Deadline: 31st March 2021

Program Duration: April 15, 2021 – August 15, 2021 (4 months)

Stipend: Up to $2,500 USD for completing all the required activities

Application is now open for the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Young Leadership Program 2021. A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, research conducted by think tanks and international bodies such as the OECD and G20 has established that young people have been disproportionately impacted by the economic, political, and social crises that have resulted from the pandemic.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) believes that youth can – and should – be engaged as key stakeholders to build more resilient and inclusive democracies and markets to enable post-COVID recovery.

Building on CIPE’s previous experience developing youth as future civic, political, and business leaders, supporting youth advocacy campaigns, and providing entrepreneurship training, the CIPE Youth Leadership Program is a four-month non-residential program that aims to:

The culmination of this program will be CIPE’s virtual global conference focused on youth engagement with private enterprise and democracy, as well as COVID-related challenges that disproportionately affect young people and proposed solutions. This event will coincide with International Youth Day, August 12, 2021, and will serve as a venue for CIPE Youth Leaders to showcase the advocacy and research conducted during the program

Theme: Youth Engagement with Private Enterprise and Democracy


NOTE: The topics under each sub-theme are meant to guide thinking and spark ideas; applicants are free to propose a project that combines several of these topics, or to propose a different topic they believe is relevant to either sub-theme.

Youth and Private Enterprise

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Youth and Democracy

Required Activities of Program Participants

1. Advocacy or Research Project

Examples of what projects might entail include (but are not limited to):

2. Thought Leadership and Communications

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Program participants must be between the ages of 18-25 at the time of application. Preference will be given to individuals from non-OECD countries. Applicants must have:


Five program participants will be selected for the CIPE Youth Leadership Program and will receive up to $2,500 USD for completing all the required activities based on the extent of the proposed project and associated expenses.


For more information visit the official webpage of CIPE Youth Leadership Program 2021

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