ARE YOU A UNIVERSITY STUDENT INTERESTED IN TACKLING CLIMATE
CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
APPLY FOR THE STUDENT LEADERS PROGRAM
The yearlong Student Leaders Program includes an intensive 4-week summer program
on a U.S. university campus June –July 2024. Program expenses are fully covered.
Application Deadline: December 18, 2023
Tunis, November 3, 2023 – The U.S. Embassy Tunis is pleased to announce we are now
accepting applications for the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders
Program. The Student Leaders Program is a rigorous, yearlong leadership and civic engagement
program, including a 4-week summer session in the United States, for talented undergraduate
and graduate students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region between 20 and
24 years of age. Expenses for the program are fully covered by the U.S. Department of State.
The 2024-2025 program will focus on climate change and environmental protection. Since
2007, more than 150 Tunisian undergraduate and graduate students have participated in the
U.S. Department of State-funded MEPI Student Leaders Program. The application deadline is
Monday, December 18, 2023.
Selected students will complete academic coursework from a U.S. university, develop
leadership and project management skills, and expand their understanding of civil society and
participatory governance processes in the United States and the MENA region. The
cornerstone of the program is the development of Community Engagement Plans (CEP). Each
student is required to develop and implement a CEP on an issue or opportunity related to
climate change or environmental protection in her/his community.
The 2024-2025 summer session is an intensive, in-person, 4-week program on a U.S. university
campus, tentatively scheduled to take place from June 28 to July 26, 2024. During the program,
students will have opportunities to network with their American peers, engage in community
service activities, and meet with civil society organizations. Upon completion of the summer
program, students will implement their CEPs and receive follow-on support, training, and
professional networking opportunities, including joining the 2,000 strong MENA region MEPI
Alumni network. A competitive follow-on Accelerator Workshop may be held in the region.
To be eligible, an applicant:
– Must be a Tunisian citizen, residing in Tunisia
– Must be enrolled in and attending university in Tunisia for a bachelor’s or a master’s
degree, have obtained his/her bachelor’s degree, or will start master studies in the fall
– Must demonstrate a commitment to leadership and civic engagement in her/his
– Must be between 20 and 24 years of age; and
– Should have sufficiently strong English-language proficiency skills to participate in U.S.
For more information about how to apply, including specific criteria for graduate and
undergraduate programs, see the attached factsheet and visit: https://studentleaders-
The application deadline is December 18, 2023.
For questions about the program, please contact: Tunisesf@state.gov