Melton Fellows to participate in this online course at zero cost.

What: d.confestival
Where: HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam, Germany
When: 14 - 16 September 2017
Applications by: 3 July 2017

The d.confestival is a unique event and the destination for multidisciplinary thinkers to collaboratively impact the future of Design Thinking in the fields of management, learning and research.

With this Melton Opportunity, we supported Melton Fellows to join the d.confestival at HPI School of Design Thinking, one of the Melton Foundation’s impact partners.

What: Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University 2017
Where: Northeastern University in Boston (MA)
When: 13 - 15 October 2017
Applications by: 10 May 2017

CGI University (CGI U) is a growing network of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. 

With this Melton Opportunity, we supported Melton Fellows to attend the 2017 CGI U Meeting in order to grow their networks, build skills, and put their global citizenship skills into action by developing effective solutions to some of world’s most pressing challenges.

What: PIA Co-Design Summit
Where: Kafue & Naboye, Zambia
When: 30 October – 5 November 2016
Applications by: 16 September 2016

The PIA Co-Design Summit converges MIT D-Lab’s noted expertise in collaborative design at community level. The 2016 summit was co-hosted by World Vision and the National Technology and Business Centre (NTBC). Melton Fellows were invited to participate in this Co-Design Summit and help forge collaborative solutions to key challenges on the ground.

With this Melton Opportunity, we supported Melton Fellows to gain experience with co-design and participatory research contributing with their know-how and expertice.

What: Web of Change 2016
Where: Big Sur, California, USA
When: 28 November - 2 December 2016
Applications by: 16 September 2016

The Web of Change annual conference brings together the foremost thinkers and doers in social media, digital strategy and social change.

With this Melton Opportunity, we supported Melton Fellows to share about cutting edge tools with leaders, strategists and campaigners and help push the frontiers of technology and social change further at this conference and beyond.

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