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The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the OCP Policy Center are organizing the 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program, a unique opportunity for rising leaders, taking place October 28-November 1, 2015, 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

The 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program will bring together 40 rising leaders from around the Atlantic Basin. Over the two days of the program, sessions combine 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 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program will conclude with a closing session on November 1, 2015.

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.

Applicants must be between the ages of 23 (inclusive) and 35 (inclusive) on the day that applications for the fellowship open, which is July 13, 2015. Candidates must be citizens of a participating country — for more see below — and need to speak English proficiently. Candidates should be available for the full five days of programming.

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.

The call for applications has closed. 

GMF and the OCP Policy Center will accept applications until August 9, 2015. If you have any additional questions, please email Madeleine Goerg 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 2014 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program are available here.

At the end of a full immersion in the conference, Emerging Leaders are warmly invited to submit their views on specific issues relevant to their areas of expertise, targeted at advancing Atlantic cooperation. Former Emerging Leaders’ views are available here.

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