United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship

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. 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. 

Training and support for assignment development is offered by the Leadership Team.

 UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellows will be required to attend a kick-off meeting and three additional meetings throughout the summer: 

  • Wednesday, June 12, 10:00am-1:00pm (Kick-off Meeting) 
  • Wednesday, June 26, 10:00am-1:00pm     
  • Wednesday, July 10, 10:00am-1:00pm     
  • Wednesday, August 14, 10:00am-1:00pm (Final Meeting) 

Successful applicants will receive $500 in professional development funding from KPU Open Education.  

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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. 

Explore the image below by clicking on the “+” icons for basic introductions to each goal. To see a larger view, click on the “expand image” icon in the top right corner of the image.

Learn more about the goals


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). 

The Application Process 

Application period: March 1-31.

  1. Review grant eligibility, criteria, and application questions. 
  2. Inform the Dean of your department or program that they will be contacted by Open Education to endorse your application.
  3. Complete all sections of the application form (also embedded below). 
  4. Once your application has been submitted, you will be notified of the results.