Applications for 2017 are now closed

Future Leaders Connect - The global network for emerging policy leaders

Are you a future leader for Northern Ireland? We are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to those aged 18-35, that will enable them to connect with exceptional individuals from around the globe who have big ideas and want to change the world through policy making.

We are looking for individuals with ideas, energy and ambition who can passionately articulate their vision for global change and explain the role of policy making in helping them to achieve this.

Future Leaders Connect will give fifty young people from around the world the opportunity to meet and collaborate, and to develop policy making expertise, make valuable connections and gain skills to have real impact. 

Together they will discuss major global policy issues, engage with inspiring leaders, visit some of the UK’s leading institutions and collaborate to produce innovative policy recommendations. 

The skills, experience and connections made through Future Leaders Connect will help ambitious young people seize their leadership potential. 

The opportunity

Nine day residential programme in Cambridge and London, with various interactive workshops that will enhance existing leadership and communication skills, and share policy making best practice.

Working as an international group, together you will combine your individual expertise to collectively address some of the world’s greatest global challenges. 

Meet and engage with UK Parliamentarians, visit UK leading institutions and attend private meetings with inspiring leaders and policy makers from around the world.

A one day conference in the UK Houses of Parliament themed Fast Forward: Preparing for the World Ahead of Us. The conference will be an interactive day of discussions and debates with UK Parliamentarians addressing some of the world’s most urgent issues.  

Why apply to become a member of Future Leaders Connect? 

  • Become a member of a long-term network, connecting with other future leaders from across the world
  • Fully funded access to a nine day programme of leadership and policy skill development 
  • Enhance your professional development 
  • Opportunity to have your voice and ideas heard in the UK Houses of Parliament
  • Attend private meetings with some of the UK’s most senior leaders 
  • Visit UK leadership institutions 
  • Learn from senior policy experts and campaigners 
  • Access to future opportunities from the British Council  

How to apply 

You must be an age between 18-35.

Closing date for applications is Thursday, July 20 2017. 

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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 with senior global leaders. You must also be able to travel to London between 18th to 27th October 2017.