Emerging Young Leaders Award and Exchange Program


The Emerging Young Leaders Award will be granted to ten outstanding young leaders (ages 16-24) from across the globe.  The awardees will visit the United States for an intensive three-week program designed to recognize and support their efforts to enact positive societal transformation.

Honorees will first visit Washington, D.C. where they will be recognized in a public ceremony for their efforts. They will also participate in Global Youth Service Day events, where they will share in the value of community service. They will attend meetings with U.S. government officials and non-governmental organizations.

The awardees will then travel to cities across the United States to participate in professional meetings and engage with their American counterparts. They will visit Roanoke-Blacksburg, Austin, and Chicago. The young leaders will reconvene in Washington, D.C. to share project plans and examine ways they can collaborate and build on their experiences. 

The Emerging Young Leaders exchange program will continue in their home communities with mentoring and support through a virtual exchange. Upon their return home, the awardees will be eligible to apply for individual grants to support their work.

For more information on the 2016 Emerging Young Leaders Award Ceremony, visit eca.state.gov/eyl.

Program Length

3 Weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

There is no application for the The Emerging Young Leaders exchange program. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world.

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