Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Certificate

Programme Objectives

This international program is composed of five member universities of the Global Public Policy Network, GPPN, an international group of top public policy schools from around the world. Participating member universities include:

  • Columbia SIPA, New York
  • Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo, Tokyo
  • Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Paris

The SDG Professional Certificate allows students to develop entrepreneurial skills and to work with public policy students from participating GPPN universities. It provides an opportunity for students to develop concrete projects rooted in their local environments, and to interact with academics, practitioners and policymakers specializing in the SDGs.

Students benefit from the experience of building and implementing their own interdisciplinary SDG projects while collaborating with multiple actors at different levels

**Please note that for the 2021-2022 academic year, the SDG Certificate program will take place only for Sciences Po students, and not with participation from our partner universities due to the ongoing health crisis**

Programme Curriculum

The SDG Certificate includes:

  • Two dedicated intensive semester long modules during the spring semester, worth 4 credits and replacing an elective course
  • A final report and presentation and Q&A


This agenda is subject to modification.

  •  October 18 2021: Application deadline
  • November 2021: Early November, selected teams will be interviewed, followed by the announcement of admitted teams
  • January - May 2022: SDG required modules
  • May 2022: Final presentations and final projects due 

HOW to apply

This year’s theme for the SDG Certificate will focus on projects that address global security issues and the SDGs. Topics focused on security may range from a wide variety of subjects, including, but not limited to environmental disasters, violent conflict and humanitarian catastrophes, nuclear security, migration and refugee crises, and global health. Successful applications will tie in the role of the SDGs in developing a project that responds to one of the diverse challenges brought to light by an international security crisis. These crises not only reveal the difficulties facing our health and political systems, but  also accentuate the many existing inequalities in our societies. These inequalities can be seen across a range of fields, including access to resources, basic rights, food security, housing, healthcare, technology, education and personal safety, among others.

In this context, we invite first year Master’s students from the School of Public Affairs and PSIA to identify an important policy challenge in a field related to the SDGs and a global security crisis. Proposals can incorporate public, private or hybrid approaches as appropriate.

Your applications should include the following elements: 

  • 3-4 pages proposal identifying the topic that your team would like to focus on; it should include a brief background section on the subject, a clear understanding of the problem you have selected, a short benchmark of similar projects that have been tried in the past, and your initial ideas for your proposed solution.
  • A CV or bio from each of the team members is also required.

Applications must include teams of 4-5 members. Teams must be comprised of first year Master’s students and must be committed to continue working together to develop their projects throughout the spring semester: Teams are required to attend all elements of the SDG Certificate. Shortlisted teams will be contacted at the end of October for a final selection interview.

Deadline to apply: October 18th. Complete this Google form to apply (including project proposals and CVs or bios to be attached in a single document; in addition to the 3-4 page proposal). Groups should complete one application per team.


Prof. Laëtitia Atlani-Duault is a French social anthropologist. She is Research Professor at Université de Paris / IRD / CEPED, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborative Center for Research on Health and Humanitarian Policies and Practices, and President of the Institut COVID19 Ad Memoriam. She is also Professeur affilié at Science Po – School of Public Administration and Scientific Advisor of its SDGs Certificate. She was until recently Senior Advisor for Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations Chief Executive Board, in New York (2012-2015) and Visiting Professor at the Mailman School of Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York (2015-2017). She is a recipient of the CNRS bronze medal for research excellence, awarded by France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). She has been recently appointed by the French government as a member of the COVID19 Scientific Council.

Contact us

For questions related to the SDG Certificate and GPPN, please contact Jennie Cottle, Academic Advisor for the SDG Certificate and Global Public Policy Network.

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