United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship 2023

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Applications are open for the United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship 2023. The Local Pathways Fellowship (LPF) programme was launched by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth) with the mission to empower and equip young urban leaders from cities across the world with the knowledge, resources, and platform they need to advance progress on Sustainable Development Goal 11.

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

Roles and Responsibilities

The LPF is a 10-month programme that takes fellows on a journey of charting pathways for ‘localizing’ SDG 11. The programme of activities has monthly deliverables that revolve around:

  • Learning about the major challenges currently faced by urban areas around the world and the extraordinary potential of these areas to enable change in the future. From infrastructure to culture to economic opportunity, learn how harnessing the power of urban development for global progress is imperative.
  • Channeling the ideas and knowledge they acquire into the development of a project that addresses challenges pertinent to their city and area of interest; this will be the main outcome and deliverable of the Fellowship.
  • Connecting with the peer-to-peer network of 253 fellows from 170 different cities across 78 countries. This grants fellows the opportunity to exchange knowledge, share resources, and build solutions with urban leaders from across the world.
  • Gaining insight and mentorship from experts from the industry through the LPF webinar series.


  • The fellows will benefit from global visibility and exposure as champions for sustainable urban development, numerous opportunities to develop their expertise, as well as access to a vast network of SDG professionals and advocates.
  • Being part of SDSN Youth and the Local Pathways Fellowship enables you to be at the forefront of efforts taken by the United Nations, governments, companies, and civil society in developing and leading a global movement for sustainable development and enables you to make an impact.
  • Being part of a movement of young people, who are committed to sustainable development and are being equipped with the necessary skills and tools to overcome key challenges and meaningfully contribute to the achievement of SDGs in communities.
  • SDSN Youth and the Local Pathways Fellowship enables you to build professional and personal relationships with high-level stakeholders in civil society, business, government, and the United Nations.
  • By joining the Local Pathways Fellowship, you will be part of a diverse and exceptional group of fellows with a variety of cultural, religious, and political backgrounds, committed to sustainable development.
  • The relationships you develop through SDSN Youth and the Local Pathways Fellowship could serve as a foundation for your future endeavors.
  • Supported by UN SDSN global team of experts, you will progress rapidly in a challenging but flexible, fulfilling, and meaningful environment.
  • You may be selected to attend and/or speak at events.
  • Your experiences will become central to the program’s efforts and legacy.


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

  • An interest in sustainable development, be passionate about the mission of the SDSN including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Strong knowledge in urban planning, urban environment, urban sustainability, urban tech, development practice, community engagement, advocacy, or related fields.
  • Professional or academic experience in urban planning, urban environment, urban sustainability, urban tech, development practice, community engagement, advocacy or related fields or similar fields would be considered a strong asset.
  • Responsive and be able to manage regular communication with the team across different time zones.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Proven to be a team player with good interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate develop projects and be problem solvers.
  • Excellent command of the English language including writing, speaking, listening and the local language of the cities they represent.
  • Demonstrate that they have the time and resources to commit as well as having Consistent and stable internet connection.
  • Aged between 18-30 in order to be eligible for this role.


  • The Local Pathways Fellowship is a 10-month position that requires 5-7 hours per week.


  • Duration of Position: This position requires a minimum commitment of 10 months, with a 2-month probation period.
  • Supervision: This position is supervised by the Project Lead of Local Pathways Fellowship Programme.
  • Compensation: This position is voluntary.
  • Training: All fellows are required to complete all SDSN Youth online induction courses, including team training.


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For more information, visit Local Pathways Fellowship.