Apply for the 2018 British Council's Future Global Leaders Connect Programme for Emerging Policy Leaders Worldwide


The British Council and partners are looking for exceptional young leaders from around the world who will play a significant role in policy making and politics in the years to come. If you are aged 18-35, have policy knowledge and the potential to be a senior leader, then this could be the opportunity for you.
As a member of Future Leaders Connect, you will travel to the UK for nine days (22 October – 31 October 2018) of advanced policy and leadership development, in partnership with 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.

Connect to the University of Cambridge

You will stay at the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge where you will futher develop your leadership skills and learn policy making expertise.
You will develop a deep understanding into the policy challenges faced by those from different countries and environments. By learning from each other and by working together, you will form your policy action plans, a collaborative leadership model and refine how you convincingly pitch your policy vision for global change.

Connect to the UK Houses of Parliament

During the programme, you will be connected to influential leaders at the UK Houses of Parliament and UK Government institutions. You will discuss with these leaders your innovative policy ideas to tackle some of today’s biggest global challenges.

Connect to global leaders and world renowned institutions

You will have exclusive opportunties to attend private meetings with inspirational global leaders and visit some of the UK’s leading organisations.
In 2017 Future Leaders Connect members debated peace and education with former UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, as well as other world leaders. Following discussions with UK politicians, they presented their innovative policy ideas at 10 Downing Street, the UK Prime Minister’s residence. Members also talked exclusively with Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times journalist Thomas L. Friedman and visited the BBC World Service.


  • 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.

You must be able to travel to the UK, arriving on the 22 October 2018 and departing on the 1 November 2018 with a valid passport.

To apply

For more information about this opportunity and to apply visit the official website by following this link


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