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New GCL 2021 Special Edition

Monday, August 17, 2020, Washington D.C., U.S.A. 

This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgetown University’s Latin America Leadership Program will be offering its traditional GCL program as a GCL Special Edition 2021 to allow our GCL participants an opportunity to respond to their own professional and personal situations during this crisis from their home countries.

The GCL Special Edition 2021 will offer the same level of academics, experiential learning, and networking opportunities as our traditional GCL program. Our GCL faculty and program staff are committed to ensuring that the GCL Special Edition’s program activities will continue to be interactive and engaging for all participants, regardless of the modality in which they are taught.

This Special Edition will be offered as a live virtual, part-time program and will run from 9:00 am to 1:15 pm (Washington DC time), Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, for eight weeks, from February 1, 2021, through March 25, 2021. The program will present the traditional GCL curriculum through live virtual sessions with Georgetown University faculty and visiting lecturers, and various virtual visits to institutions in the Washington DC area featuring guest speakers from multilateral organizations, government institutions, think tanks, and public advisory companies to analyze some of the most pressing challenges facing the region, including the consequences of this COVID-19 pandemic. The live sessions and virtual visits will allow faculty to tailor-make the content of their courses to fit the GCL participants’ project proposals and analyze some of the current challenges of this pandemic. In addition, the GCL 2021 program will include teambuilding opportunities, peer-to-peer coaching sessions to allow participants a space to share ideas, experiences, and best practices, as well as mentoring opportunities with experts in the field. The program will be taught in English.

The application requirements are the same as those of our traditional GCL program. You can check out LALP website for more information on these requirements. Questions? Please email us at

Applicants’ Requirements:
• 26 to 34 years old (age requirement for GCL 2021 Special Edition can be waived if the applicant fulfills all the other requirements)
• A Latin American country of origin, Puerto Rico, Spain, or Portugal. Qualified candidates from Spain and Portugal may apply if their projects impact the Latin American region.
• College degree from an accredited university
• Excellent academic record
• Proven English language skills (reading, writing, and oral)
• At least one year of work experience
• Currently planning or working on a project that may create a positive and long-lasting impact in the region.

For this Special edition, all applicants regardless of their country of origin must apply directly through the GCL application platform. That includes participants from Colombia and Brazil, who in previous editions had different selection processes. GCL Special Edition application period has been extended to October 15, 2020. All GCL Special Edition participants will receive a scholarship to participate. Participants will just be required to cover a $1,250 registration fee for the whole program.

Participants will have an opportunity to get to know and interact with our GCL alumni throughout the program. To date, the GCL Program has welcomed about 500 young leaders from 22 countries in the Ibero-American region. GCL alumni have organized under the GCL Alumni Network, a student-led initiative that aims to promote competitiveness in the region by organizing and hosting local events and strengthening the collaboration among alumni beyond their time at Georgetown. To date, GCL participants have generated hundreds of initiatives and impacted more than 2.7 million people in the region. 

Apply to the new GCL2021 Special Edition 

For more information on the GCL program requirements, visit here