Type of Funding
The British Council is inviting exceptional young leaders from Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Tunisia, USA and UK to apply for the Future Leaders Connect 2019 programme, which enables participants to join a long-term global network of emerging policy leaders who want to change the world through policy making. This programme will help participants to develop their policy making expertise, make valuable connections and gain the skills to have real impact. Participants will go to the UK for 9 days of advanced policy and leadership development, from 21 October to 1 November 2019 and will stay in Cambridge and London. Approximately 50 participants will be selected. Together they will discuss major global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament, and engage with inspiring leaders at the Møller Institute, Churchill College and University of Cambridge.
After their time in the UK, they will have worldwide connections, a policy action plan for change and the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be an influential leader in their country and beyond.
The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the programme is fully accessible. Those who did not manage to get a place on the programme will be invited to be part of the Future Leaders Connect Community where they can access a range of free online professional development policy and leadership resources.
Applicants must be aged 18 to 35 from 1 of the participating countries: Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK and USA. Applications from Egypt and the USA are by invitation only. They need to have policy knowledge and senior leadership potential.
Applicants must be able to speak and understand English, at the IELTS level 7 or equivalent. They have to be able to travel to the UK from 21 October to 1 November 2019 and possess a passport valid for at least 6 months from October 2019 and be eligible to access a visa to go to the UK.
Applicants should be able to explain how they want to make change in their country and how that connects to their vision for global change. They should have a good understanding of policy and are interested in learning more about policy making and willing to engage in this long-term opportunity with the British Council to become a member of Future Leaders Connect and be committed to the network.
The British Council is looking for candidates in their early to mid-career and already have examples of demonstrated leadership. Applicants should be emerging leaders committed to supporting the development of their country through policy change; hence those with good knowledge and strong networks in the country they are based in are urged to apply.
The programme is looking for a diverse group of people with different experiences, ideas and backgrounds, including those with disabilities.
Those who are currently employed by, or an immediate family member of, the British Council or the Møller Centre are ineligible.
Applications are to be done online by 6 May 2019.