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Fully Funded Student Leaders Program from the U.S. Government 2019

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The Student Leaders program offers outstanding undergraduates from across the MENA region an intensive leadership training course of approximately five weeks in the United States from June 26th – July 31st, 2019. The program emphasizes lessons in participatory governance and the application of leadership skills.

The Student Leaders program is a rigorous leadership program for up to 60 undergraduate and graduate students from the Middle East and North Africa. Students are divided among U.S. academic institutions where they develop leadership skills, expand their understanding of civil society and participatory governance, and and learn how these things may be applied in their home communities. Participants have the opportunity to meet their American peers, engage in local community service activities, and observe and take part in the governmental process on the local, state, and federal levels. The program includes academic coursework, as well as study tours to various regions of the United States.

Who is Eligible?

  1. Students from the following countries are eligible to apply: Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.
  2. This program is open to university students between the ages of 20 and 24. They seek a gender-balanced pool of candidates and give preference to traditionally under-served participants. While nominees may be undergraduate or graduate students in any field of academic specialization, it is critical that they exhibit a serious interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in their home countries and demonstrate a desire to deepen their civic engagement.
  3. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously traveled to the United States. Applicants should demonstrate sufficient English-language skills to participate in U.S. university-level classes and must be enrolled in and attending a university in their home countries. At the time of application and while participating in the program, participants cannot hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident.


Expenses for the program are fully paid by the U.S. Department of State.

About the Middle East Partnership Initiative:

Aiming to advance stability and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) program supports governments and their citizens to achieve shared political, economic and stability objectives. The MEPI program responds to needs and emerging opportunities for citizens and organizations that target two core objectives: Participatory Governance and Economic Opportunity. A cross-cutting theme is a focus on government-citizen relations: empowering partnerships between citizens, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and government institutions to promote shared solutions for the people of MENA.

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Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia
Country of residence
Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia
Age Groups
20 -24
Both gender
Cultural Exchange & Languages, Entrepreneurship

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
Full funding
Opportunity Coverage
Tuition fee, Stipend/ Living allowance, Other
Opportunity will take place in
United States
Required Documents

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
All Specialties
Educational Level
High School Diploma
Required Languages
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