2022 Global Citizen Scholarships at University of Bordeaux – France

The Ban Ki-moon Centre is selecting 15 young African global citizen leaders for the program who are passionate about taking action for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The selected scholars will receive a 500€ seed grant to support their project and will receive project management training and guidance throughout the project proposal and implementation process.

The University of Bordeaux (French: Université de Bordeaux) was founded in 1441 in France. The university is part of the Community of universities and higher education institutions of Aquitaine. It is one of the two universities in Bordeaux, with Bordeaux Montaigne University.

A first university during Roman Antiquity

In 286, a university had been created by the Romans. At this time, the city was an important administrative centre and the school had to train administrators. Only rhetoric and grammar were taught (including the study of classical texts). Ausonius and Sulpicius Severus were the two most famous teachers.


The modern university

The original Université de Bordeaux was established by the papal bull of Pope Eugene IV on 7 June 1441 when Bordeaux was an English town. The initiative for the creation of the university is attributed to Archbishop Pey Berland. It was originally composed of four faculties: arts, medicine, law, and theology. The law faculty later split into faculties of civil law and canon law. A professorship in mathematics was founded in 1591 by Bishop François de Foix, son of Gaston de Foix, Earl of Kendal. Irish clerical students at the Irish College in Bordeaux (1603-1793) would have had degrees awarded by the University.


In 1793, during the French Revolution, the National Convention abolished the university, and replaced it with the École centrale in 1796. In Bordeaux, this one was located in the former buildings of the College of Guyenne. Due to the lack of moral and religious teaching, and the revolutionary inclination of the École centrale, Napoleon reestablished the university in 1808.

Application Deadline: April 3, 2022, at 11 PM CET.


Eligible Countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Morocco


Type: Master


Value of Award: 500€ and other expenses


Number of Awards: 15




  • Applicants must be 25-30 years of age.
  • Applicants must be a graduate or doctoral/post-doctoral students OR be recent graduates of a master’s level degree or higher.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong dedication to the SDGs (particularly SDG 11) and the ideals of global citizenship.
  • Applicants must provide evidence that they may otherwise not have access to such an opportunity.
  • Applicants must provide proof of a minimum English level B2 (European Standards)

How to Apply: Applicants can apply for admission via the university portal. To apply for this scholarship, students must submit the following documents to scholars@bankimooncentre.org.


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