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Abe Lincoln Program
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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 Abe Lincoln program. The program aims to enhance the opportunities of Palestinian students in pursuing their undergrad education in U.S. universities and colleges. This will be achieved through preparing students over 4 years on how to compete and apply to U.S. universities and colleges. It will enable them to gain the skills necessary to create positive impact in their local communities, and ultimately become productive members of the workforce. The program will assist in the advancement of community engagement and higher education opportunities for 100 financially disadvantaged Palestinian youth in West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem to ultimately foster future leaders who create positive change in their communities and receive admission to U.S. colleges and universities.



Training: developing participants’ English language proficiency, soft skills, and academic skills

Community Engagement: Arranging short-term volunteer community service and/or internship opportunities to connect students with civil society organizations that engage them in their communities and provide opportunities for leadership development

Pre-College Counseling: Counseling students on college/university school choices and assisting them with the application process

College Preparation: Training students on all aspects of U.S. college admissions, including tests such as the iBT TOEFL and SAT through test preparation courses and practice tests

Applying to U.S. colleges and universities 



In order to be considered for the program, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Student must be currently enrolled in 9th grade in 2017/2018;
  • Must have a cumulative grade of B (80% or above) in overall academic GPA
  • Must have a cumulative grade of B (80%) or better in English for the past year
  • Marginalized or otherwise non-elite or disadvantaged socio-economic family
  • Must be a citizen of the West Bank, Gaza, or East Jerusalem
  • Able to commit and maintain excellent attendance records
  • Excellent teacher evaluation score
  • Meet a minimum English proficiency requirement, which will be measured by a test administered by AMIDEAST
  • Must not be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or have been born in the United States;


Deadline is February 8, 2018

Applications must be delivered by hand with all supporting documents to AMIDEAST

For additional information, please contact our offices in Ramallah or Gaza City


Ramallah: 02-240-8023 ext. 300 or 111

Gaza: 08-282-4635 ext. 102