Find below all of the Terms and Conditions for Future Leaders Connect.

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 22 October - 1 November 2018.

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 (“Participant(s)”). 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 ten days between 22 October and 1 November 2018, and will stay in Cambridge and London. Approximately 50 Participants will attend. Participating countries are: Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, the US, the UK.

2. Territory and eligibility

The Programme is open to individuals of the participating countries who meet all the criteria listed below. The participating countries are; Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK, USA.

To meet the Eligibility Criteria, listed below, Participants must;

Be aged between 18 and 35 years old on the 13 May 2018.

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 2018.

Be based in one of the participating countries. In this case, 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. 

Be available to travel to the UK for 11 days around the time of 22 October and 1 November 2018.

Not be currently employed by the British Council, Gradcore or The Møller Institute or be an immediate family member of a British Council, Gradcore or The Møller Institute 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

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 22 February 2018. The closing date for applications will be 23:59pm GMT on 13 May 2018.

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.

Where possible shortlisted candidates will be notified by 30 June 2018.  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 the next steps of the selection process that they should follow.

4. How to apply

The Programme will be promoted through the Future Leaders Connect website and the Websites and Social Media of the British Council offices overseas.To apply, Participants must access the application link through the application link on the Future Leaders Connect website 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, but Participants can 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 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.

Given the large number of applications we receive, the shortlisting agency will review the following questions first on each application, and will only progress the applications of those who score a competitive mark in these questions:

Question 1: Please tell us about one major global change you would like to see over the next five years. How will this impact your country? 

Question 2: How would you use policy making or influencing to achieve this change? 

The final section of approximately 2 to 4 people per country will be determined 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.  

6. Applications and process

Anyone applying for Future Leaders Connect should be aware of the following:

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.

Eligibility criteria: to be eligible to take part, you must meet all criteria listed in section 2.

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. 

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.  

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. 

How we use your personal information

If you apply to participate in the Future Leaders Connect Programme, we will need to collect and process your personal data in order to process your application. We will need to collect certain categories of personal data from you in order to process your application, including:

Name and email address

Academic and professional background

Age range

Country of residence

Those who are shortlisted or selected to take part in the programme will need to provide other personal information to aid visa applications, travel booking and taking part in the programme.

We also ask you to provide equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) information, which may include sensitive personal data/special categories of personal data such as


Information about any disability

Ethnic background

Information on religion and belief


Submission of equality and diversity information is entirely voluntary. 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 be used for monitoring of equality of opportunity and the production of depersonalised statistics but will not be used for any other purpose and will not be used as part of the shortlisting and selection process.

Your personal data may also be shared with partner organisations, for example The Møller Centre, University of Cambridge. 

You should read the Future Leaders Connect Privacy Notice, which provides further information about how we will use your personal data. You understand and agree that your personal data will be collected and further processed in accordance with the information described in the Future Leaders Connect Privacy Notice.

You will also be asked if you wish to receive further information about Future Leaders Connect including further information about the Future Leaders Connect Programme and the British Council global policy newsletter by [insert communication method here]. If you do agree to receive this information you should read the Future Leaders Connect Consent Statement. If you do not agree to receive this information, it will not affect the application process.

Privacy notice

7. Publicity and rights

The British Council may publish the names, photographs and information about 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, edit Participant biographies for consistency and publically write about the successful 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 remain the exclusive property of 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. Training and events

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 guarantee that Participants will be given a visa.

The British Council does not provide travel insurance. Any successful 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 successful 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.

10. Liability

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:

loss of or damage to property belonging to the Participant or anyone travelling with the Participant (for example, watches, jewellery, cameras or clothing); or

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

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.

11. General

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.

By participating in this Programme, Participants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.

12. Complaints

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 Participant’s attention. Participants should refer to the British Council’s Customers Services website  for further information and contact details.

13. Enquiries

Participants may direct their general inquiries to the programme dedicated email address Inquiries will be replied within 5 working days.