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24 Jan 2018

MEPI Student Leaders Program 2018 by The U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) program seeks nominations from Tunisia for potential participants in the MEPI Student Leaders Program scheduled to take place in summer 2018.
Approximately 60 students from across the region are expected to make up the 2018 Student Leaders cohort. The Department will assign each Student Leader candidate to a host university, making every effort to ensure geographic diversity in the placement process.


 United States


  • The Student Leaders program is an intensive 5-week training program in four U.S.-based universities
  • Students learn about leadership, civil society, and government processes and how they may apply these skills in their home countries
  • The program also offers outstanding undergraduate and graduate students from across the MENA region an intensive leadership training course
  • Students attend U.S. academic institutions where they develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society and participatory governance and how both may be applied in their home communities


  • Are 20 to 24 years of age as of the program start date of June 25, 2018 and end date of August 4, 2018 (birthdates falling between August 4, 1994 and June 25, 1998)
  • Demonstrate 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
  • Exhibit 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 are 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 25, 2018; or will commence graduate studies in the fall 2018 semester in their home country; and will not be commencing study in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the USA during the fall 2018 USA academic semester
  • Demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement
  • Have no prior travel experience in the United States or Canada and limited 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
  • 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 friends or family
Eligible Regions: Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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