AMIDEAST's support for exchange and scholarship programs gave 2,300 students and young professionals from across the MENA region the transformative experience of living and studying in the United States and elsewhere through high school exchange, undergraduate and graduate study, and professional development.
High School Exchange
AMIDEAST’s work through the U.S. Department of State-funded Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program enabled 219 high school students from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the West Bank and Gaza to have the life-changing experience of spending the 2019–2020 academic year in the United States, living with a host family and experiencing life in an American community.
Our commitment to expanding opportunity for the region’s youth meant that 285 academically outstanding young men and women were able to pursue their undergraduate studies in the United States or at U.S.-accredited institutions in the region and elsewhere. Of special note were 140 deserving scholars in AMIDEAST’s flagship programs, the Hope Fund and Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund, which together since 2000 have expanded access to higher education for more than 270 youths.
Continuing our nearly four-decade partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Foreign Student Program, AMIDEAST administered grants for 300 master’s, doctoral, and research grantees from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, the UAE, and the West Bank and Gaza. In addition, we helped place 202 Fulbright program nominees in study programs for the 2019–2020 academic year.
AMIDEAST was proud to launch new initiatives on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright program, involving partnerships with U.S. universities to provide professional development for 51 junior faculty from universities in Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon. AMIDEAST’s support for the J-1 Visa Program and for other U.S. Department of State initiatives including the Teachers of Critical Languages and Professional Fellowship Programs, advanced the goals of other young professionals from the region.