Selection criteria

The Selection Committee evaluates candidates based on their ability to excel in their respective fields and their leadership potential in their country. It promotes diversity of profiles and areas of activity (business, politics, culture, media, etc.).

Candidate-specific criteria

  • In its choices, the Selection Committee seeks a balanced representation of the sectors from which the “Young Leaders” come, including politics, administration, and the military; business and entrepreneurship; arts; media; research; and the nonprofit sector

Diversity-related criteria

  • In its selection process, the Selection Committee seeks openness and social diversity as well as gender parity.

The selection process

Applications for the Young Leaders program are announced on the website of the France-Asia Foundation.

If you are interested or know a candidate whose profile might interest the France-Asia Foundation, we invite you to send a message to:


Applying, being selected for a cohort, and participating in the two seminars organized for each program is a rewarding and unforgettable experience. The seminars provide an opportunity to engage not only with another culture and top-notch speakers but also to establish lasting friendships and connections among the laureates.
Building friendships outside the professional sphere gives you an open-mindedness, a better understanding of China, and makes you more eager to invest there. Thanks to the France-Asia Foundation and the France China Foundation, one feels supported and guided, sharing both difficulties and successes.
CEO, GYS | Young Leader 2013
I greatly enjoyed the time I spent with the Young Leaders. The young leaders from various professions and cultural backgrounds - both Chinese and European - had the opportunity to share their impressive and admirable international experiences.
ZHENG Tengfei
Deputy Director, Shanghai Little Bridge School | Young Leader 2018
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