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Global Citizenship Programme & Scholarship

The Global Citizenship Programme & Scholarships (GCP) were set up to build a strong academic community and scholarly programme at Ustinov College; to foster critical literacy, intercultural communication and interdisciplinarity; and to provide a space for ongoing exploration of global citizenship in theory and practice.

The Programme offers leadership roles and accommodation awards for full-time postgraduate students, who are able to advance their research through community engagement and acquire a set of transferable skills both for academic and non-academic fields.

The GCP incorporates three main streams which encompass a wide range of activities:

Intellectual & Global Curiosity

  • Café Scientifique
  • Café Politique
  • Café des Arts
  • Ustinov Seminar
  • Ustinov Annual Conference
  • Ustinov Intercultural Forum (UIF)
  • North East Local History

Careers, employability & Personal Development

  • Ustinov SUCCESS (Shaping Ustinov College Careers and Employability Success for Students)
  • Publications and Media

Participation & Leadership

  • Ustinov Volunteering

Successful applicants will organise a range of academic, social, cultural events and projects, including seminars and discussion groups, research forums, careers & development sessions, volunteering exchanges and academic conferences.

Scholarships take the form of accommodation awards – generous contributions towards college accommodation charges. A majority of the positions awarded constitute partial accommodation awards, equivalent to a third of the accommodation charges for an en-suite room in College for Scholar and £1000 for Fellows. Additionally, two stipends are available for the editors of our college publications, the Ustinovian and the Pantomath. The editor of the termly Ustinovian will receive an award £3000 and the editor of the annual Pantomath will receive £1000.

The Ustinov College Scholarships are open to all current and prospective full-time members of Ustinov College, from any subject or discipline.


Positions and awards are open to all full time current or prospective members of Ustinov College for the 2022/2023 academic year, from any subject or discipline, including taught and research students.

To be eligible for a GCP Scholarship, you should have applied for accommodation at Ustinov College by the time you submit your application, to be resident at the College for the full three terms of the academic year if applying in the summer round. To take up a scholarship, you must have been accepted to a programme of postgraduate study at Durham University.

To be eligible for a GCP Fellowship, , you must have been accepted to a programme of postgraduate study at Durham University and be a member of Ustinov College. Fellowship recipients can live in college or private accommodation.

Existing award holders are welcome to re-apply for an award for the next academic year.

Opportunities for Volunteers

In addition to scholarship and fellowship opportunities, students are warmly invited to participate in the Global Citizenship Programme as volunteers. Volunteers are not required to complete this application process but can instead send an expression of interest to

Applications Criteria

Your application will be judged on three criteria:

  • Ethos & Experience: How you will contribute to the development of Ustinov College as a postgraduate centre of excellence and to the delivery of the ethos of global citizenship, interdisciplinarity, and intercultural learning. The committee will be interested in knowing how your skills, experience, and interests equip you to lead the development of the Global Citizenship Programme and specific projects within it;
  • Team Skills: Your ability to work as part of a team with the other scholars, volunteers and other members of the College, with developed interpersonal skills, taking the initiative, a willingness to work hard, multitask and be available throughout the year, and seeing projects through to a successful conclusion. This experience may have been gained at work, in a voluntary organisation, in a student society or similar;
  • Academic Merit: this will be judged on your past academic performance and the statement from your referee; as well as any suggestions for academic projects or explorations of the concept of global citizenship.

Applicants are not expected to meet all the criteria fully, and should indicate their areas of strength. Please bear in mind that the ability to generate ideas is only a small part of the requirements, and the administrative, professional and interpersonal skills involved in being able to coordinate and fulfil project responsibilities are essential.

Experience can have been gained in similar student activities, through voluntary work or in the workplace

How to Apply

The application consists of the following:

  • Online application form
  • CV
  • Academic/professional reference(s)
  • Statement of achievements to date (current award recipients only)

Applications for Ustinov Seminar & Annual Conference Fellowships are OPEN and close at 23:59 on Friday 31 October 2022.

An interview may be required; if you are not based in the UK, this may be arranged by telephone/Teams or Zoom.

Please read the below guiding documents carefully before making your application. For any queries about the process, contact


University student
As a GCP scholar, the Ustinov Intercultural Forum (UIF) has been an excellent platform to celebrate the unity in diversity of our college, and the experience has been memorable. We at UIF 2021-2022 organised various events highlighting the diverse cultures and traditions that were educational yet entertaining and could contribute to the student community. From organising events like Mexican Christmas to International Mother Language Day, UIF was a remarkable way to express and appreciate cultural diversity, to interact with people, and discuss their culture, which developed a sense of community that transcended boundaries, which is the true essence of the GCP.

Madhumanti Ghosh (Scholar 2021-2022)
LLM, International Trade and Commercial Law