APPLY: Merit Next Year-long Leadership Development Program 2014/15

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Merit Next is a year-long leadership development program for 120 young people of merit from around the world selected after completing a series of global challenges designed to showcase their commitment to making a positive impact in their community. Merit Next imagines a world that gives everyone an opportunity to develop and to use their talent. They will raise your aspirations and help you find global peers, resources, mentors, and inspiration.

How it works

In June 2014, the Merit Next Fellows will convene in the U.K. (London & Liverpool) for two weeks of inspiration, aspiration assessment, and team building. Before departing for their home countries, the participants will be divided into 10 teams and assigned a project to find an innovative and sustainable market-driven solution to a pressing global concern (e.g., environmental sustainability, access to health care and education, childhood hunger, and youth unemployment).

For the next 11 months, the Fellows will engage virtually in weekly project collaborations, online training and education, and one-on-one mentoring designed to support personal and professional life plans. In June 2015, the group will reconvene in the U.S. (NYC & Washington, DC) to present their final reports to a panel of entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists; the winning project will be highlighted in the Merit Next global media campaign.


This program is open to young leaders from every country and any background, based on merit.

How to Apply

To sign up, visit the website, click “Sign up” and follow the instructions.

Send your questions to the organizers at [email protected] or [email protected]. Read further details in the full terms and conditions.

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