Young Leaders Fully Funded Programme 2016, Belgium

Publish Date: Mar 14, 2016

Deadline: Mar 18, 2016

Event Dates: from Jun 15, 2016 12:00 to Jun 16, 2016 12:00

Become a Young Leader

Are you aged between 21 and 26 and proactive about finding solutions to the world’s most pressing problems? Are you ready to sit shoulder to shoulder with world leaders at a global forum on international development?

Apply now for your chance to be one of 16 Young Leaders at EDD 2016, speak on a high-level panel, and showcase your development work to global audiences. Young Leaders are also invited to take part in activities and workshops, share their views, draft recommendations and meet with development decision-makers from around the world.

How to apply? Applicants must show leadership and knowledge in one of the EDD 2016 topics, demonstrate expertise in their chosen field, and explain how they will represent young people at the forum.

All expenses for the 16 selected Young Leaders will be covered by the European Commission.

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Can I apply?

Are you

  • 21 - 26 years old?
  • An expert in your field?
  • Committed to solving the world's most pressing problems?
  • Willing to debate with leaders from all around the world?



Apply to be a Young Leader at EDD 2016!


How to apply ?

In order to apply for the YOUNG LEADERS programme, please submit your application by 13.00 CET 18 March 2016. Application forms are available by clicking the APPLY NOW button on the Young Leaders page. You will first need to create a profile on the website and tick the box ‘I want to apply for the Young Leaders Programme’ when creating your profile. Late applications will not be accepted. You will be applying as a speaker’s role for one of the EDD 2016 auditorium sessions, according to the topic of the panel. To complete the form, you must select the EDD topic that you wish to speak about. You must feel comfortable and knowledgeable about the topic of your choice and it must relate closely to your interests and expertise.

The application process will involve three key stages.

1. 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 also be required to present Application Process / Young Leaders Programme yourself and your engagement, in a short 2 min video and explain why you want to participate in EDD 2016 and why you would be a good representative for your chosen topic.

2. A “leadership” stage, where you will be asked to state which group or organisation you will be representing during EDD 2016. It is important to demonstrate that you will be speaking in representation of other youth or civil society organisations. This can include representing a formal organisation, a social movement, an academic institution, club, representing the conclusions of a consultation, manifesto, conference or debate process, or having been selected by other children or youth in some way. This section will require the name and full contact information of the organisation you will be representing, a brief description of your role in this organisation. You will be asked for a reference letter from someone who can testify that you are a qualified leader, including contact details.

3. An “involvement” stage, where should give up to two examples of active commitment to a cause related to your topic of choice. Your involvement can include a variety of different activities, such as building a project, conducting research, or volunteering for a cause related to your topic. You will be required to include key achievements, a project background description, and a description of your role in the project. You should outline leadership skills, commitment to the relevant topic, and future plans or ambitions in the field of the chosen topic. You will also be able to upload up to 3 supporting files for each project.

Evaluation Criteria

We will evaluate your application based on three criteria:

• 40% Your knowledge of your chosen topic and the relevance of your active engagement. We encourage candidates to show how their activities have had an impact on the community.

• 30% Your role as a representative of an organization, other youth, or community, and your leadership experience or potential.

• 30% Your public speaking skills and ability to speak at a high-level panel.

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