Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Future Leaders Connect 2019 in London, UK (Fully Funded)

As a member of Future Leaders Connect, you will travel to the UK for ten days of advanced policy and leadership development programme at leading institutions. You will discuss today’s biggest global challenges in the UK Houses of Parliament, meet inspirational leaders and the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Following your time in the UK you will have worldwide connections, a policy action plan for change and the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be an influential leader in your country and beyond. 

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The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the programme is fully accessible. For those who do not gain one of the exclusive places on the programme (which takes place from 21 October to 1 Novermber in the UK), you will be invited to be part of the Future Leaders Connect Community where you can access a range of free online professional development policy and leadership resources.

  • Live in one of our participating countries - Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Tunisia, UK and USA. Applications from Egypt and USA are by invitation only.
  • Be aged 18-35 (on 6 May 2019).
  • Be able to speak and understand English (you do not need the official qualification, but you must be able to speak English at IELTS level 7 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).
  • Have availability to travel to the UK from 21 October to 1 November 2019.
  • Have a passport valid for at least six months from October 2019 and be eligible to access a visa to come to the UK.
  • You cannot be currently employed by, or an immediate family member of, the British Council or the Møller Centre.
More about the types of people we are looking for:
  • You should be able to explain how you want to make change in your country and how this links to your vision for global change.
  • You should have a good 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 and already have examples of when you have demonstrated leadership.
  • 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.

How to Apply:
Please visit HERE for applying

You cannot save your application and come back to it at a later date, the whole application must be done in one go.
There are four main questions in the application and we recommend that you work on your responses to these questions offline.
These questions are as follows:
  • In no more than 300 words, please tell us about a time that you used your leadership skills to achieve a successful outcome, ideally related to policy making.
    Top scoring applicants will provide an example which evidences:
    • Influence and leadership, shaping and promoting positive behaviours
    • Engagement and influencing skills, including how you inspired others to engage and achieve the outcome
    • An outcome or change that had both scale and impact.
  • 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.
    Top scoring applicants will:
    • Explain the impact this would have globally and on the country they live in
    • Use this answer to demonstrate understanding of how policy chance occurs
    • Explain how they would be involved in making the policy change happen and how this will have an impact, both on the country they live in and internationally.
  • In no more than 200 words, please provide your biggest achievement in either your professional or voluntary experience, ideally related to policy making.
  • In no more than 150 words, please tell us about any awards publications or projects which we should take into account.

06 May 2019, 23.59 UK time.