Student Leaders Program

The Student Leaders Program (SLP) is a rigorous leadership and civic engagement program for up to 60 competitively selected undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 20 and 24 from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The focus for the 2024-2025 program is Climate Change and Environmental Protection. Students are placed in U.S. universities where they complete academic coursework, develop leadership and project management skills, and expand their understanding of civil society and participatory governance processes in the United States and MENA region. The cornerstone of the program is the development of Community Engagement Plans (CEP), where each student identifies an issue/opportunity related to climate change or environmental issues that they would like to address in their communities. During the program, students will have the opportunity to meet their American peers, engage in community service activities, and meet civil society organizations.

The Student Leaders Program (SLP) is a yearlong three-part program: pre-summer, summer, and post-summer with the most intensive part taking place during the summer. The summer program is an intensive 4-week program tentatively scheduled to take place from June 28 until July 26, 2024. The summer program will be an in-person program. Upon completion of the summer program, students will implement their Community Engagement Plans and receive follow-on support, training, and professional networking opportunities, including joining the 2,000 strong MEPI Alumni network. It is required that each 2024-2025 CEP address climate change and environmental needs. A competitive follow-on Accelerator Workshop may be held in the MENA region.

Who is Eligible?

Students from the following countries are eligible to apply: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Students from Syria and Yemen who reside in the participating MENA countries are eligible to apply. Syrians living inside Syria are not eligible to apply.

This program is open to university students (undergraduate and graduate) between the ages of 20 and 24 (birth dates falling between July 26, 1999 and June 28, 2004). We seek a gender-balanced pool of candidates and give preference to traditionally under-served participants. Applicants should demonstrate sufficient English-language skills to participate in U.S. university-level classes and must be enrolled in and attending a university in their home countries. Students from low-income backgrounds and limited travel experience are highly encouraged to apply. While nominees may be undergraduate or graduate students in any field of academic specialization, it is critical that they exhibit a serious interest in addressing climate change, pursuing leadership opportunities in their home countries, and demonstrate a desire to deepen their civic engagement.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously traveled to the United States. At the time of application and while participating in the program, participants cannot hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident.

Note: U.S. Citizens or U.S. Legal Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply.

The 2024 SLP program is now closed.