British Council Future Leaders Connect in London | Fully Funded

Apply for the fully funded British Council‘s Future Leaders Connect in London and become part of the global network for emerging policy leaders. As a member of Future Leaders Connect, you will travel to the UK for nine days of advanced policy and leadership development at the University of Cambridge. You will discuss today’s biggest global challenges in the UK Houses of Parliament, meet inspirational leaders and visit world renowned institutions. Following your time in the UK you will have worldwide connections, a policy action plan for change and the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be an influential leader in your country and beyond.

Your chance to connect to a long-term network of emerging leaders from around the globe, who want to change the world through policy making.

Host Country:
Host Organisation:
  • British Council
Program Location:
  • University of Cambridge
Program Duration:
  • 9 Days
Program Dates:
  • 22 October – 1 November 2018.
Financial Support & Benefits:
  • The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the programme is fully accessible
  • For those who do not gain one of the exclusive places on the programme, you will be invited to be part of the Future Leaders Connect Community where you can access a range of free online professional development policy and leadership resources

Also Read: Global Youth Summit Switzerland

Eligibility Criteria:
  • To take part you must be aged 18-35 and be based in one of the participating countries – Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK and USA.
  • You should be able to demonstrate your policy knowledge and senior leadership potential in your application.
  • Applications from Egypt, India and USA are by invitation only.

More about the types of people we are looking for:

  • You should be able to passionately explain how you want to make change in your country and how this links to your vision for global change.
  • You should have an understanding of policy and are interested in learning more about policy making.
  • You should be 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.
  • You are likely to be in your early to mid-career, aged between 18 and 35 (on Sunday 13 May 2018) and already have examples of when you have demonstrated leadership.
  • You will need to be based in one of our participating countries (Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK and USA) and be eligible to access a visa to come to the UK. Please be aware some of these countries have varying eligibility criteria. Applications from Egypt, India and USA are by invitation only.
  • We are looking for emerging leaders who are committed to support the development of their country through policy change, and so encourage those to apply who have good knowledge and strong networks in the country they are based in.
  • We are looking to find a diverse group of people with different experiences, ideas and backgrounds. The programme is fully accessible for those with disabilities.
  • Be able to speak English at IELTS level 6 or equivalent (this means you would need to generally 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). You do not need the official qualification.
  • You cannot be currently employed by, or an immediate family member of, the British Council, Gradcore or the Møller Centre.
How to Apply:

It will take you approximately one hour to complete your online application. You cannot save your application and come back to it at a later date, the whole application must be done at once. ncluded in the online application is a series of simple general personal information questions, so we can confirm you meet the criteria and so that we will be able to contact you. There are four main questions that will require you to think about your policy vision and demonstrate your senior leadership potential. We recommend that you work on your responses to these questions offline before making your application, as you cannot save your application and come back to it at a later date, the whole application must be done at once.

Following Questions to be answered in the online application form:

1. Tell us about a time that you used leadership skills which led to a successful outcome. (100 – 350 words)

2. Tell us about one major global change you would like to see over the next five years. How will this impact your country? (100 – 350 words)

3. How would you use policy making or influencing to achieve this change? (100 – 350 words)

4. How would you share what you learn from this programme with others if your application was successful? (100 – 300 words)

Selection Process:

At this stage we will let you know if your application has been shortlisted or not.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interviews and/or local events in your country (dates to be shared with those shortlisted). At the interviews/local event you may be asked to present your global policy vision and the impact it will have to your country, to a panel of experts. Unfortunately if you are unable to attend this event your application cannot be progress

Application Deadline:
  • 13th May, 2018