In 2018, the BCFR participated in the inaugural ACFR Young Leaders Initiative by sending two outstanding Birmingham-area college students to Washington, D.C. for a series of high level briefings and workshops. Our Birmingham Young Leaders were joined by 16 other participants from across the country.

Discussions were hosted by the State Department, the U.S. Institute of Peace, CSIS, and the Heritage Foundation, among others. Participants benefitted from an off-the-record dinner conversation with a recent Afghan Ambassador to the U.S., and were able to begin to build a national network of mentors and peers.

We look forward to sending one or more highly qualified college students to D.C. for this year’s conference, to be held June 12-15, 2019. Applications are due no later than 5pm on Monday, Feb. 25th.

To be considered, applicant must:

  • Be a rising sophomore-senior, currently enrolled in a Birmingham-area college or university

  • Have demonstrated interest in foreign policy, national security, and/or the foreign service

  • Have demonstrated leadership potential and excellent communication skills

  • Be able to attend entire conference in D.C.

  • Be available for an in-person interview with BCFR Board (February/March 2019)

    **in addition to online application form below, applicant must submit resume via email to