Georgetown University’s Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL) is a one-of-a-kind program dedicated to promoting a new generation of socially responsible, innovative and ethical leaders in the Ibero-American region. The GCL Program awards young leaders with a full scholarship to participate in a 10-week program at Georgetown University where they learn about political, corporate, nonprofit and personal leadership.

In addition, an important component that sets apart the GCL Program is that participants develop a high impact project while at Georgetown to be carried out in their home countries. These projects promote the program’s focus on action and aim to produce a multiplier effect to expand the reach of the GCL program throughout the region.

Founded in 2007, the program has impacted almost 359 emerging leaders to date and has a strong emphasis on personal development which provides a life-changing experience and promotes a tight knit and dynamic network of leaders.



  • Promote leadership in action – Provide tools to address challenges that exist throughout the region, developing the capacity to create and lead initiatives that promote integral development, civic engagement, and cross-sector collaborations.
  • Foster personal development and growth – Facilitate interactions and discussions that will help participants challenge, reflect and expand their world view.
  • Engage with the most pressing regional issues – Enable participants to understand and analyze regional development through multidisciplinary courses taught by renowned faculty and experts with a focus on the economic, social and political components.
  • Create a strong regional network – Generate a network of responsible and ethical leaders across all sectors that will make a positive impact in their countries and the broader region through collaboration and innovation.