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HOW TO APPLY

There are three stages to the application process

1) Online application 

Complete your online application by Sunday 14th May 2017, 23.59pm (GMT).

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ link below and complete your online application, this will take you approximately one hour. You cannot save the application once you start it, therefore we suggest that you allocate enough time to complete the application all at once, or you work on your application outside of the system and when you are happy with it submit it online. Your online application must be completed in English. 

The main questions we will ask you as part of the applications are:

  • Please tell us about one significant success you achieved while demonstrating leadership. Please tell us in no more than 250 words.
  • Please tell us about one major global change you would like to see over the next 5 years. How will this impact your country? Please tell us in no more than 500 words.
  • How would you use policy making or influencing to achieve this change? Please tell us in no more than 500 words.
  • Please tell us how you might be able to cascade or share what you learn as part of this programme. What networks or groups might you share this with? Please tell us in no more than 250 words.

Deadline for online applications is Sunday 14th May 2017, 23.59 (GMT). 

If you have been unsuccessful at this stage you will be notified by us via email, we would encourage you to reapply next year should you still meet the eligibility requirements. We also recommend that you apply to other British Council programmes. All opportunities are advertised via our website www.britishcouncil.org and our social media.

You will be notified if you have been placed on the reserves list.

2) Finalists take part in events in their country

At this stage we will let you know if your application has been shortlisted or not.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interviews and/or local event in your country (dates to be shared with those shortlisted). You will be invited to attend a local event or interview where you will have the opportunity to present your policy ideas to a panel of experts. Unfortunately if you are unable to attend this event your application cannot be progressed.

3) Future Leaders Connect members travel to the UK, nine days of development opportunities

At the country events we will make our final decision on who will be accepted to join Future Leaders Connect in the UK. The successful applicants will be notified and informed of all the information they need to know. Successful applicants will be asked to sign an agreement outlining their involvement and commitment to Future Leaders Connect. You will be expected to prepare to take part in conversations at the Conference in Parliament, as well as for the development sessions beforehand, where participants will share their experiences and expertise with each other. Before traveling to the UK, you will also have to apply for visas for travel and be in contact with the British Council on an on-going basis regarding logistics.

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Find below all of the Terms and Conditions for Future Leaders Connect:

The programme /eligibility/application dates

Anyone applying for Future Leaders Connect should be aware of the following:

The Future Leaders Connect Programme aims to provide future leaders with skills and international networks which will improve their ability to make or influence policy changes, leading to long term impact on the social and economic development in their countries and beyond.

The project is being undertaken to support the development of future policy makers in key countries, aiming to help them become exceptional leaders. The Programme is run by the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, United Kingdom.

As a part of the programme, those who are selected will be required to travel to the UK from 18-27 October 2017. 

1.      The Programme

Future Leaders Connect (the Programme) is where exceptional young people from around the world will join a long-term network of emerging policy leaders. They will develop their policy making expertise, make valuable connections and gain the skills to have real impact. Together they will discuss major global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament, engage with inspiring leaders, visit some of the UK’s leading global institutions and collaborate to produce innovative policy recommendations. The skills, experience and connections they make through Future Leaders Connect will support them to seize their leadership potential. 

Participants will come to the UK for approximately nine days between 18-27 October 2017, and stay in Cambridge and London. The conference will be held in the Houses of Parliament. Approximately 50 participants will attend.

The Programme is run by the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, United Kingdom.

2.      Territory and eligibility

The Programme is open to individuals of the participating countries who meet all the criteria below:

• Aged between 18 and 35 years old on the 14 May 2017.

• Be able to speak English at IELTS level 6 or equivalent (Generally you 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).

• Hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from November 2017.

• Be based in one of the participating countries.

• Be available to travel to the UK for 9 days around the time of 18-27 October 2017.

• The applicant should not be currently employed by the British Council or be an immediate family member of a British Council employee. (In this case immediate family member is defined as one's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings and immediate in-laws (mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Adopted children and stepchildren are also counted as immediate family members.)

Entry to the Programme is free of charge. The British Council shall arrange and pay for the travel of participants to the Programme in the UK. During the duration of the Programme participants will be provided with free accommodation and food. 

3.      Programme application dates

Applications will be open on 15 March, 2017 in the UK and overseas. The closing date for applications will be 23:59pm GMT on 14 May 2017. For people applying from Morocco and Tunisia the closing date will be 23.59pm GMT on 30 April 2017.

The British Council reserves the right to extend the closing date. Any entry received before the opening date or after the closing date will not be included in the selection process. The British Council accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any system, server, provider or otherwise that may result in any entry being lost, delayed or not properly registered.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 30 June 2017. This notification will be made to the email address provided by the participant when applying for the Programme in accordance with section 4 of this document. In this notification, the British Council will inform each candidate about the outcome of their application and the next steps of the selection process that they should follow.

How to apply/selection process

How to apply

The Programme will be promoted through the Future Leaders Connect website www.britishcouncil.org/future-leaders-connect and the Websites and Social Media of the British Council offices overseas.To apply, participants must access the application link through the Eventsforce application tool and then follow these steps:

  •     Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions 
  •     Answer the contact and eligibility questions
  •     Provide personal data
  •     Answer the professional and academic background questions
  •     Answer the Application Questions
  •     Answer EDI questions (this is not compulsory)
  •     Complete needs assessment questions
  •     Submit the application form

Participants are responsible for ensuring they complete the form fully and correctly. Once submitted, there is no option to change or edit the entry. The participants cannot save and return to their application later.

Proof of identity and references will be required at a later date.

5.      Selection Process

In most cases the applications will be reviewed by Gradcore Ltd, an external agency, based on the Programme selection criteria provided by the British Council. Gradcore Ltd will provide a shortlist of approximately 30 candidates per country to the British Council which will then be forwarded to the relevant British Council country offices for final section. In some countries a local agency may be contracted to review applications initially. This will not affect the way your data is handled.

The final section of approximately 2 to 4 applicants per country will be done through interviews and events. The process may differ slightly in each country, but in all cases this will be communicated to Participants in advance and selection will be made based on a shared set of criteria. In many cases the final decision will be made by a panel of British Council representatives and external stakeholders. All decisions of the panel will be final and binding.

The successful applicants will be asked as a part of their long term development to stay connected to the Future Leaders Connect network and to the British Council, and to make themselves available for any further face to face or online learning opportunities as well sharing their learning and experience with their peers after their return to their home countries.  

Personal data (part 1)

6. Personal data

Anyone applying for Future Leaders Connect should be aware of the following:

i. Application: your application should be accurate, not omit any facts that are relevant and not be misleading. If we find that there are significant errors or omissions in the information you have supplied to us in the course of your application you will not be offered a place in the programme, or we will terminate your application.

ii. Eligibility criteria: to be eligible to take part, you must be:

• Aged between 18 and 35 years old.

• Be able to speak English at IELTS level 6 or equivalent (Generally you 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.)

• Hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from November 2017.

• Be based in one of the participating countries.

• Be available to travel to the UK for 9 days around the time from 18-27 October 2017.

• The applicant should not be currently employed by the British Council or be an immediate family member of a British Council employee. (In this case immediate family member is defined as one's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings and immediate in-laws (mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Adopted children and stepchildren also counted as immediate family members.)

iii. Selection: the selection process will be fair. No applicant will have, or should seek or accept, any unfair advantage.  No member of the British Council or its partners involved in the process will unfairly promote or disadvantage the interests of any applicant. If we find that you have secured an unfair advantage in the selection process we reserve the right not to offer you a place, or withdraw or terminate your application. If you are shortlisted we will ask you to provide references and documentation to prove your identity.

iv. UK visa and entry clearance: your UK visa application will be processed through your local British Embassy who have the discretion to decide whether to approve or reject your UK visa application. The British Council will provide you with the necessary supporting documents but cannot guarantee the outcome of your visa application. 

v. Changes of circumstances: if your circumstances change by an event or events that are genuinely beyond your control, or in ways that are generally unexpected, or you change your mind after you are selected, you should contact us immediately.

Personal data (part 2)

How we use your personal information:

The British Council will collect and use your personal information as part of the Future Leaders Connect Programme application. This will include name, age bracket, the country in which you are based, your level on English language and whether you hold any qualifications in English. We will also ask you to provide information confirming that you meet the eligibility criteria for the programme. To help us shortlist applicants, we will also ask for information on your policy ideas, your experience as a leader and your professional and academic background. We will ask you to provide this information through Eventsforce.

Applicants will also be asked, but not required, to submit equality and diversity information. This data will be gathered electronically along with other the application information and will include personal information about ethnicity, gender, disability (if any). This will be used for the purposes of monitoring equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, and anonymous statistics that will be used internally by the British Council. If you decide not to provide equality and diversity information, it will not affect the selection process.

If applicants submit equality and diversity information, it will be collected on a form and separated as soon as possible to preserve anonymity. Equality and diversity information will not be used for any other purpose, and will not be used as part of the shortlisting and selection process.

To help us plan the training we provide to best suit the needs of our Participants, and to measure our impact, we will ask questions at the end of the application process about applicant’s skill level, about any experiences applicants have had with international leadership programmes, and for perspectives of the UK. None of the answers to these questions will be used as part of the shortlisting and selection process, however they will be used to measure successful applicants development though the Programme.

Applicants acknowledge and agree that the British Council may, at any point during the selection process and after, and on any number of occasions, carry out searches of relevant third party screening databases (each a “Screening Database”). Notice will be given to applicants along with clarity on what information will be required and how this will be used. Applicants shall provide the British Council with all information reasonably requested by the British Council to complete the screening searches. This may affect applicants eligibility, should the applicant be listed in a Screening Database.

All applicant information held by the British Council will be securely deleted in accordance with British Council data retention policies.

For further information about how we use your personal information, please use the following link: https://www.britishcouncil.org/privacy-cookies/data-protection

 Where an applicant has consented to the British Council doing so, the British Council may contact the applicant using the personal data collected to provide information about the goods, services, courses or promotions that the British Council offers.

By participating in the Programme, participants consent to their personal data being processed by the British Council in accordance with, and for the purposes set out in, this section 6.

 Participants can exercise their rights to access their personal data held by the British Council and withdraw their consent to the processing of their personal data by sending an email, accompanied by a scanned photocopy of their valid passport to: futureleadersconnect@britishcouncil.org