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Leaders Europe is a six-month, virtual leadership development journey that seeks to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from across Europe. Each Leaders Europe cohort includes up to 35 participants annually.

About the Leaders Europe Program

The Leaders Europe program identifies emerging leaders working in government, civil society, and the private sector who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good. It aims to build a growing network of innovative and values-based changemakers who seek to drive change in their communities while developing and supporting one another. Through a core set of shared values and leadership skills, the program seeks to lift up a new generation of civically active, positive role models who are prepared to create tangible solutions to the challenges in their communities, countries, Europe, and the world.

Program offerings include:

Timely conversations Over six months, Leaders come together for virtual meetings to discuss some of the most challenging issues confronting Europe with the community leaders at the forefront of them.

Skill-building trainings Tailored workshops support Leaders in identifying and activating personal values; engaging across differences and harnessing inclusive forms of power, and building skills for pragmatic, adaptive leadership over the long haul.

A community of support The program includes opportunities for Leaders to meet virtually in small groups and for one-on-one conversations to build deep, lasting relationships that will carry them through their leadership journey.

Inspirational cultural events An exciting series of virtual cultural events like live performances and stimulating conversations with artists and creative thinkers fosters a strong spirit of hope and community.

You can find the 2024-2025 Leaders Europe Frequently Asked Questions here.

How to Apply

The application for the 2024-2025 Leaders Europe programs is now closed.


ALL of the following eligibility criteria must be met by applicants in order to be accepted into the Leaders program.

Location The program currently invites individuals residing in any of the 46 Opens in a new tab and Kosovo to apply.

Citizenship and Residency You must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Citizen of an eligible country OR 

  • Permanent resident of an eligible country OR 

  • Have lived in an eligible country for at least the last 5 years, regardless of citizenship or permanent residence status 

Geographic Focus Your work is geographically focused on creating positive change for local communities, an eligible nation, and/or the broader Europe region. You demonstrate a strong commitment to continue to focus your work in the Europe region.

Leadership Experience You can demonstrate at least 3 years of relevant experience in your issue area. 

Age You will be between 24 and 45 years of age on August 26, 2024.

Language Proficiency You are professionally proficient in spoken and written English.

Political Campaigns You will refrain from participating in an electoral campaign as a candidate for political office from the time you are accepted into the program through May 1, 2025. Selection decisions are currently scheduled to be sent in July and August 2024.

Program Commitment You can commit to fully participating for the entire duration of the six-month program. The Leaders Europe program is currently scheduled to begin the week of September 2, 2024 and will conclude no later than May 1, 2025, with planned breaks throughout. Exact dates are subject to change. You must be able to attend between 8 and 12 hours of required virtual programming each month, as well as attend required leadership coaching sessions and engage in community group discussions throughout the program duration. 

Jurisdiction and Ability to Participate in a U.S.-Based Program The Obama Foundation is based in the United States. To participate in the program, you must be under no legal or regulatory restrictions that would limit your participation in virtual Foundation programming or travel to the U.S. for in-person programming (if any).

Don’t meet these eligibility requirements? Check out our other Leaders programs, our Scholars program Opens in a new tab , or the The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service.

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