Tomorrow’s Leaders Program

The U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and AMIDEAST are pleased to announce this year’s recruitment for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program is a MEPI initiative for capable and highly motivated high school seniors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who are from underserved backgrounds. The program will provide four-year university enrollment and internship opportunities at select institutions of higher learning in the MENA region.

Eligible students include men and women who have the potential to become leaders, represent the region’s cultural, religious, and geographic diversity, are from socio-economically deserving backgrounds, and are unable to afford four years of college enrollment at an American university in the MENA region.

The primary objective of MEPI's Tomorrow's Leaders program is to build a cadre of university-age leaders who are civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally skilled, who will become community, business, and national leaders in the future. The program intends to nurture leadership skills and the spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism among outstanding students at the American University of Beirut (AUB), the American University in Cairo (AUC), and the Lebanese American University (LAU). Selected students will join the 559 Tomorrow’s Leaders who have participated in this program.

Tomorrow's Leaders may pursue an eligible undergraduate degree in a selected field at one of the three host institutions and should be prepared to begin the program in the Fall 2021 term. Participants are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, engage in community service activities, and participate in career-relevant internships. Students may also have an opportunity for a study abroad semester in the United States. Students are expected to have strong English language skills; limited English-language training will be provided for some participants.

Participation in the program includes: full tuition coverage (for a maximum period of four academic years) at one of the participating universities, health insurance, housing, monthly living allowance, two yearly round trip tickets from and to your home country, civic leadership and career-oriented workshops, internship opportunities, and faculty mentorship and guidance.

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Eligibility

  • Current high school senior or applicant who graduated from high school in 2019 or 2020;
  • A citizen or national of Iraq and those qualified to hold a valid Iraqi passport;
  • Strong academic credentials;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English with a minimum of 55 for the TOEFL iBT® that is less than two years old;
  • Students who qualify may be eligible for up to one year of intensive English language training;
  • Maturity, flexibility, and leadership potential;
  • Must maintain a high GPA and pass high school leaving exam in final year;
  • Ability to start the program in August/September of 2021.

Note: U.S. Citizens or U.S. Legal Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply.

If you do not have a TOEFL® score, or if your score is more than two years old, contact AMIDEAST for test scheduling.

Deadline for submitting the application is December 4, 2020

Further information is available online at www.amideast.org/tl.

For questions, please contact AMIDEAST at:

AMIDEAST Office/Baghdad

Tel: 0750 620 0215 or 0780 620 9267

Email: Iraq@amideast.org

AMIDEAST Office/Erbil

Tel: 0770 645 2275

Email: Iraq@amideast.org

AMIDEAST representative/Basra

Tel: 0770 374 6209

Email: Iraq@amideast.org

For more information about the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative, please go to: https://mepi.state.gov

 

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Tomorrow's Leaders is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by AMIDEAST.