On 8 January the Swedish Institute (SI) once again opened the call for applications for Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) with the aim to find 30 young change makers from South Asia for the 2018 round of the programme. This is the sixth time SI is arranging the YCF programme. The call for applications is open between 8 January and 6 February 2018.

New programme country for 2018: Nepal

Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) is an intercultural leadership programme for young leaders from selected countries in South Asia. The programme will provide the participants with personal, professional and networking tools to help them achieve greater impact in their work for a society based on equality and sustainability. This year SI has decided to include Nepal to the list of programme countries, which means that we are reaching out to potential participants in six countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Who can apply?

We’re looking for leaders between 22 and 32 years old (born 1985 – 1996) who are working actively with democracy, sustainability, diversity and/or human rights. They should have a leading position in their work for social change. They might be an NGO leader, cultural worker, social worker, social entrepreneur, journalist, legal worker, civil servant or a youth politician. They should work in a collaborative setting, where they have a leadership role (formal or informal). Applicants must be citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka and speak excellent English.

The programme

YCF is a leadership programme for people who want to work for positive change in society – and within themselves. It is based on real experiences and collaborative learning. The expertise and experience of the participants and the challenges they face will largely determine the topics; however, they will concern the following broader issues:

  • value-based leadership and group development
  • democracy and human rights for a more equal and sustainable society
  • network society and the digital world.

Participants will learn by taking part in practical tasks, exchanging experiences and finding common solutions to global challenges.

If you are open-minded and want a real learning challenge, apply for a seat among the Young Connectors of the Future 2018! The deadline for applications is 6 February 2018.

Further information

Read more about the programme and the application process