2014 Future Leaders Summit in London, UK

Deadline:  22 July 2014
Open to: participants between the ages of 25 and 35 years old from NATO member or partner countries (see HERE)
Venue: 3-6 September 2014, London, UK


The Atlantic Council is now accepting applications for the second round of its 2014 Future Leaders Summit recruitment. Exceptional leaders between 25 and 35 years of age from select NATO member and partner countries are encouraged to apply. We are currently recruiting from the United Kingdom and from countries not already represented in the 2014 Emerging Leaders Working Group. In 2014, the United Kingdom will become the center of the political world as it hosts the NATO Summit. Heads of state and government, top diplomats, military commanders, and other international leaders will convene to make decisions that will affect the global economy and geopolitical landscape. The British government and NATO have invited the Atlantic Council to host a high-profile future leaders event alongside the official summit.

Organized in partnership with the Atlantic Treaty Association and Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom, the 2014 Future Leaders Summit will be the primary public diplomacy event of the NATO Summit and serve to connect emerging leaders from North America, Europe, and other regions with one another, the Alliance’s current leaders, and a network of likeminded peers. Summit delegates will have unique access to programming inside the Celtic Manor estate, the official NATO Summit site, and opportunities to engage directly with senior Alliance leaders in attendance.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Between 25 and 35 years of age
  • Citizenship of one of the NATO member or partner countries (see HERE)
  • Past experience relating to: security or defense policy; democratic transitions; international law; international energy policy; journalism; electoral politics; humanitarian issues; or any other fields of relevance to the transatlantic partnership
  • Working knowledge of English (ability to participate in substantive discussions during the summit in English)
  • An interest in long-term engagement with peers on issues pertaining to transatlantic relations
  • Applicants who have previously participated in a Young Atlanticist Summit are not eligible to apply for this opportunity
  • Applicants who participated in the first round of applications for the 2014 Emerging Leaders Working Group may reapply in this round of applications


The Atlantic Council will provide accommodations and group meals for participants during the summit and will provide travel subsidies to help offset the cost of flights. Delegates will have a private room with ensuite shower and private bathroom at the University of South Wales Treforest campus dormitories (the university offers the closest available accommodations to the summit site). Tentative travel dates include arriving in London on September 3 and departing from London on September 6. Delegates will be responsible for arranging and covering the cost of taxi or public transportation to/from the airport in their home country as well as any incidental expenses associated with travel or accommodation.


To be considered for this program, interested parties should submit the following materials to yanapplications@acus.orgno later than 11:59pm UTC on July 22, 2014:

  • Current CV, including nationality and age;
  • Application form and essays

The official web-page.


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