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

British Council

There are three stages to the application process

1) Online application

Applications open on 22nd February 2018.  

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 event in your country (dates to be shared with those shortlisted). At the interviews/local event you will present your policy ideas and global vision 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. 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 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 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.

You must be able to travel to the UK for the programme of leadership and policy skill development in October 2018 (specific dates to be confirmed) 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 you 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. 

In the interests of equal access, the costs of participating in Future Leaders Connect will be covered by the British Council. 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. 

Applications open February 2018


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

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