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 Student Leaders Program

A Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

Students from Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, and Tunisia are eligible to apply. Please check the website of your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for more information. Applications will be accepted starting on October 1, 2019 and the deadline for applications is December 3, 2019 for all eleven participating countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, and Tunisia

The Student Leaders Program is an intensive 5-week leadership training program to the United States, generally for undergraduate students between the ages of 20 and 24 with birthdates falling between July 29, 1996 and June 24, 2000. There will be approximately 60 participants from the Middle East and North Africa in the 2020 program. Program dates are from June 24 - July 29, 2020. The Student Leaders Program has operated continually since 2003.
Students are divided up among U.S. academic institutions where they develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society, as well as the democratic process 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 institutes include academic coursework, as well as site visits to local and regional community organizations in the United States. Upon completion of the U.S.-based programs, host institutes work with participants to implement civic engagement programs in their home communities.

After the U.S. program concludes and as funding allows, the U.S. Department of State may hold follow-on trainings and events overseas in the region that program alumni can apply for through a competitive, application-based selection process.

Expenses for the U.S. program are fully paid by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State.

For frequently asked questions regarding the Student Leaders Program and eligibility, please visit the MEPI website: