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IOC Young Leaders Program | Application Process

Last updated: Dec 9, 2022

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Target: All Nationalities,

Award Value: CHF 10,000,

Host Institution: International Olympic Committee


December 31

IOC Young Leaders Program | Application ProcessApplications for the IOC Young Leaders programme is now invited. The programme is delivered over four years to give participants sufficient time to go through the phases of developing a social business/project that provides a localised sport-based solution to a pressing challenge in their respective communities.

Each year of the programme is designed around the development of the young leader and their sport-based social business/project.

Programme Description

The learning journey the IOC Young Leaders programme encompasses a wide range of subjects and experts, in areas such as human centred-design, prototyping, ecosystem mapping, leadership skills, customer segmentation, public relations, fundraising, impact measurement, user research, user testing, digital communications and finance.

The four-year programme has a blended approach, combining virtual sessions and discussions, community spaces and learning through in-person and networking experiences. Most of the monthly learning will be online, and will include expert sessions, sharing of practical resources, connect group sessions and self-directed learning activities.


Each of the IOC Young Leaders receive:

  • CHF 10,000 seed-funding delivered over the four years.
  • Monthly expert-led workshops and guidance.
  • Access to thought-leaders and inspirational figures.
  • Exclusive invitation to attend the bi-annual IOC Youth Summit.
  • Invitations to attend and speak at global gatherings.
  • Networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.
  • Leadership coaching.
  • A dedicated team on hand to provide support

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Eligibility Criteria

The programme looks to invest in and work with an exceptional group of young leaders who have the passion to solve local problems through grassroots sport-based initiatives and sustainable social business models – with different backgrounds, perspectives, skillsets, motivations and experiences.

The IOC Young Leaders eligibility:

  • 20-28 years old.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Passion for sport as a tool for social and economic change.
  • Interest in community action.
  • Knowledge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Strong communicator and team player willing to learn and grow.
  • Comfortable in managing social media, and new technologies and platforms

This programme is for you if you want to:

  • Turn ideation and research into real action and development of solutions.
  • Become a more effective and stronger leader in sport and social business (or a sport and social business entrepreneur).
  • Drive local transformative change in and through sport.
  • Represent and embody the Olympic values in action.
  • Commit to a four-year entrepreneurial journey.
  • Be both a mentee and a mentor through a comprehensive mentorship programme.
  • Collaborate with fellow young leaders, experts, researchers, sports leaders and social business entrepreneurs

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Application Procedure

The process for selecting the IOC Young Leaders for 2023-2026 consists of two stages: the 4-Week Learning Sprint and the IOC Young Leaders Programme Application Process.


Completion of the 4-Week Learning Sprint is the first prerequisite for a candidate to be eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Programme.

Registration for the 4-Week Learning sprint opens on 15 September and closes on 20 October 2022.

The four sessions of the 4-Week Learning Sprint will take place in November: every Tuesday starting on 8 November.

Learning material of the 4-Week Learning Sprint, including session recordings can be found on the Learning Hub


After successfully completing the 4-Week Learning Sprint (Certificate of Participation earned), a candidate becomes eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Programme.

The application process opens on 5 December and closes on 31 December.

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