Global Mission Fellows

Global Mission Fellows

Global Mission Fellows are young adults, ages 21–30, who are committed to work in social justice ministries for two years. They serve outside of their home communities, either in the United States or overseas. This graduate-level fellowship allows participants to address the root causes of oppression and alleviate human suffering alongside community organizations in a variety of issues including public health (including HIV/AIDS), migration/immigration, education, and poverty.

Creating opportunities for young adults is a priority of Global Ministries. Young adults play a critical role as agents of change in The United Methodist Church.

If you would like to apply from Japan, the Wesley Zaidan is liaison office in Japan.


  1. Are young adults ages 21–30
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree(or equivalent life experience).
  3. Commit to two years of service.
  4. Serve “with,” not “to” or “for” others.
  5. Feel called to address roots of injustice.
  6. Speak conversational English.

Core Values

Global Mission Fellows aim to:
ENGAGE with local communities
CONNECT the church in mission
GROW in personal and social holiness

GMF is for young adults all across the globe who are called to serve outside of their home country. It is a 24-month service program that includes two months of initial training and transition and approximately 22 months of service.

The process from application to hiring

Application PeriodAugust-March
Evaluation & InterviewNovember-April
Job OfferJanuary-April
Notification of Placement CiteFebruary-June
TrainingJuly (3 Weeks)
Start of Work at Placement CiteAugust-September
Completion of Work at Placement CiteDiffers for each Placement Cite

Points to Consider

  • You can express your preferences for an assignment location, but it’s not guaranteed that you will be sent to your preferred location depending on the situation at the accepting organization.
  • For those who are hired, it is expected that you will work as a GMF until the end of the two years. Temporary returns to your home country before the completion of the two years are generally not possible.

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