Youth Fellows Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Desmond Tutu Center Youth Fellow. Click below to begin your application process. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications are due no later than November 1st, 2016.

*Please note, you will be notified via the contact information you provided in your application if you are selected. Make sure the contact information is valid and clear.

Who can apply: 

  • Youth ages 16-21 years of age
  • Youth with an existing project or a new idea on achieving social change
  • Youth from low-income families
  • Youth who are South African Citizens
  • Youth who can commit to implementing their project in their South African community during 2017-2018.

How to apply: 

  • Fill out the Youth Fellow Application form
  • Answer the essay question at the end of the application in 600 words or less
  • If you are 18 or older, sign and date the signature form
  • If you are under 18, have your parent or legal guardian complete and sign the signature form
  • Submit your application using either the electronic portal on our website or mail your application to the following address: Desmond Tutu Center c/o The Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Tentative Timeline for the 2017-2018 South African Youth Fellowship

Fellows are expected to attend meet-ups and informational sessions as well as planning and implementing a project during 2017-2018.

  • Applications Open July-November 1, 2016
  • Virtual Interviews and Youth Fellow Awards December 2016
  • Visa and Important Document Preparation December-January 2017
  • Open House Visit January 2017
  • Travel Arrangements Preparation February 2017
  • Virtual Meet-up March 2017
  • Virtual Meet-up April 2017
  • Virtual Meet-up June 2017
  • Educational Tour to United States- July 2017
  • Virtual Debrief Session August 2017
  • Project Planning and Implementation August- July 2018
  • Virtual Meet-Up December 2017
  • Meetings with Mentor to assist with project August-July 2017
  • March Virtual Meet-up April 2018
  • Virtual Meet-up June 2018
  • Project Symposium July 2018

South African Youth Fellow Application

Some of the following questions are required by United States Authorities. We appreciate your time in completing the application.
  • Essay Portion

Thank you for your interest in the Youth Fellows Initiative! If you have any questions, email us at

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