Chatham House Common Futures Conversations 2024 – Join the Community for Young People in Africa & Europe

Apply for the Common Futures Conversations (CFC) 2024.

Tired of feeling disconnected from politics? Feel that you have views to share on the major issues shaping our world? Chatham House is building a diverse community of young people from across Africa and Europe to join an international exchange with policymakers.

Application deadline: Monday 1 January 2024


Common Futures Conversations (CFC) is a flagship initiative that strives to create a community of young African and European community leaders and involve them and their ideas in major policy discussions. The online platform was created with a network of 27 young people from 13 countries, and builds on the youth survey they conducted in January 2019. It was developed by Chatham House and made possible by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Read more about the project and the survey.

What does joining the CFC community mean?

The platform will help you to develop your ideas on key global challenges like climate change, conflict or inequality. You will engage with experts, discuss your own experiences, network with other community leaders from across the continents, and share your ideas with high-level decision makers.

Throughout the year, our community discusses specific challenges facing Africa and Europe aimed at developing solutions which are presented during a webinar with senior decision makers or politicians.

What does participation involve?

Members will participate in challenges which are month-long dialogues on specific topics which allow participants to engage with Chatham House research, develop their own ideas and share those ideas with policymakers and politicians. A time commitment of 1-2 hours per week during challenges is recommended to ensure you get the most out of being member. This will consist of:

  • Participating in discussions on the platform
  • Attending webinars approximately twice a month during challenge periods
  • Taking part in discussions with other members at events
  • Developing ideas and supporting other members by giving feedback on their ideas

You may also be invited to other, optional events and opportunities, outside of the challenges.

Membership will be granted to accepted applicants for a term of 1 year, with the option to extend this for one additional year (for those still aged 30 or under). Thereafter, members can join an alumni network.


Who are we looking for?

You are/have:

  • Aged between 18 and 30 years old and currently living in an African or European country;
  • Good working knowledge of English;
  • Passionate, engaged and active in your local community.

We value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of protected characteristics. We aim to build a community that is as inclusive as possible and encourage applications from anyone who wants to make a difference in their community! You will not be required to have an academic qualification or have experience in or a career in policy.

Application Process

Please fill out the application form in English to register your interest in taking part. Please use an email address you always have access to.

Application deadline: Monday 1 January 2024. You will be notified of your application outcome within 6 weeks of the closing date. We may also contact you later in the year regarding related information, publications and events.

Participation in the community is voluntary.


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