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

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Applications are now closed and will open again in 2020. 

There are three stages to the application process. 

1) Online application

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. If you unable to complete the application online due to accessibility requirements please get in touch with us outlining your needs - futureleadersconnect@britishcouncil.org 

Included 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 two main questions that will require you to demonstrate your senior leadership potential and think about your policy vision. 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. 

1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us about a global change you would like to see happen and how you would use policy making to achieve this. 

Use this answer to demonstrate your understanding of how policy change occurs. Explain how you would be involved in making the policy change happen and how this will have an impact on the country you live in and internationally.

2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us about a time that you used leadership skills to achieve a successful outcome, ideally related to policy making. 

We are looking for people who demonstrate influence and leadership in the field of policy. Please provide evidence in your example of the scale and impact of the change and your role in making this happen. Tell us about how you inspired others to engage and achieve the outcome. 

2) Finalists take part in events/interviews 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 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 progressed.

3) Future Leaders Connect members travel to the UK, ten days of development opportunities

At the interviews/local events we will make our final decision on who will become members of Future Leaders Connect and travel to the UK. You will be expected to prepare to take part in private senior meetings, training and development sessions and visit to UK global institutions. Before travelling to the UK, you will also have to apply for visas for travel, complete some pre-work 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 will be contacted and invited to take up the place.

You have to be available to travel to the UK for the programme of leadership and policy skill development arriving on 21 October 2019 and departing on 1 November 2019 and have a valid passport to do so. 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. 


Future Leaders Connect members present their policy ideas to a UK Minister at Number 10 Downing Street  ©

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