University of Oxford: Global Leadership Challenge 2023

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Challenge Overview

The University of Oxford invites students who have completed an undergraduate degree to apply for the Global Leadership Challenge 2023.

Closing date: 01 October 2023

Students or young professionals aged 21-30 years are welcome to apply by November 1st, 2023.

About the Global Leadership Challenge 2023

The Global Leadership Challenge 2023 will convene 100 young leaders selected through an open application process.

Applicants will be evaluated on their commitment to responsible leadership and passion for engaging with complex global challenges.

We are looking for a diverse group of postgraduate students and young professionals who are ready to rise to the challenges of our time and develop themselves as the responsible leaders our world desperately needs now. ​

GLC Members can participate virtually from around the world and all sessions of GLC 2023 will be fully-virtual.

What’s in it for you?

  • Become part of a diverse global community of young, responsible leaders 
  • Engage with world-renowned academics and senior business and policy leaders
  • Develop SDG action projects that address some of the most pressing global challenges using design thinking principles

  • Learn to lead in a way that not only advances personal ambition but actively seeks the wider good of society
  • Earn an official Certificate of Achievement
  • Receive bespoke leadership training and mentorship offered by the Oxford Character Project

  • Possibility to receive Entrepreneurship Coaching with EWOR Academy to build your venture
  • Win an invitation to attend the 53rd St Gallen Symposium in May 2024 as Leaders of Tomorrow, if your team is one of the top performing teams.

Eligibility criteria

  • You are a student (currently enrolled in a Masters or a PhD programme) or a young professional (aged between 21-30 years).
  • You have already demonstrated your commitment to responsible leadership through extra-curricular activities and/or work experience.

  • You have finished your undergraduate studies.
  • You are committed to investing around five half-days from 7-11 December 2023 in GLC.
  • Active participation in GLC sessions is mandatory to receive a Certificate of Achievement.

We welcome applications from around the world and from all academic disciplines.


  • Application launches on: 28 September 2023 ​
  • Deadline: 01 November 2023 ​
  • Announcement of the GLC 2023 Members: Mid November 2023


If you apply for GLC 2023, following a successful application process, you will be placed in a diverse group with four other GLC members.

Your preferences will be taken into account for the allocation of the challenge area. You can mention other applicants you’d like to be matched with in a group.​

We encourage all of you to spread the word within your network. If you have any questions, write to us at [email protected].

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