How to apply
There are three stages to the application process
1) Online application
Complete your online application by Sunday 14th May 2017, 23.59pm (GMT).
If you are applying from Morocco or Tunisia the applications will close for these countries on Sunday 30th April 2017, 23.59pm (GMT) and if shortlisted from one of these countries you must be able to attend an event on Wednesday 17th May 2017.
India and Egypt are taking part in the programme but not in the open call. Applications from these countries may have a different eligibility criteria and application process.
Click on the ‘Apply Now’ link below and complete your online application, this will take you approximately one hour. You cannot save the application once you start it, therefore we suggest that you allocate enough time to complete the application all at once, or you work on your application outside of the system and when you are happy with it submit it online. Your online application must be completed in English.
The main questions we will ask you as part of the applications are:
- Please tell us about one significant success you achieved while demonstrating leadership. Please tell us in no more than 250 words.
- Please tell us about one major global change you would like to see over the next 5 years. How will this impact your country? Please tell us in no more than 500 words.
- How would you use policy making or influencing to achieve this change? Please tell us in no more than 500 words.
- Please tell us how you might be able to cascade or share what you learn as part of this programme. What networks or groups might you share this with? Please tell us in no more than 250 words.
Deadline for online applications is Sunday 14th May 2017, 23.59 (GMT). If you are applying from Morocco or Tunisia the applications will close for these countries on Sunday 30th April 2017, 23.59pm (GMT).
If you have been unsuccessful at this stage you will be notified by us via email, we would encourage you to reapply next year should you still meet the eligibility requirements. We also recommend that you apply to other British Council programmes. All opportunities are advertised via our website www.britishcouncil.org and our social media.
You will be notified if you have been placed on the reserves list.
2) Finalists take part in events in their country
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 event in your country (dates to be shared with those shortlisted). You will be invited to attend a local event or interview where you will have the opportunity to present your policy ideas to a panel of experts. Unfortunately if you are unable to attend this event your application cannot be progressed.
3) Future Leaders Connect members travel to the UK, nine days of development opportunities
At the country events we will make our final decision on who will be accepted to join Future Leaders Connect in the UK. The successful applicants will be notified and informed of all the information they need to know. Successful applicants will be asked to sign an agreement outlining their involvement and commitment to Future Leaders Connect. You will be expected to prepare to take part in conversations at the Conference in Parliament, as well as for the development sessions beforehand, where participants will share their experiences and expertise with each other. Before traveling to the UK, you will also have to apply for visas for travel and be in contact with the British Council on an on-going basis regarding logistics.
There will be a number of spaces available on the reserves list, this means that if any person is no longer able to participate in the UK programme then the reserve persons in that country will be contacted and invited to take up the place.
Find below all of the Terms and Conditions for Future Leaders Connect.
The programme/eligibility/application dates
Anyone applying for Future Leaders Connect should be aware of the following:
The Future Leaders Connect Programme aims to provide future leaders with skills and international networks which will improve their ability to make or influence policy changes, leading to long term impact on the social and economic development in their countries and beyond.
The project is being undertaken to support the development of future policy makers in key countries, aiming to help them become exceptional leaders. The Programme is run by the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, United Kingdom.
As a part of the programme, those who are selected will be required to travel to the UK from 18-27 October 2017.
1. The Programme
Future Leaders Connect (the Programme) is where exceptional young people from around the world will join a long-term network of emerging policy leaders. 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 nine days between 18-27 October 2017, and stay in Cambridge and London. The conference will be held in the Houses of Parliament. Approximately 50 participants will attend.
The Programme is run by the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, United Kingdom.
2. Territory and eligibility
The Programme is open to individuals of the participating countries who meet all the criteria below:
• Aged between 18 and 35 years old on the 14 May 2017.
• 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 2017.
• Be based in one of the participating countries.
• Be available to travel to the UK for 9 days around the time of 18-27 October 2017.
• The applicant should not be currently employed by the British Council or be an immediate family member of a British Council 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 are 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.
3. Programme application dates
Applications will be open on 15 March, 2017 in the UK and overseas. The closing date for applications will be 23:59pm GMT on 14 May 2017. For people applying from Morocco and Tunisia the closing date will be 23.59pm GMT on 30 April 2017.
The British Council reserves the right to extend the closing date. Any entry received before the opening date or after the closing date will not be included in the selection process. The British Council accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any system, server, provider or otherwise that may result in any entry being lost, delayed or not properly registered.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 30 June 2017. This notification will be made to the email address provided by the participant when applying for the Programme in accordance with section 4 of this document. In this notification, the British Council will inform each candidate about the outcome of their application and the next steps of the selection process that they should follow.
How to apply/selection process
4. How to apply
The Programme will be promoted through the Future Leaders Connect website www.britishcouncil.org/future-leaders-connect and the Websites and Social Media of the British Council offices overseas.To apply, participants must access the application link through the Eventsforce application tool and then follow these steps:
- Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions
- Answer the contact and eligibility questions
- Provide personal data
- Answer the professional and academic background questions
- Answer the Application Questions
- Answer EDI questions (this is not compulsory)
- Complete needs assessment questions
- Submit the application form
Participants are responsible for ensuring they complete the form fully and correctly. Once submitted, there is no option to change or edit the entry. The participants cannot save and return to their application later.
Proof of identity and references will be required at a later date.
5. 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 approximately 30 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.
The final section of approximately 2 to 4 applicants per country will be done 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.
Personal data (part 1)
6. Personal data
Anyone applying for Future Leaders Connect should be aware of the following:
i. Application: your application should be accurate, not omit any facts that are relevant and not be misleading. If we find that there are significant errors or omissions in the information you have supplied to us in the course of your application you will not be offered a place in the programme, or we will terminate your application.
ii. Eligibility criteria: to be eligible to take part, you must be:
• Aged between 18 and 35 years old.
• 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 2017.
• Be based in one of the participating countries.
• Be available to travel to the UK for 9 days around the time from 18-27 October 2017.
• The applicant should not be currently employed by the British Council or be an immediate family member of a British Council 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.)
iii. Selection: the selection process will be fair. No applicant will have, or should seek or accept, any unfair advantage. No member of the British Council or its partners involved in the process will unfairly promote or disadvantage the interests of any applicant. If we find that you have secured an unfair advantage in the selection process we reserve the right not to offer you a place, or withdraw or terminate your application. If you are shortlisted we will ask you to provide references and documentation to prove your identity.
iv. UK visa and entry clearance: your UK visa application will be processed through your local British Embassy who have the discretion to decide whether to approve or reject your UK visa application. The British Council will provide you with the necessary supporting documents but cannot guarantee the outcome of your visa application.
v. Changes of circumstances: if your circumstances change by an event or events that are genuinely beyond your control, or in ways that are generally unexpected, or you change your mind after you are selected, you should contact us immediately.
Personal data (part 2)
How we use your personal information
The British Council will collect and use your personal information as part of the Future Leaders Connect Programme application. This will include name, age bracket, the country in which you are based, your level on English language and whether you hold any qualifications in English. We will also ask you to provide information confirming that you meet the eligibility criteria for the programme. To help us shortlist applicants, we will also ask for information on your policy ideas, your experience as a leader and your professional and academic background. We will ask you to provide this information through Eventsforce.
Applicants will also be asked, but not required, to submit equality and diversity information. This data will be gathered electronically along with other the application information and will include personal information about ethnicity, gender, disability (if any). This will be used for the purposes of monitoring equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, and anonymous statistics that will be used internally by the British Council. If you decide not to provide equality and diversity information, it will not affect the selection process.
If applicants submit equality and diversity information, it will be collected on a form and separated as soon as possible to preserve anonymity. Equality and diversity information will not be used for any other purpose, and will not be used as part of the shortlisting and selection process.
To help us plan the training we provide to best suit the needs of our Participants, and to measure our impact, we will ask questions at the end of the application process about applicant’s skill level, about any experiences applicants have had with international leadership programmes, and for perspectives of the UK. None of the answers to these questions will be used as part of the shortlisting and selection process, however they will be used to measure successful applicants development though the Programme.
Applicants acknowledge and agree that the British Council may, at any point during the selection process and after, and on any number of occasions, carry out searches of relevant third party screening databases (each a “Screening Database”). Notice will be given to applicants along with clarity on what information will be required and how this will be used. Applicants shall provide the British Council with all information reasonably requested by the British Council to complete the screening searches. This may affect applicants eligibility, should the applicant be listed in a Screening Database.
All applicant information held by the British Council will be securely deleted in accordance with British Council data retention policies.
For further information about how we use your personal information, please use the following link: https://www.britishcouncil.org/privacy-cookies/data-protection
Where an applicant has consented to the British Council doing so, the British Council may contact the applicant using the personal data collected to provide information about the goods, services, courses or promotions that the British Council offers.
By participating in the Programme, participants consent to their personal data being processed by the British Council in accordance with, and for the purposes set out in, this section 6.
Participants can exercise their rights to access their personal data held by the British Council and withdraw their consent to the processing of their personal data by sending an email, accompanied by a scanned photocopy of their valid passport to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity and visas
7. Publicity and rights
The British Council may publish the names and photographs of the successful participants on the British Council’s websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, press releases and in other promotional and marketing material. In addition, in collaboration with the relevant participant, the British Council may write and publish articles about the winning participants’ and the impact of the Programme on their professional life. By entering the Programme, each participant agrees to the use of their name and image and agrees to co-operate with any such publicity or marketing of the Programme.
All rights in the British Council’s name and logo, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, press releases and other promotional and marketing material and all course and examination content and materials (together the “Council’s Materials”) shall vest in and remain with the British Council (or its licensors). By participating in the Programme, participants agree that they will not use, broadcast, publish, export, exploit, reproduce nor copy part or all of any non-publicly available British Council Materials without permission.
8. Conference and Training
The British Council will use its reasonable endeavors to follow the Programme as advertised. However, the British Council reserves the right to change the Programme at short notice (including the guest speakers and the times of their presentations). In the unlikely event that the British Council needs to change the location of the Programme to a different area of the UK, it will give the participant as much notice as possible. In the event that any such changes are made, the British Council will not be liable to refund any costs incurred by the participants.
The views expressed by external speakers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of the British Council. The British Council does not extend or express any warranties or representations as to the quality and/or accuracy of the content of presentations given, or information supplied, by the external speakers.
The British Council will use its reasonable endeavors to ensure that the Programme proceeds as advertised, but it reserves the right to cancel at any time. In the unlikely event that the Programme is cancelled by the British Council, the British Council accepts no responsibility for travel, additional accommodation outside of the Programme dates or other costs which may have been incurred by the participants.
9. Visas/Invitation Letters and Travel Insurance
The British Council will provide letters of invitation for participants’ UK visa applications. If the participants require a visa they should allow sufficient time for the application process. The British Council cannot support on visa application processes or guarantee that participants will be given a visa.
The British Council does not provide travel insurance. The winning participant should take out Personal Accident Travel insurance for their time overseas. This should include the following standard elements of cover:
- Medical costs for treatment in case of illness or accidental injury
- Benefits for permanent disabling injuries, e.g. rehabilitation and living costs
- Benefits for death and costs of repatriation
- Cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings
- Cover for cancelled flights, e.g. if the airline goes out of business or on strike
- Personal Liability cover. This provides legal support and covers financial costs if
- you cause injury or property damage to others and are found personally liable.
- 24hr emergency assistance helpline.
Many policies also have Legal Expenses cover, which is recommended in case the winning participant needs legal assistance while overseas.
The participant should remember to save the emergency contact number for their travel insurance to their mobile phone, keep a copy of the insurance policy in a safe place and give their insurance policy number and the emergency contact number to their next of kin.
Photographs/filming/recording and liability
10. Photographs, filming and recordings
The British Council may photograph, video, film or record proceedings and attendees (including the participants) during the Programme.
The British Council and any British Council Entity may use such photographs, videos, films or recordings for the purposes of producing Programme materials (including transcripts, reports or summaries) which may be published or distributed in hard or soft copy or online or marketing or for the purposes of advertising future programmes or events or publishing the work and activities of the British Council (whether by means of promotional and publicity materials or programmes, publications, websites, electronic publications, social media or other means) without any payment or compensation being offered and without any request being made to the featured parties and the participant hereby consents to any such media being used anywhere in the world by, or on behalf of, the British Council and any British Council Entity.
In this section,
“British Council Entity” means the subsidiary companies and other organisations Controlled by the British Council from time to time, and any organisation which Controls the British Council (the “Controlling Entity”) as well as any other organisations Controlled by the Controlling Entity from time to time; and “Control” means the ability to direct the affairs of another party whether by virtue of the ownership of shares, contract or otherwise (and “Controlled” shall be construed accordingly).
(a) The British Council does not exclude or limit in any way its liability to the participant for any death or personal injury caused by the British Council’s negligence, any fraudulent misrepresentation by the British Council, or any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
(b) Subject to paragraph (a), no liability is accepted by the British Council for:
i. loss of or damage to property belonging to the participant or anyone travelling with the participant (for example, watches, jewellery, cameras or clothing); or
ii. losses or additional expenses incurred by the participant due to delays or changes in travel services, sickness, weather, strikes, riots, war, quarantine or any other cause beyond the British Council’s reasonable control; or
iii. any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses.
Subject to paragraphs (a) and (b), the British Council’s total liability to the participant in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty) misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise arising under or in connection with these Programme rules, or the participant’s participation in the Programme, shall be limited to £300 for that participant.
The British Council may disqualify or refuse to accept the application of any participant which does not meet the eligibility criteria in section 2 or does not otherwise comply with these Programme terms and conditions.
These terms and conditions shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes or claims (including, without limitation, non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with the Programme.
13. Acceptance of Programme Rules
By participating in this Programme, participants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.
If any participant wishes to make a complaint, they can do so by email, letter or telephone, however participants are encouraged to submit complaints in writing wherever possible. All complaints should be made within 90 days of the date that the event occurred, or the date that the issue came to a participants attention. Participants should refer to the British Council’s Customers Services website https://www.britishcouncil.org/contact/about-customer-services for further information and contact details.