The Kectil Program Developing Countries Youth Leadership

The Kectil Program was created to identify and nurture highly talented youth in developing countries who have the potential to make a positive difference in their communities and countries.

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The title “Kectil” refers to the “Knowles Educational and Charitable Trust for International Leadership”. We are pleased to announce that The Kectil Program will select fifteen of the most active participants in the Web-based Program to be given a special award

The Program Consists of:

1-Web-Based Mentoring Program:

Monthly Kectil Talks with Leaders in Science, Business, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Public Service.

2-Assignments & Sharing:

Connect with other students on social media (Facebook & Twitter) with facilitated web-based group discussions.

3-Youth Leadership Conference

Intensive Leadership Training, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop, Meetings with Successful Leaders, and Creation of Network of Youth Peers in Developing Countries.

4-Alumni Web-Portal

Maintenance of Network of Youth Peers in Developing Countries, Interaction with New Youth Participants, Availability of Mentorship from Program.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Leadership

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Web-based Program: 1 Year

Application Deadline: October 31, 2019

Acceptances: December 2019

Program Starts: January 2020

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Youth (aged 17-26) in least developed and developing countries who have demonstrated a talent and passion for leadership, scholarship or innovation, are proficient in English and have access to a computer and the internet.

Opportunity Cost


We are pleased to announce that The Kectil Program will select fifteen of the most active participants in the Web-based Program to be given a special award. These participants will have attended all of the Sessions and completed the online pre and post assignments:

  • First, the selectees will be given a personal introduction to a leadership mentor in a developed country in the participant’s general area of interest.
  • Second, the name of each selectee will also be highlighted on the Kectil Website as an honor for their leading participation. These awards will be announced at the last Session in December 2017.

How to Apply

First Step: 

Second Step:

  • Fill in the required information:
  1. Student Information
  2. Family Information
  3. Tertiary Education
  4. Secondary Education
  5. Personal Essays
  6. English Proficiency Information
  7. Review

Third Step:

  • Submit the Application

Note: Due to logistics and cost, more applicants can be accepted for the Web-based Program than the Developing Youth Leadership Conference in Atlanta. If an applicant is accepted for the Web-based Program but not the Developing Youth Leadership Conference, the applicant can apply the next year to attend the Conference. All applicants accepted for either (i) the Web-based Program or (ii) the Web-based Program and the Leadership Conference are encouraged to join and actively participate in the Alumni Network at the end of the Program.

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