The British Council launched applications last week for its Future Leaders Connect program which, now in its second year, aims to create a global network of aspiring policy leaders. Working with its overseas delegations in participating countries, the British Council is looking for young people with a lot of potential but not necessarily only those coming from the top universities or with an existing background in policy.
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Karina Izquierdo, one of last year’s finalists from Mexico, has a background in architecture but was increasingly interested in urban public policy and saw that the program could help her work more in this space. Although she hadn’t initially considered herself a “leader,” Izquierdo says the program brought together young people from a range of backgrounds who were interested in or involved in politics, and in leading change in some way.
Last year, the British Council selected 50 participants from over 10,000 applications globally. Read on to learn what they look for in applicants, how you can be competitive, and what to expect from the program.
Applicants must first complete four mini-essay style questions explaining what global challenges they would like to see addressed over the next five years and how they would use policy to affect this change.