SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship 2023

Deadline: February 1st, 2023

Deadline: February 1st, 2023

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative is recruiting its 2023 cohort of the Local Pathways Fellowship. Submit straight away!

The Local Pathways Fellowship aims to connect young leaders with top development practitioners and experts while giving them a platform and a framework for action:

  • assist them in planning their current and future projects and provide guidance as they gain understanding of the issues affecting local sustainable development;
  • Give them a plan for interacting with neighborhood stakeholders;
  • encourage the sharing and learning of urban solutions;
  • Help them become champions for conversation and problem-solving for sustainable development on a local level.

The fellows will embark on a 10-month journey during which they will investigate methods for “localizing” the internationally agreed-upon goals and targets, exchange information and concepts, and try to involve local stakeholders in a discussion about ways to improve the futures of their fellow citizens.

To advance local dialogue, collaboration, and problem-solving around the Sustainable Development Goals and to make cities and urban settlements “smart, fair, and sustainable,” the Local Pathways Fellowship’s 2023 cohort will bring together a network of 100 young thought leaders, urban planners, sustainability advocates, researchers, and innovators from 100 different cities around the world.


  • Unpaid is the Local Pathways Fellowship.
  • The fellows will gain from having access to a sizable network of SDG professionals and activists as well as visibility and exposure on a worldwide scale as advocates for sustainable urban development.

In order to be selected as a Local Pathways Fellow, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application (exceptions may apply);
  • One must be based in the same city throughout the entire duration of the Fellowship (February through November 2021);
  • Applicant must be fluent in English and the local language of the cities they represent;
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to and a solid understanding of the concept of sustainable development;
  • One must be able to commit the minimum of 5-7 hours each week on average;
  • Applicant must have a stable internet connection;
  • A minimum of one year of professional or academic experience in development practice, urban planning, community engagement and advocacy, or similar;
  • A demonstrated background in research, development practice, advocacy or similar fields would be considered a strong asset.
  • Candidates representing any city and country in the world encouraged to apply, however SDSN Youth will make efforts to ensure diversity of regional representation among the fellows.

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