Emerging Leaders

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs seeks to identify Emerging Leaders who will help Chicago compete and thrive in the global era. Each year, an independent selection committee cochaired by Chicago Council Vice Chairs John F. Manley and Shirley Welsh Ryan, identifies a new class of Emerging Leaders from a competitive pool of nominated candidates. The individuals selected are among the best and the brightest new leaders in the city

Transatlantic Core Group

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in partnership with the BMW Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation, and Atlantic Council, initiated an open, participant-driven dialogue on revitalizing the transatlantic relationship. The dialogue process is determined and carried out by members of the Transatlantic Core Group, a group of young leaders from various sectors and regions in Germany and the United States.

Visiting Fellowships

In an effort to strengthen Chicago’s connections to the world, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs has established fellowships with funding from long-time philanthropic supporters. The fellowships enable the Council to bring emerging leaders from around the world to Chicago for a short period of time to exchange ideas on pressing global issues with the city’s top civic, academic, nonprofit, and corporate leaders.

Gus Hart Fellowship

Established by the Hart family in honor of Gus Hart, former chairman of the Chicago Council, this fellowship brings emerging leaders from the Latin American and Caribbean region to Chicago.

Koldyke Global Teachers Program

Patricia Blunt and Martin J. (“Mike”) Koldyke established the Koldyke Global Teachers Program in 2016 to increase the global competency of the selected teachers, increase the global citizenship of their school communities, and share best practices and key experiences among Chicago’s high school educators.

Marshall M. Bouton Asia Fellowship 

Established by the Chicago Council's board of directors in honor of Marshall M. Bouton, who served as president of the Council from 2001 to 2013, this fellowship brings to Chicago prominent scholars, former senior policymakers, or public intellectuals known for contributions to Asia’s economic and political development and/or international relations.

Dr. Scholl Foundation Visiting Fellow on US-China Relations

Established by the Dr. Scholl Foundation, this fellowship will build Chicago-China institutional ties by bringing a senior Chinese scholar, former policymaker, or other expert from a leading Chinese institution to Chicago.