Sunday, December 2, 2018

2019 MEPI Student Leaders Program,USA (Middle East)

The U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) program seeks nominations for potential participants in the MEPI Student Leaders Program scheduled to take place in summer 2019. The program will last from June 26 – July 31, 2019.

This program is open to university students between the ages of 20 and 24. We seek a gender-balanced pool of candidates and give preference to traditionally under-served participants. While nominees may be undergraduate or graduate students in any field of academic specialization, it is critical that they exhibit a serious interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in their home countries and demonstrate a desire to deepen their civic engagement.

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Expenses for the program are fully paid by the U.S. Department of State. 

  • Must have ability to participate in the program in the USA in late June 2019;
  • Are 20 to 24 years of age as of the program start date of June 26, 2019 and end date of July 31, 2019 (birthdates falling between July 31, 1995 and June 26, 1999);
  • Demonstrate the strong English language skills needed to participate in a U.S. academic program;
  • Are committed to returning to their home country/community following completion of the program;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • Are not a third country national of the nominating country;
  • Have a sustained high level of academic achievement and currently attending an undergraduate or graduate program, have graduated from an undergraduate program within 6 months or less from the program start date of June 27, 2019 or will commence graduate studies in the fall 2019 semester in their home country; will not be commencing study in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the USA during the fall 2019 USA academic semester;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement;
  • Preference will be given to those who have no prior travel experience in the United States or Canada and limited to no study or travel experience outside their home country;
  • Are willing and able to participate fully in intensive academic, community service, and educational travel activities;
  • Are comfortable with campus life, sharing living accommodations while traveling with a multinational group of participants from the Middle East and North Africa region and with U.S. citizens, and making adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries/communities; and
  • Are comfortable living with another program participant of the same sex in a shared room as well as traveling to the USA and participating in the program without any accompanying friends or family members.
How To Apply:
Participants apply for the program online at and are then interviewed and nominated by Embassies.

31 December 2018