Future Leaders Programme

Deadline: 18 March 2015
Open to: youth aged 21-26 from all around the world
Venue: 3-4 June 2015 in Brussels, Belgium


In the framework of the European Development Days 2015, the European Commission has launched the Future Leaders Programme. Young leaders playing an active role in the fight against poverty or involved in innovative projects to address global challenges in their community are invited to apply for the Programme and get the chance to win an invitation to the 2015 edition of European Development Days, taking place in Brussels, Belgium on 3-4 June.

As a future leader, you will speak in the auditorium panel discussions, along with key political leaders, and have the opportunity to present your story to the audience, engaging with the delegations of governments and international organisations. Prior and during the forum, the future leader will have the opportunity to visit the European institutions, meet relevant development policy-makers and present practices from their regions.


Applications are open to young adults aged 21-26 from all around the world, without restriction of nationality. Applications must be submitted in one of the following official European Commission languages: English / French / Spanish / German / Portuguese. The candidate must be able to speak clearly and comprehensively in one of these languages. Passive translation will be provided if necessary during EDD15 for those languages.


The 12 finalists will be invited to speak alongside key political leaders at EDD15 in Brussels and all costs will be covered.


Interested candidates should apply online after registering HERE. The application process will involve three key stages:

  • A profile stage, where you will be asked to fill in personal details and submit a Curriculum Vitae detailing your skills, with special emphasis on leadership and public speaking skills. You will be required to present yourself and your engagement, in a short 2min video and explain why you are a good representative for your chosen topic.
  • A leadership stage, where you will be asked to state which group or organisation you will be representing during EDD15.
  • An involvement stage, where you will be asked to submit up to two examples of active commitment to a cause related to your topic of choice.

The deadline for applications is 18 March 2015.

For any enquiries please contact: youth@eudevdays.eu.

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