Apply to the Program

Key information for the upcoming Young Leaders Program

— Apply to the Program

2024 cycle: Applications to the 2024 program will open on January 16th, 2024 and will close on March 22nd, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET. A link to the application portal will be available on this page on January 16th, 2024. Those who are selected for an interview will be notified in April 2024 and will be updated regarding the status of their candidacy by mid-June 2024. The 2024 class will be selected and announced mid- to late-June 2024.

Young Leaders attend two 5-day meetings over the course of two years, one in France and one in the United States, held during late October each year. The 2024 Young Leaders seminar will be held in Miami, Florida from October 21-26, 2024. Participants are asked to reserve these dates on their calendars. Those who are unable to attend the October seminar will not be selected as Young Leaders. The Foundation covers the travel and lodging expenses of the Young Leaders for the two meetings. To learn more about past Young Leaders seminars and events, click here.

— Eligibility

New members to each US class of Young Leaders are selected via a highly competitive application process. All interested candidates who meet the eligibility requirements are welcome to submit an application to the French-American Foundation—United States online via the link at the top of this page, which will become available when the application portal opens in January 2024.

Applicants to the 2024 Young Leaders program will be eligible to apply if they:

  • Are between 30 and 40 years old at the time of applying.
  • Are living and working in the United States, with US citizenship or US residency established. Candidates who live and work in France, or who are planning to do so, should apply to the French-American Foundation–France’s Young Leaders Program.
  • Demonstrate an outstanding level of leadership in their field and a desire to meaningfully contribute to transatlantic dialogue.
  • Commit to attending the full portion of the annual October seminar in France and the US.

The jury evaluates candidates based on their past leadership experience, their potential to attain the highest level of leadership in their chosen profession, and their ability to contribute to the enrichment of today’s world. Of equal importance are a candidate’s enthusiasm to participate in the program and their interest in being an active member of the Young Leaders alumni community. The French-American Foundation also aims to select Young Leaders with diverse experiences, enabling program participants to develop relationships with French and American leaders across a range of backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Please note: Membership in the French-American Foundation’s Transatlantic Forum does not influence a candidate’s application to the Young Leaders program. Although members of the Forum may apply and be accepted to the Young Leaders program, the admissions processes are not linked. Participation in one does not guarantee access to the other.

Application guidelines

Applications to the 2024 program will open in mid-January 2024 and will close in late March 2024. All application materials must be in English.

Candidates should submit:

  1. An online application form (accessible via the “click here to apply” link at the top of this page, viewable on January 16th, 2024)
  2. A 1-2 page personal statement describing who you are and your motivation to join the program.
  3. A resume.
  4. A copy of your passport photo page.
  5. An innovative way of introducing yourself. For example, applicants have sent photo collages, power point presentations, videos (2-minutes maximum), creative writings, and so on. This is a chance for you to get creative and help us get to know you beyond your resume.
  6. A letter of recommendation from a colleague, mentor, boss, etc., with whom you have worked closely and knows you in a personal and professional capacity.*

*Please note: although letters of recommendation have been optional in the past few years, they will be a required component of the application going forward.

— Selection Process

The selection process takes place in four phases, from April to June:

  • Phase One: The Foundation advances the top half to two-thirds of applications to interviewers.
  • Phase Two: Interviewers, who are comprised of Board Members and alumni of the Young Leaders program, interview selected candidates, either in-person or by phone.
  • Phase Three: The Young Leaders selection committee, made up of a group of alumni from a diverse range of classes and sectors, reviews applications and interview comments, and votes on candidates.
  • Phase Four: The selection committee meets to make final decisions regarding the class. Candidates will be notified by mid-June of 2024.

— Young Leaders Responsibilities Charter

The mission of the program is to build lasting ties between leaders on both sides of the Atlantic — during the program, and also by engaging with the broader Young Leaders alumni community. The Foundation organizes events, panels and get-togethers throughout the year, both online and in person. Even though Young Leaders live in various cities, we ask that Young Leaders remain engaged in the community and contribute to the activities of the Foundation during the two-year program (and beyond!). For more information, please see the Young Leaders Responsibilities Charter. The Foundation reserves the right to withdraw a Young Leader from the program if they do not abide by the charter.