Future Leaders Connect Programme (Fully-funded to the UK)

Future Leaders Connect (the “Programme”) is where exceptional young people from around the world will join a long-term network of emerging policy leaders (“Participant(s)”). They will develop their policy making expertise, make valuable connections and gain the skills to have real impact. Together they will discuss major global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament, engage with inspiring leaders, visit some of the UK’s leading global institutions and collaborate to produce innovative policy recommendations. The skills, experience and connections they make through Future Leaders Connect will support them to seize their leadership potential.

Participants will come to the UK for approximately ten days between 22 October and 1 November 2018, and will stay in Cambridge and London. Approximately 50 Participants will attend. Participating countries are: Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK and USA.

The Programme is run by the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, United Kingdom.

Territory and Eligibility 

The Programme is open to individuals of the participating countries who meet all the criteria listed below. The participating countries are;

Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK and the USA.

To meet the Eligibility Criteria, listed below, Participants must;

  • Be aged between 18 and 35 years old on the 13 May 2018.
  • Be able to speak English at IELTS level 6 or equivalent (Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.)
  • Hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from November 2018.
  • Be based in one of the participating countries. In this case, being ‘based in’ means that you currently live in this country at the time of applying and you have a long term commitment to that country.  Your policy vision for change needs to match the country you are applying from.
  • Be available to travel to the UK for 11 days around the time of 22 October and 1 November 2018.
  • Not be currently employed by the British Council, Gradcore or The Møller Institute or be an immediate family member of a British Council, Gradcore or The Møller Institute employee. (In this case immediate family member is defined as one’s spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings and immediate in-laws (mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Adopted children and stepchildren also counted as immediate family members.

Entry to the Programme is free of charge. The British Council shall arrange and pay for the travel of Participants to the Programme in the UK. During the duration of the Programme Participants will be provided with free accommodation and food.

Selection Process

In most cases the applications will be reviewed by Gradcore Ltd, an external agency, based on the Programme selection criteria provided by the British Council. Gradcore Ltd will provide a shortlist of candidates per country to the British Council which will then be forwarded to the relevant British Council country offices for final section. In some countries a local agency may be contracted to review applications initially. This will not affect the way your data is handled.

Given the large number of applications we receive, the shortlisting agency will review the following questions first on each application, and will only progress the applications of those who score a competitive mark in these questions:

Question 1: Please tell us about one major global change you would like to see over the next five years. How will this impact your country?

Question 2: How would you use policy making or influencing to achieve this change?

The final section of approximately 2 to 4 people per country will be determined through interviews and events. The process may differ slightly in each country, but in all cases this will be communicated to Participants in advance and selection will be made based on a shared set of criteria. In many cases the final decision will be made by a panel of British Council representatives and external stakeholders. All decisions of the panel will be final and binding.

The successful applicants will be asked, as a part of their long term development, to stay connected to the Future Leaders Connect network and to the British Council, and to make themselves available for any further face to face or online learning opportunities as well sharing their learning and experience with their peers after their return to their home countries.

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