Doha Debates– Don't settle for a Divided World

Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified by June 18, 2021 on the status of their applications. 

The Program

What is the Doha Debates Ambassador Program?

The Doha Debates Ambassador Program is a first-of-its-kind experience that will empower and equip the next generation of changemakers with the knowledge, tools, relationships and experiences they need to engage with diverse perspectives and bring positive, solutions-focused change to their local communities.

Through a series of virtual conversations that will take place between August and December of 2021, Doha Debates Ambassadors will engage directly with global experts and community leaders to explore and wrestle with topics related to pressing global challenges. The Doha Debates Ambassadors will be a highly selective cohort of 30 to 40 young leaders from diverse backgrounds and from all over the world, all committed to the exploration and growth necessary to apply global knowledge to local solutions.

Students attending the Doha Debates on loss of trust in institutions during the 2019 Paris Peace Forum


Why are we doing this?

In order to accelerate the change needed to solve global challenges, we need all hands on deck; youth from all around the world need to come together to collaborate and think differently than prior generations. Young leaders must 1) learn and build from the collective creativity and expertise of movers and shakers from around the world, 2) leverage the power of diverse perspectives and 3) ignite our capacity for collective action.


What will Doha Debates Ambassadors gain?

Become a part of a trailblazing cohort of young leaders from around the world, coming together to shape the next generation of global problem-solvers.

Doha Debates Ambassadors will:

•  Gain direct access to changemakers and other influential voices.

Dive into global topics with the people who are taking action and pushing boundaries to move society forward. 

•  Gain practical, lifelong communication, inquiry and debate skills.

Develop proficiency in cross-cultural and high-stakes communication by exploring challenging topics with people with diverse perspectives.

•  Become part of a diverse, international peer group and learning circle.

Extend beyond your community and cultivate lifelong relationships with fellow future global leaders from around the world.

•  Engage in deep exploration of topics of global importance.

Investigate your questions and ideas around global challenges, and gain a more nuanced, holistic understanding of the world.


Additional Value:

•  Earn a certificate of completion + LinkedIn credentials and endorsements.

Demonstrate your participation in a selective program and improve future job prospect. 

•  Create a participation portfolio that highlights your experience in the program.

Demonstrate your depth of experiences and capabilities to potential employers. 


Students attending DDxUN event at Carnegie Mellon in December 2019 on the future of Peace Tech


How does the program work?

Doha Debates Ambassadors will meet on an interactive online platform once a week for nine weeks from August to October 2021, with a one-week break halfway through. These eight virtual dialogues will allow the ambassador community to engage directly and deeply with one another. The meetings will be 60 to 90 minutes long and will include engaging discussions with fellow ambassadors, as well as close interactions with diverse global changemakers from grassroots community practitioners to expert thought-leaders from around the world. The program, structured around skills development and practical application, proceeds as follows: 

  • In the first two of these discussions, ambassadors will work closely with experts in conflict communication and dialogue, like Dr. Govinda Clayton, to learn how to effectively engage in conversations that build consensus and work toward practical solutions. 
  • The remaining sessions will provide ambassadors an opportunity to put these dialogue skills into action. In each conversation, ambassadors will engage global leaders and community practitioners to explore the intersection of various global topics, from climate change to inequality to racial justice.
  • During the month of November, ambassadors will work on a collaborative project focused on promoting change in their area of interest. In December, they will share their projects and be invited to participate in Doha Debates’ final debate of the year.
  • All ambassadors will be encouraged to participate in these conversations and to contribute during collaborative exercises and activities.

The weekly meetings will take place Tuesdays or Wednesday at 3 p.m. GMT ( 8 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. London, 6 p.m. Doha, 8:30 p.m. IST)


Students during a Doha Debates exchange trip to Paris Peace Forum


Who are we looking for? All applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1, 2021.
  • Have access to a computer with a functioning camera, capable of joining video conferences.
  • Have access to stable, reliable internet (in certain circumstances we may be able to provide supplementary internet access).
  • Have professional working proficiency in English.
  • Commit to 100% attendance and full participation in the program.


Successful candidates are:

  • Globally minded, open-minded, critical thinkers who are eager to explore new ideas and broaden their perspectives. 
  • Engaged: excited to listen, learn, share and connect.
  • Willing to challenge and debate ideas with objectivity. 
  • Able to thrive in diverse environments and encounter new perspectives with curiosity and respect.


Doha Debates Ambassadors commit to:

  • Actively participating in all eight meetings throughout the academic semester.
  • Respectfully and wholeheartedly engaging with fellow cohort members in dialogues and debates about the topic at hand.
  • Fostering a community based on respect, a learning mindset and a desire to engage in conversation as the starting point to effect change. 
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Students at a Doha Debates Majlis


Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified by June 18, 2021 on the status of their applications. 

What is the timeline?

  • April 28: Applications open
  • May 11: Informational session (optional). Watch the recording.
  • May 24: Informational session (optional). 
  • June 11: Applications close
  • August 22: Program starts

The program lasts nine weeks, with one session per week and a one-week break halfway through. The last session will be the week of October 17, with collaborative projects due in November. The ambassadors will regroup for the debate and do their final presentations and wrap-up afterward.


Doha Debates and Shared_Studios

Doha Debates is partnering with Shared_Studios to facilitate our Ambassador Program. Shared_Studios is a global, purpose-driven start-up forging connections that build toward a more inclusive and collaborative world. We are two expert organizations, coming together to create a program that empowers the next generation of global changemakers.

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