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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship


UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship applications are currently CLOSED.

This global award-winning fellowship provides faculty with an opportunity to work with their colleagues and students to impact change through open pedagogy and community engagement. This fellowship is designed to assist faculty with creating renewable assignments (all of which will carry a Creative Commons license) to help students become agents of change in their own communities. 

The conceptual framework for this fellowship is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which is a set of 17 goals that address a wide range of social issues such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and peace and justice. The SDGs are designed to achieve and maintain social justice and a sustainable future, with a target of the year 2030 set for the attainment of each goal. 

How it works

This is an international partnership in which faculty work in interdisciplinary teams across institutions to maximize global impact. Successful applicants from participating institutions will be assembled into 10 teams of 2-4 people based on compatible goals. 

Training and support is offered from Open Education and Teaching and Learning. Open Pedagogy Fellows will be required to attend a kick-off meeting and three additional meetings throughout the summer: 

  • Thursday, June 16, 10:00am-1:00pm (Kick-off Meeting) 
  • Thursday, June 23, 10:00am-1:00pm     
  • Thursday, June 30, 10:00am-1:00pm     
  • Thursday, August 4, 10:00am-1:00pm 

Successful applicants will receive $500 in professional development funding.  

Each fellowship team is expected to design three renewable assignments over the summer, at least two of which are expected to be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team in the Fall Semester. Faculty are expected to present on their proposed assignments prior to their deployment.  A student showcase takes place during the Spring Semester in which a select number of students will present on how they improved their communities and achieved global justice through the UN SDG framework. 

See examples of past assignments.

Before You Apply 


What are the Sustainable Development Goals? 

UNICEF has identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals to accelerate progress in critical areas such as child survival, education, and safe water, setting ambitious targets. The 17 goals are: 

  • No Poverty 
  • Zero Hunger 
  • Good Health and Well-Being 
  • Quality Education 
  • Gender Equality 
  • Clean Water and Sanitation 
  • Affordable and Clean Energy 
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth 
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure 
  • Reduced Inequalities 
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities 
  • Responsible Consumption and Production 
  • Climate Action 
  • Life below Water 
  • Life on Land 
  • Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions 
  • Partnerships for the Goals 

Learn more about each goal.

Expectations of a UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellow 

  • Attend 4 virtual meetings throughout the summer which are designed to provide training and support from the leadership team. 
  • With your team, design three renewable assignments. 
  • Deploy a minimum of two of the assignments designed in the Fall semester. 
  • Deliver two presentations on your assignments: one before deployment, and one after deployment (with students from your course). 


Application Process 

  1. Review grant eligibility, criteria, and application questions. 
  2. Complete all sections of the application form. 
  3. Inform the Dean of your department or program that they will be contacted by Open Education to endorse your application. All parts of your application will be shared with the Dean of your department or program.     
  4. Submit your application. Faculty will be notified of acceptance into the fellowship.