Future Leaders Connect - the global network for emerging policy leaders ©

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Applications for Future Leaders Connect will open on Tuesday 12th March 2019.

The place where Future Leaders Connect

Through Future Leaders Connect, we identify exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) from across the UK and around the world who could play a significant role in policy making and politics in the years ahead. If you believe you are an emerging leader with an understanding of policy making and the potential to be a senior leader then this could be the opportunity for you.

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 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. 

For the 2018 application you needed to be available to travel to the UK, arriving on the 22 October 2018 and depart on the 1 November 2018 with a valid passport. If you believe there is any reason you may be denied a visa you may want to consider whether to submit an application, as the British Council is unable to facilitate or guarantee that you will receive a visa. Check if you need a visa

The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the programme is fully accessible. We are looking for exceptional individuals with the ideas, energy and commitment to work collaboratively with all members of Future Leaders Connect and senior leaders. The programme aims to be representative of the countries in which it operates. We encourage applications from all sections of society. 


Former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan discusses global policy with Future Leaders Connect members ©

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What does 'based in' one of the participating countries mean?

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. 


I am studying in a different country from where I usually live, can I still apply from the country where I usually live? Unfortunately you must be living in the country you are applying from to be eligible.  

I am not a permanent resident of the country I wish to apply from, but I do have a long term commitment to living here, can I apply? Yes you can apply if you are not a permanent resident but consider it your long term home and that your policy vision is related to that country. 

Currently I am working abroad in one of the participating countries, can I apply from that country? Yes, but you must demonstrate a long term commitment to that country and explain your policy vision for that country in your application. 

I am in one of the participating countries for the short term, can I apply from here? Unfortunately you cannot apply unless you live in that country and have a long term commitment to it.