Young Health Programme Impact Fellowship | 2023

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Are you a young person aged 18-30 who is looking to create a healthier environment for other young people in your community?  


Are you leading projects within a registered non-profit organsiation? 


Do you have an innovative approach that focuses on tackling the main lifestyle behaviours (tobacco use, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, exposure to air pollution) which contribute to chronic disease? 


If you answered yes to all of these questions, we want to hear from you! 

Selected Fellows will be awarded a One Young World Scholarship to attend the 2023 Summit in Belfast, a US $10,000 grant to deliver a project through their eligible non-profit organsation, and unique leadership opportunities to support their development.  


Non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes and respiratory conditions, are the world’s greatest cause of mortality(1). Most non-communicable diseases are the result of five particular risk factors (tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, exposure to air pollution and the harmful use of alcohol) that lead to four key metabolic/physiological changes (raised blood pressure, overweight/obesity, raised blood glucose and raised cholesterol)(2). It is estimated that 70% of premature deaths are due to behaviours initiated during adolescence(3).  We believe that improving adolescent health and well-being will deliver a triple dividend: not only will it deliver major benefits for adolescents, and for those around them, but it will also improve their health as adults and the health of children they will have. An investment in adolescent health is an investment in the health of future generations(4). 

Since 2016, AstraZeneca, through its Young Health Programme (YHP), has partnered with One Young World to identify and empower young leaders who are tackling the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their communities. Powered and delivered by a Scholarship programme, more than 100 young leaders have joined the One Young World Community and participated in the annual One Young World Summit.  

We know that the One Young World Summit can unlock opportunities, spark ideas, and turn plans into action. We also know that young people often lack opportunities to receive funding and participate in structured development, especially in under-resourced communities and among marginalised groups.  


About the Fellowship

This year, AstraZeneca is going beyond Scholarships to power and deliver a unique YHP Impact Fellowship that provides development opportunities, access to networks, and funding to help the most impactful young health leaders to help them create even more positive change.  

By collaborating with One Young World, these inspiring young leaders will attend the One Young World Summit 2023 in Belfast, UK and receive a US $10,000 grant to contribute to a specific project within their eligible non-profit organisation. This grant will assist in the development and delivery of effective health promotion programmes, with an emphasis on under-resourced and marginalised communities in low- and middle-income countries. We believe that access to networks, development, and funding will lead to a global health movement led by, and for, young people.  

That’s why we’re creating a bespoke YHP Impact Fellowship which will enable selected young non-profit leaders to receive:  

  • Access to Networks: Participation in the 2023 One Young World Summit and Ambassador Network, and access to an Alumni group of other young changemakers who are all passionate about NCD prevention 

  • Access to Development: Structured learning and development offerings to enable you to scale your impact, including both self-directed and live learning. This includes access to the One Young World Academy, an award-winning MBA programme with a cUnviersity accreditation, and professional training.  

  • Access to Funding: All Fellows will be expected to manage a community project that aims to improve youth health and prevent NCDs in their community. To enable this, AstraZeneca’s YHP will be awarding US $10,000 grants to each of the non-profit organisations led by the Fellows 

This Fellowship is powered by and delivered in partnership with AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme (YHP). The YHP is a core part of AstraZeneca’s sustainability ambition to use its capabilities to make a meaningful impact where society needs it – health. The YHP is a global disease prevention programme with a unique focus on young people aged 10 to 24, living in vulnerable environments and under-resourced settings around the world. The YHP aims to prevent the most common non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, type II diabetes, heart disease and respiratory disease by addressing the primary risk factors - tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and exposure to air pollution.  

YHP activities support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 3.4 - to reduce premature deaths linked to NCDs by one third by 2030. 

Learn more about the Young Health Programme here. 


  • Full delegate access to the One Young World Summit 2023 in Belfast, United Kingdom, from 2 - 5 October 2023. 
  • Return air travel from your home country to Belfast (flights in economy only). Flights will be arranged by the OYW delegate services team.
  • Hotel accommodation in Belfast checking in on 1 October and checking out on 6 October. Hotel accommodation will be arranged by the OYW delegate services team.
  • Catering which includes: 
    • Dinner on 2 October.
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 3 to 5 October
    • Breakfast on 6 October
  • A per diem of up to £48 per day spent travelling to Belfast and on the ‘pre’ and ‘post’ Summit days of 1, 2, and 6 October.  
  • Reimbursement of the UK visitor visa application fee of £105 (if applicable)
  • Return transfer from airport to hotel via public transport
  • Access to the AstraZeneca Young Health Programme Scholarship’s pre-programme on 2 October.
  • Access to AstraZeneca’s YHP Impact Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide a combination of live and self-taught learning and development opportunities throughout the year to help Scholars scale their impact. This includes, but is not limited to: 
    • Access to the One Young World Academy for 1 year. The OYW Academy is an online learning experience, helping young leaders tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our world by learning from world-renowned subject matter experts and gaining tools.
    • Participation in an award-winning online mini-MBA program, complete with a University accreditation and 12-months of material access.
    • Learning and development opportunities related to NCD prevention and professional skills.
  • A $10,000 USD grant to support the delivery of a 6-12 month NCD prevention focused project. Receipt of the grant is subject to the scholar’s organisation passing due diligence and verification checks completed by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and will be deposited into the eligible organisation’s bank account following the Summit
  • Invitation to join the YHP Alumni Group and network with other young health leaders from around the world, after attending the OYW Summit

Please note:
AstraZeneca's YHP also supports a One Young World Lead2030 Challenge tackling non-communicable diseases among young people. Individuals can apply for both opportunities but may only be selected for one. 

  • Aged 18 - 30.*
  • Nationals of all non-sanctioned countries are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must demonstrate positive impact related to tackling non-communicable-diseaseas among youth. 
  • Access to internet and a device (computer, phone) that will allow them to participate in live, online Fellowship sessions – this will not be provided to Fellows.
  • Applicants must be founders or leaders of registered non-profit organisations that meet the following criteria:
    • Have been registered and operational for at least 3 full years.
    • Have had total reported income in the last financial year of more than USD$10,000 and less than USD$1,000,000.
    • Are ‘funding-ready’ and able to provide appropriate documentation (in English) to AstraZeneca’s grant-making partner at the Charities Aid Foundation to verify their organisation’s charitable status, governance and financial situation. This process usually takes 3-6 months to complete and will begin once Fellows are selected. If the required documentation is not available, it may impact the ability of the organisation to receive the grant and Fellowship may be withdrawn. We aim for all grants to be dispersed by October 2023, and projects to start between October 2023 and April 2024. All projects must end by December 2024. 
    • Operate in under-resourced communities. These are likely to be in low-income or lower-middle income countries or settings.
  • Applicants must be able to propose a 6-12 month project that:
    • Empowers young people (aged 12-24) to manage their health in order to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their community.  
    • Focuses on tackling the five major NCD risk factor / behavioural risk areas (tobacco use, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and air pollution) which contribute to NCDs (cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, type II diabetes) 
    • Is inclusive and non-discriminatory in its approach, working with marginalised or vulnerable young people  
    • Is measured and is able to demonstrate impact. Organisations must provide an end-of-year and end-of-grant report including, but not limited to, total number of young people reached directly, change/improvement over time, lessons learned and impact.  
    • Begins after October 2023 and will be completed by December 2024.
  • Projects that do any of the following are not eligible for funding:
    • Discriminate or primarily promote political or religious viewpoints to their beneficiaries.
    • Use the funds to make grants or financial donations to other organisations or individuals.
    • Be primarily a medical course/s.
    • Provide bursaries, tuition, scholarships or fees for an existing course.
    • Provide treatment, promote medicines, provide medical advice or pay for medicines.
    • Benefit AstraZeneca’s commercial business.
    • Last more than 12 months.
    • Have already taken place or are planned to start before November 2023.
    • Be funded more than 50% by another source, aside from the Step Up! Grant.
  • Selected individuals are expected to fully participate in the YHP Impact Fellowship and One Young World Summit. Any misrepresentation, or inability to fully participate and complete verification in a timely manner may jeopardise their Scholarship benefits and grant eligibility. 
  • If, after selection, the screening and verification process determines that the organisations do not meet the eligibility requirements as outlined above, they will be unable to receive the Grant and the individual’s participation in the YHP Impact Fellowship and OYW Summit may be withdrawn.  

*Most delegates are between the age of 18 and 30. The One Young World team will consider applications from those who are older than 30, pending demonstration of appropriate personal impact, initiative, and willingness to engage.



Selection Process

  • One Young World will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:
    • Evidenced commitment to addressing non-communicable diseases in a local, national or global community, with a specific focus on child and adolescent health and/or disease prevention and/or social determinants of health programming.
    • Leadership ability in championing and galvanising stakeholders around their chosen cause or issue.
    • A capacity for innovation and problem-solving that is entrepreneurial and values-driven.
    • Concern for local and global issues.
    • Experience of working towards a shared goal through teamwork and collaboration.
    • Potential for future impact or ability to scale up their work through attendance at the Summit and receiving thee grant. 
  • A shortlist of candidates identified by One Young World will advance to an assessment process conducted by the YHP, from which 7 Impact Fellowship recipients will be selected. 
  • Upon selection, the 7 selected recipients will undergo verification through the Charities Aid Foundation to ensure that the individual organisations are eligible to receive the grant.  


(1) Non-communicable diseases. 2021. Available from:….

(2) Noncommunicable diseases: Risk factors (

(3) World Health Organization. Improving Adolescent Health and Development. Geneva: Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development; 2001. Available from:…

(4) GC Patton et al Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing:

Application Deadline: 14 May 2023