Our Emerging International Leaders Programme on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) will equip future leaders and opinion formers with the skills and insight necessary to drive debate, influence policy and build a powerful global network.
It 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 empower scholars to become advocates of human rights in their universities and home countries.
The programme is open to postgraduate students who are scholars on the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme and the Chevening Scholarship Scheme. Every year, 50 high-potential candidates are selected and supported with gaining an in-depth understanding of the importance of the freedom of religion or belief.
Each year, a selected cohort of 50 participants explore FoRB in a contemporary, global context, focusing on:
- Why is freedom of religion or belief important?
- How does freedom of religion or belief intersect with other freedoms?
- What are the successes/failings of existing national and international policies on freedom of religion or belief?
- How can existing human rights frameworks be supplemented, supported and implemented?
There are also ongoing networking opportunities to encourage collaboration and dialogue throughout the year and beyond the scope of the year-long programme itself.