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Applications Open for the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program!

The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the OCP Policy Center are proud to announce the fifth edition of the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program. Held under the theme “Changing Mental Maps: Strategies for an Atlantic in Transition,” this unique opportunity for rising leaders will take place December 12-16, 2016, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The program will precede and include The Atlantic Dialogues.

The Atlantic Dialogues

Launched in 2012, The Atlantic Dialogues is a leading annual forum for decision-makers to discuss global issues and partnerships, with an emphasis on the Southern Atlantic and transatlantic relations beyond North-North lines. This high-level gathering is a unique opportunity for leaders from the four continents of the Atlantic to debate the changing dynamics across the wider basin and help shape the transatlantic agenda.

The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program

Changing mental maps and asserting an Atlantic vision can only be reinforced when the next generation of leaders is given a place at the table to challenge the established perspectives and push the conversations forward. Over the two days of the program, the 2016 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program combines policy workshops, creative thinking, professional leadership training, peer-to-peer learning, and opportunities for networking and exchange. The emerging leaders will then be invited to participate in The Atlantic Dialogues conference. The organizers will provide selected emerging leaders the opportunity to contribute to panels during The Atlantic Dialogues based on their expertise and experience in order to foster real intergenerational dialogue. The 2016 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program will conclude with a closing session on December 16, 2016.

Through discussions and debates with peers as well as with established policy, business and civil society leaders, the selected pace shapers will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, sharpen their skills, and network with the other members of this growing community.

The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders — Application Process

This call for applications is open to ascending leaders who have demonstrated leadership in their sector, are dedicated to strengthening ties across the Atlantic, have a desire to effect real and lasting change, and engage with and have an impact on the regional, transatlantic, and global agenda. The Emerging Leaders are chosen for their outstanding achievements as well as for their engagement on social and economic issues facing the Atlantic region

Applicants must be between the ages of 23 (inclusive) and 35 (inclusive) on the day that applications for the fellowship open, which is July 14, 2016. Candidates must be citizens of a participating country — for more see below — and need to speak English proficiently. Candidates must be available for the full five days of programing.

Candidates must be citizens of countries in these regions: Africa; North, Central, or South America; the Caribbean; or the European Union.

Applicants should send their current resume or CV in PDF format and a personal statement of no more than 250 words explaining the reasons for their application and how they will contribute to and benefit from the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program.

Please fill out your application

GMF and the OCP Policy Center will accept applications until September 12, 2016. If you have any additional questions, please email Danielle Piatkiewicz at  and Nisrine Ouazzani at

For the selected applicants, the organizers will be pleased to cover hotel, meals, and local travel during the event. We also have limited funds available for travel assistance for the selected emerging leaders.

The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders — Previous Programs

The agenda, session descriptions, and participant bios from the 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program are available here.

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