Tomorrow's Leaders Program

The U.S. Department of State'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 who are from underserved backgrounds. The program will provide four-year university enrollment and internship opportunities at select institutions of higher learning in the Middle East to students who have the potential to become leaders. 

Eligible students include men and women who represent the region's cultural, religious, and geographic diversity and are from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, who could otherwise gain admission to, but would be unable to afford, four years of college at an American university in the Middle East.  Tomorrow's Leaders recipients should be prepared to begin the program in the Fall 2020 term.

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 the community, business, and national leaders of the future. The program intends to nurture leadership skills and the spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism among outstanding university-age 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 501 Tomorrow's Leaders already studying or who have graduated from these universities.

Tomorrow's Leaders may pursue an undergraduate degree in a selected field at one of the three host institutions. In addition to their studies, recipients will be expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, engage in community service activities and participate in internships. Limited English language training will be provided for some participants. Students may also have an opportunity for a study abroad semester in the United States.

Participation in the program includes: travel, academic fees for four years of university at AUB, AUC, or LAU, a study abroad experience in the United States, accident and sickness insurance, housing, and a monthly allowance during the school year.


Applicants are being recruited from Algeria, EgyptIraqJordanLebanonMoroccoSyriaTunisia, and Yemen. Please see your country-specific information page for eligibility requirements and the application deadline.

For more information about the Middle East Partnership Initiative, please go to:


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