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US-MEPI Student Leaders Program 2020 for Students from Middle East and North Africa

The Student Leaders program offers outstanding undergraduates from across the MENA region an intensive leadership training course of approximately 5 weeks in the United States from June 24 – July 29, 2020. The program emphasizes lessons in participatory governance and the application of leadership skills.

Application Deadline: 3rd December, 2019.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia.

To Be Taken At (Country): USA

About the Award: The Student Leaders program is a rigorous exchange 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 and expand their understanding of civil society and participatory governance and how both 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.

Type: Undergraduate, Masters


  • Students from the following countries named above are eligible to apply.
  • This program is open to university students between the ages of 20 and 24. We 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.
  • Those who have previously traveled to the U.S. or studied abroad are ineligible. 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.

Number of Awards: Up to 60

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

Duration of Program: 5 Weeks (from June 24 – July 29, 2020)

How to Apply: Participants apply for the program online here and are then interviewed and nominated by Embassies.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: U.S. Department of State.

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