Could your bright idea and drive win you a place on a prestigious leadership course in the UK?


  • The British Council seeks exceptional leaders aged 18-35 to join a nine-day workshop in the UK to learn from global policy experts and inspirational leaders.


  • Successful applicants will take part in events in their countries to win their place among 50 people from thirteen countries on the Future Leaders Connect programme.

The search is on for a new generation of leaders from around the world to take part in an intensive policy and leadership development course.

Future Leaders Connect, will give 50 young high-achievers nine days of leadership learning experience, culminating in a series of exclusive workshops and meetings in the UK Houses of Parliament.

The British Council programme is open to applicants from Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK, and USA.

Participants last year presented their policy ideas at 10 Downing Street, had meetings at the BBC and the Houses of Parliament and discussed global challenges with former heads of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon and Kofi Annan.

During the programme they took part in seminars on policy-making and leadership skills, learning the techniques that effect real change.

This year’s applicants will be asked what their unique policy ideas are and why they have what it takes to be a global leader.

Applications must be submitted online before Sunday 13 May 2018 23.59 (UK time) via

The programme will take future leaders to Cambridge and London in October, with costs covered by the British Council.

Future Leaders Connect is a long-term project to create a community of emerging leaders from around the world who have spent time in the UK developing their capacity to be effective policy leaders, and have a connection with the UK’s culture and institutions.


About Future Leaders Connect

Future Leaders Connect is the British Council’s long-term global network of emerging policy leaders. We identify exceptional young leaders through a vigorous application process, where they demonstrate their potential to make substantial change in their countries and beyond. All Future Leaders Connect members come together in the UK where we provide them with an advanced policy and leadership development programme at, the University of Cambridge, combined with access to the UK Houses of Parliament, private meetings with inspirational leaders and visits to world renowned institutions.