Young Leaders Program

The Foundation’s flagship program brings together an incredible group of leaders from every possible background, all in the name of forging bonds between Europe and China.

Application guidelines

All of the application materials must be in English.

First step: Candidates should fill in online application form

Second step: submit the following documents
  • A personal statement (up to 400 words)
  • A resume
  • A copy of your photo
  • An innovative way of introducing yourself. For example, applicants have sent photo collages, power point presentations, videos (2-minute maximum), and published materials. This is a chance for you to get creative and help us get to know you!
  • OPTIONAL: One letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well in a professional or academic capacity

Key information for the 2020 Young Leaders program

The application portal for the 2019 Young Leaders program opened on August 15, 2019 and closed on November 25, 2019.  Candidates will be informed of their results in February 2020. 


Global Influence:
incredible group of leaders from different background

In this two-year program, alternating each year between Europe and China, a group of 40 Young Leaders spends five days together discussing issues of common concern, meeting with local and global specialists, and getting to know one another. The Foundation covers Young Leaders’ travel and lodging expenses for both meetings.

After two years as Young Leaders, participants join an active community of lifelong alumni. Alumni attend and organize events, use the network to advance common causes, and are encouraged to contribute to the program’s future success.


EU-CN Foundation selects rising stars younger than 45 years old (on December 31, 2019), fluent in English, from both sides of the Eurasian continent for its Young Leaders Program.

Candidates have a proven track record of substantial leadership experience, as well as a clear indication of playing a substantial role in their country, and in particular in Sino-European relations.

Candidates have a recognized record of extraordinary achievement in their area of expertise, and demonstrated a commitment to serve society through outstanding contributions.

“Young Leaders” originate: – one third from the political, administrative & military sector – one third from the business world, notably entrepreneurs – one third from arts, media, Research.

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