The Chicago Forum on Global Cities, hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, convenes global leaders in business, civics, culture, and education to engage in a multidisciplinary dialogue. Each year, these leaders discuss critical trends facing global cities. Forum delegates represent the broad global spectrum: mayors, CEOs, university heads, scholars, architects, and civic leaders. In the past, speakers such as Madeleine Albright, Ajay Banga, and Judith Rodin have taken stage at the Forum.

We are excited to once again invite the world’s leading research universities to nominate one promising graduate student to participate in the global student delegation.

The global student delegation will be considered full forum delegates and will have access to all forum events beginning on Wednesday, June 7 through the concluding lunch on Friday, June 9, 2017


Global student delegation participants can expect to:

  • Convene with global leaders, answering and raising provocative questions about the rising influence of global cities.
  • Solve pressing global challenges with innovative global insights on topics such as inequality, security, climate change, and disruptive technologies.
  • Meet and connect with students from the world’s top research universities.
  • Leave inspired with ideas to advance beyond the event.


Inclusion in the global student delegation includes:

  • All conference fees and included meals
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Three-night hotel accommodation (June 6-9, 2017) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Next Generation delegation welcome dinner on Tuesday, June 5
  • Next Generation delegation programming morning of Wednesday, June 6

Please note roundtrip airfare to/from Chicago must be covered by the student or nominating university.


We are looking for students with the following qualifications:

  • Successful completion of undergraduate studies with a degree in international affairs, political science, economics, public policy, architecture, urban planning, environmental engineering or other related fields.
  • Current enrollment in a master’s or PhD program at the nominating institution.
  • A deep commitment to the planning and success of global cities and an interest in foreign policy and international affairs.
  • An aptitude for high-level leadership and the prospect of attaining roles with significant responsibility in the future.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be between the ages of 22-30 years old.
  • Fluency or professional proficiency in English.


Nominations are now closed. To request a visa letter of recommendation, click here.

For questions contact Vanessa Vardon at vvardon@thechicagocouncil.org.