IRI’s McCain 2024 Global Leaders Fellowship for Freedom Program

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IRI is currently welcoming applications for the third cohort of the IRI McCain Fellowship for Freedom. The IRI McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) unites emerging leaders from across the globe in continuing the legacy of IRI’s Chairman, Senator John McCain, who served for 25 years, in nurturing a new generation of democratic leaders on a global scale.

Since 2019, IRI has been dedicated to transforming Senator McCain’s vision of promoting worldwide political and economic freedom into reality through the McCain Fellowship for Freedom. Established to honor Senator McCain’s unwavering belief that “free markets are not possible without free people,” the Fellowship assembles young leaders worldwide who are committed to advancing democracy and economic freedom. These leaders engage with policymakers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and fellow changemakers, exchanging ideas and insights on the most effective methods for promoting democracy and citizen-focused governance. To date, IRI has welcomed 16 global leaders from 15 different nations in the program’s previous iterations.

Selection Criteria

McCain Fellows are emerging political leaders aged between 21 and 40, deeply committed to advancing political and economic freedom in their respective countries. They possess a proven record of leadership and accomplishments, particularly in challenging environments, and represent the potential for creating transformative change within their institutions, communities, and nations. Through this initiative, these emerging leaders will become integrated into IRI’s global network, spanning more than 100 countries, allowing them to leverage their training and connections to drive positive change within free societies.

IRI will select a maximum of eight young leaders from diverse regions, sectors, and gender identities based on the following criteria:

  • Aged between 21 and 40.
  • Not a U.S. citizen.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Holds substantial experience in politics, government, and/or the private sector, with a preference for individuals with cross-sectoral exposure.
  • Demonstrates a well-established history of advocating for democratic principles and free-market reforms.
  • Holds a prominent leadership position within their current career and community.

Nomination Requirements

All applicants must provide a letter of nomination for their participation in the McCain Fellowship for Freedom. The nominator should be someone well-acquainted with the applicant within a professional context and able to vouch for their qualifications for the fellowship.

Crucial aspects to underscore in the nomination letter:

  • How the applicant has actively promoted democratic resilience and free-market principles within their community
  • How the applicant has showcased their leadership potential and their ability to drive political change within their community
  • How the applicant possesses a unique position that makes them an exceptional McCain Fellow and explains how the fellowship will contribute to their development as a political changemaker.

The nomination letter should be concise, not exceeding one page, and composed in English.

For More Information,

Application Deadline: November 27, 2023, at 9:00 AM EST

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