Student Leaders Program: A Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State
Students from the following countries are eligible to apply: Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. Please check the website of your local U.S. Embassy for more information.
The Student Leaders program is an intensive 6-week exchange program to the United States for approximately 120 undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa. The Student Leaders program has operated continually since 2003.
Students are divided among up to six 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 study tours to various regions of 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.
A follow-on training is generally held in the region approximately 6 months after the U.S. portion of the program.
Expenses for the program are fully paid by the U.S. Department of State.
The deadline for applications is December 31, 2016 with the following exceptions:
For Jordanian applicants the application deadline is January 15, 2017
For Kuwaiti applicants the application deadline is January 15, 2017.
For Israeli applicants the application deadline is January 18, 2017. For Algerian applicants the application deadline is January 17, 2017. For Bahraini applicants the application deadline is January 7, 2017.