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

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

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. 

Applications are now closed and will open again in 2019. 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 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. 

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

Remember, we are looking for people who are making change and have demonstrated leadership by making something happen. You can use examples from your personal or professional experience.

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)

Remember to ensure your vision is wide reaching, with global and local significance. Is your idea addressing a real need?

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

Remember to use this answer to demonstrate your understanding of how policy change happens. How would you personally be involved in making or influencing the policy change? What evidence, analysis, contacts and other things you would you need to make it happen? 

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

We are looking for individuals who will make change in their countries and globally. How will you share what you have learned by informing others? 

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, nine 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.

In the 2018 application you had to be available to travel to the UK for the programme of leadership and policy skill development in arriving on 22nd October 2018 and departing on 1st November 2018 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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