We are excited to announce the first call for applications to our new Emerging International Leaders Programme on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), funded by the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The programme responds to the fact that around three-quarters of the world’s population lives in countries that restrict such freedoms or fail to protect them. It aims to equip future leaders and opinion formers with the skills and insight necessary to drive debate, influence policy and build a powerful global network.

Applications are welcomed from scholars on the Commonwealth Scholarship and Chevening Scholarship schemes, with a closing date of 25 November 2016.

Fifty high-potential candidates will be selected to take part each year and they will be supported in gaining an in-depth understanding of the importance of FoRB, and become empowered to become advocates of human rights in their universities and home countries.

Student retreats

The Emerging International Leaders Programme addresses freedom of religion or belief in a contemporary, global context and offers postgraduate students the opportunity to engage in a multi-disciplinary discussion with academics, advocates, policy makers, activists and their peers. It will be delivered through three residential retreats at Cumberland Lodge in 2017.

The retreats will encompass lectures, workshops, and peer-to-peer learning and will consider the significance of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, examine the position of religion in the public square, explore religious literacy and inter-faith dialogue, and assess practical responses to violations of freedom of religion or belief worldwide. 

For further information, and to apply, please click here.