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Application Deadline: April 14th at 23:59 GMT.



Are you a young leader from Latin America or the UK hoping to use science, policy and innovation to make a difference in the world? 

We are selecting 150 Future Leaders to take part in the Shaping Horizons Summit and Action Programme, in which they will engage with senior world leaders discuss, develop and deliver solutions to challenges faced by the two regions within the themes of Fourth Industrial Revolution, Social Challenges, Humans and Nature, and Our Shared Future.

All Future Leaders attend the Summit at the University of Cambridge for a registration fee of 150 GBP which covers accommodation and food during all organised events of the Summit. Future Leaders are expected to cover their travel to Cambridge themselves. However, in the case of financial need, a very limited amount of scholarships will be made available for a select number of delegates to waive the fee and/or cover flights. Succesful applicants are strongly encouraged to search for external sponsors and will be provided material for doing so.


As a Future Leader taking part in Shaping Horizons, you will helpcreate evidence-based policy reports for governments on issues covered at the summit. Furthermore, you will design and pitch a project within the themes of Shaping Horizons which can be implemented by young leaders in both regions under mentorship by Cambridge academics and Shaping Horizons partners. Finally, you will become a part of a bilateral network of leaders tackling some of the most pressing problems facing the UK and Latin America.

After the summit and as a part of the action programme, Future Leaders will continue to develop their projects and implement them upon the return to their home cities. The projects that prove traction are eligible to receive further mentorship and economic support if the Future Leaders involved wish to scale up their solution.


To be eligible to apply, you must 

  • be 18 years old at the time of applying and not yet have turned 33 on the first day of the summit 
  • have a strong connection to Latin America or the UK through citizenship and/or through significant residency in the region 
  • be a young leader in your field

The application form consists of a series of questions about why you should be considered a Future Leader, andwhat insights you have into the themes of Shaping Horizons. You will also be required to submit an up to 90 second video about how you see the connection between science, policy and innovation

For more information :

Visit the official webpage of SHAPING HORIZONS

Abiola is one of the team members at

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