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LDF Arabic Program - برنامج رواد الديمقراطية باللغة العربية

The MEPI Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) Arabic project provides for ten weeks of study and professional experience in Lebanon for 20-25 young civic leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa. The project begins with four weeks of academic coursework in Arabic at the Lebanese American University, where fellows focus on the concepts of leadership, democracy, communication, and conflict resolution. Fellows complete relevant seminars and workshops that address theoretical debates as well as active, practical skills-building sessions. After completing the academic portion of the project, participants engage in a six-week professional assignment with Lebanese civil society institutions and organizations. Participants gain a practical understanding of the interactions between government and civil society while also gaining valuable knowledge, skills, and contacts to benefit their professional pursuits in their home countries. This project complements MEPI’s flagship English-language Fellowship, hosted by Syracuse University since 2007.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Places targeted: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The program is open to young professionals between the ages of 25-40 with a bachelor's degree and Arabic fluency. Fellows should be able to function at full capacity in an Arabic-speaking academic and professional environment. Applicants should have some experience working in civil society, rule of law, human rights, democracy promotion, etc., and have a demonstrated commitment and desire to remain working in this field for the foreseeable future. Applicants should be committed to being leaders of positive change within their communities. Fellows’ travel to Lebanon must be unaccompanied. At the time of application and while participating in the project, Fellows must be citizens of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen, and cannot hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident.

HOW DO PARTICIPANTS APPLY?

All applicants must submit an current resume, brief biography, and an essay of no more than 1,000 words (in Arabic), which answers the following questions:

A. The Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program selects qualified and dedicated individuals from throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who have demonstrated their potential to be leaders in their respective communities. Please tell us why you think you have the potential to be a real leader in your country or local community.

B. What do you hope to gain from this program and what are your plans to apply the experience it offers?

Biography: Candidates are asked to provide a brief biography of no more than 200 words that describes their personal background and professional experience as it relates to democracy building in their country of origin. The biography should include their current position, recent professional affiliations, and any noteworthy accomplishments (such as articles published or awards received).

IMPORTANT DATES:

Recruitment for 2015 program is now OPEN.

For more information about MEPI exchange opportunities, please contact your local embassy or consulate.

Recruitment

  • Recruitment for 2015 program is now OPEN.

    For more information about MEPI exchange opportunities, please contact your local embassy or consulate.

Information in Arabic