Worldwide IRI’s McCain 2024 Leaders Fellowship for Freedom Programme.

IRI is now accepting applications to the third cohort of IRI’s McCain Fellowship for Freedom. The IRI McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) brings together young leaders from around the world to continue the legacy of IRI’s 25-year Chairman Senator John McCain of fostering a new generation of democratic leaders on every continent.

Since 2019, IRI has brought McCain’s vision of promoting political and economic freedom worldwide to life through its McCain Fellowship for Freedom. Created to honor Senator McCain’s longstanding belief that “free markets are not possible without free people,” the Fellowship brings together young leaders from around the world who are dedicated to fostering democracy and economic freedom. These leaders exchange ideas with policy makers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and other change makers to gain new insights and ideas on how to best promote democracy and citizen-centered governance. Since the program’s first iteration, IRI has hosted 16 global leaders from 15 different countries. 

Selection Criteria

McCain Fellows are rising political leaders between the ages of 21 and 40 who are committed to the promotion of political and economic freedom in their countries. They have a proven track record of leadership and accomplishment in challenging environments. They embody the potential for transformational impact in their institutions, communities and countries. Through this program, these emerging leaders will be brought into IRI’s global network across more than 100 countries, leveraging their training and contacts to catalyze their contributions to free societies. 

IRI will select up to eight young leaders who represent different regions, sectors and gender identities based on the following criteria: 

  • Between the ages of 21 and 40; 
  • Not a U.S. citizen;
  • Proficient in English;
  • Possesses robust experience in politics, government and/or private sector, with a preference for individuals with cross-sectoral experience; 
  • Demonstrates a proven history of and passion for advocating for democratic and free market reform; 
  • Maintains a position of authority and leadership within their current career and community. 

Nomination Requirements

All applicants are required to submit a letter of nomination for their participation in the McCain Fellowship for Freedom. The nominator should be someone you know well in a professional context who can speak to your qualifications for the fellowship. 

 Specific points to highlight in the nomination letter: 

  • How applicant has promoted democratic resiliency and free market principles within their community; 
  • How the applicant has demonstrated their leadership capacity and protentional to be a political changemaker within their community; and 
  • How the applicant is uniquely positioned to be an exceptional McCain Fellow and how will the fellowship benefit their development as a political changemaker. 

 The nomination letter should be no more than one page and written in English. 

For More Information,

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Application Deadline:  9:00 AM EST on November 27, 2023.

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