Who can apply?

  • People aged between 18 and 25 (at the start of the programme)
  • Candidates must be able to use English fluently (IELTS level 7 or equivalent).
  • Undergraduates/Graduates with relevant background knowledge in political science, international relations, and other social sciences.

What are we looking for in the potential members?

We are looking for exceptional individuals with enthusiasm, ideas and commitment to working out practical solutions for promoting a peaceful and cooperative South China Sea.

You should have a good knowledge about policy and policymaking.

You should be willing to engage with the Young Leaders Program 2021 network in the long-term.

Young leaders are expected to participate in as many of the eight Sessions of the Conference on Day 1 and Day 2 as possible, with specific tasks. At the end of each day, a webinar session will be hosted by the organizers to discuss the outcome of the day. The young leaders will have an opportunity to present their thoughts on the discussions of the conference, and provide their own input to the discussions.

After the webinar, each participant will submit a short paper to reflect on the whole Conference and provide their own suggestions and recommendations on the topic of their choice. Only those who submit papers would obtain Certificates of Attendance and be qualified for the possible awards, which would be conferred to the best papers submitted.

What are your benefits?

Full participation in the 13th South China Sea International Conference;

Be a part of a network of worldwide scholars from prestigious think-tanks, universities.

Opportunity to join a Writing Competition on “Reflections on the 13th South China Sea International Conference”

  • 01 Excellent Prize: 300 USD (non-tax inclusive)
  • 03 First Prize: 200 USD/award (non-tax inclusive)
  • Certificates of Attendance at the Conference for participants.

Application Information

Deadline: 23:59, November 11, 2021 (GMT+7). Application forms sent after this time will be invalid.

For more details of the Young Leaders Program 2021, please visit: https://bit.ly/TentativeAgendaYLP2021

Please visit here to complete the application form online.

If you are shortlisted, you will be sent an invitation with detailed guidelines for the conference via the email provided, so make sure your email address is correct.


Ms. Hoai Nguyen (Programme Assistant).

Email: phuonghoai.nguyen@dav.edu.vn. Viber/Whatsapp: +84 328 826 575