2016 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellowship Program

2016 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellowship Program

Deadline: March 18, 2016

The Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellowship Program seeks to empower the next generation of Pakistan’s leaders. The program identifies, cultivates, and supports young people in Pakistan who have the potential of becoming future leaders by providing resources to strengthen their engagement within civil society.

Each year, fifteen young leaders from Pakistan visit the United States to meet with policymakers, community leaders, diaspora communities, entrepreneurs, and regional experts, among others.  An online forum facilitates continued idea exchange among participants and with the broader community in Pakistan, the region, and the world.


  • The ELP Fellowship is a long-term engagement with the ELP cohort and the Atlantic Council, which launches with a 3-week study visit to the United States and continues with collaboration between fellows and annual events in Pakistan.
  • The Fellowship blends opportunities for personal development while providing young Pakistani leaders the chance to build collaborative relationships with each other and the individuals they meet while in the United States.
  • ELP Fellows also receive long-term mentoring and support from the Atlantic Council and partner organizations based in Pakistan.
  • During the US visit, Fellowship classes visit four parts of the country: New York City, Washington DC, the San Francisco Bay Area, and one city in the Midwest region.


  • Open to individuals who are passionate about bringing about social change in Pakistan, and who creatively tackle violent narratives and promote inclusion in their communities.
  • Between 18 and 30 years of age;
  • A citizen of Pakistan, residing in Pakistan;
  • Willing and able to travel to the United States;
  • Able to communicate (written & oral) in English;
  • No previous travel to North America or Europe.

Application Process

  • Application form must be completed and received by Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center by the deadline.
  • Responses cannot be saved in the electronic application form. It is therefore recommended that you draft short answers in a separate document and copy final versions into the application form to prevent losing work.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Nazia Khan, [email protected]

For more information, read FAQ or ELP Fellowship Program.