2019 British Council Future Leaders Connect

Deadline: May 6, 2019.

At the British Council, we are committed to developing future leaders. To prepare for the world ahead of us, the next generation of leaders must be skilled, innovative and globally connected people, able to make and respond to change with effective policy making.



Through Future Leaders Connect, they identify exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) from across the UK and around the world who could play a significant role in policy making and politics in the years ahead. If you believe you are an emerging leader with an understanding of policy making and the potential to be a senior leader then this could be the opportunity for you.

More about the types of people they are looking for:

  • You should be able to passionately explain how you want to make change in your country and how this links to your vision for global change.
  • You should have an 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, aged between 18 and 35 (on Monday 6 May 2019) and already have examples of when you have demonstrated leadership.
  • You will need to live in one of our participating countries (Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Tunisia, UK and USA) and be eligible to access a visa to come to the UK. Please be aware some of these countries have varying eligibility criteria, applications from Egypt and USA are by invitation only.
  • They 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.
  • They are looking to find a diverse group of people with different experiences, ideas and backgrounds. The programme is fully accessible for those with disabilities.
  • 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).
  • You cannot be currently employed by, or an immediate family member of, the British Council, Manpower, or the Møller Centre.


1. During your stay in the UK you will further develop your leadership skills and learn policy making expertise.

2. You will develop a deep understanding in to the policy challenges faced by those from different countries and environments. By learning from each other and by working together, you will form your policy action plans, a collaborative leadership model and refine how you convincingly pitch your policy vision for global change.

3. During the programme, you will be connected to influential leaders at the UK Houses of Parliament and UK Government institutions. You will discuss with these leaders your innovative policy ideas to tackle some of today’s biggest global challenges.

4. You will have exclusive opportunties to attend private meetings with inspirational global leaders and visit some of the UK’s leading organisations.

5. The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the programme is fully accessible.




Future Leaders Connect

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