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The Carnegie New Leaders Program (CNL) provides enrichment opportunities for the next generation of leaders who are interested in exploring the ethical dimensions of issues relating to business, foreign policy, and economic development.

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The mission of the program is to cultivate the next generation of ethical global leaders in business, academia, government, and the nonprofit sector. Through Carnegie Council's public programming, exclusive social gatherings, and special events featuring prominent speakers, CNL gives young professionals and students the chance to connect with like-minded individuals from various sectors and backgrounds. All members are encouraged to get more involved in the Council's work by participating at events and creating resources for our global community. Members who are doing extraordinary work in their professional lives have the chance to be featured in our CNL podcast series or to write for one of the Council's websites.

The CNL program runs from September 1st to August 31st and offers multiple membership categories that are tailored to suit different needs. Membership fees for applicants accepted after March will be discounted. After a review process, applicants will be notified of their acceptance status. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 40 or under
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs
  • Demonstrated excellence in their field

Membership Categories

CNL Member – Individual membership for CNL candidates residing in the New York metropolitan area. (Annual Membership, $200)

CNL Network Member – This category is recommended for CNL candidates not living in the New York metropolitan area. While you are welcome to attend exclusive CNL events and Public Affairs, Ethics Matter, and U.S. Global Engagement programs should you be visiting New York, this membership focuses on the ways you can participate in CNL from a distance. (Annual Membership, $100)

All CNL members will receive the following benefits:

  • Participation in exclusive CNL events
  • Free admission to public events hosted by Public Affairs, Ethics Matter, and U.S. Global Engagement Programs
  • Online publishing opportunities related to Carnegie Council themes
  • Opportunity to be a guest on the CNL podcast series
  • Acknowledgement of membership on Carnegie Council's website
  • Exceptional networking opportunities with the CNL community
  • Subscription to Carnegie Council's quarterly Bulletin and monthly eNewsletter
  • Discount on Ethics & International Affairs journal subscription
  • Connection to Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Network

Student Scholarships

Each year, a limited number of scholarships will be awarded to new student applicants to cover their dues for one program year. This opportunity is open to applicants in the New York metropolitan area only. All students who receive a scholarship will be required to participate in five events and contribute one written piece for possible publication on one of the Council's websites within the program year.

Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed on August 15th. To apply, please submit a 500-word essay on why your academic experience will benefit from membership and how you will contribute to CNL. If you are a recent graduate, please explain how the early stages of your professional career will benefit from membership and how you will contribute to CNL to If you are a recent graduate, please explain how the early stages of your professional career will benefit from membership and how you will contribute to CNL.


Members of the Carnegie Council community are encouraged to nominate potential CNL members. Nominees will undergo the same application process as other CNL candidates and be asked to submit a statement of purpose, resume, and references. Nominees will be considered favorably, but their acceptance cannot be guaranteed.

To nominate someone, please submit a brief letter of recommendation, along with the nominee’s contact information to us at

Click here for a list of Current Carnegie New Leaders.

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