MEPI Student Leaders Program

Student Leaders Program’s Application is open:

The Student Leaders Program (SLP) is a rigorous leadership and civic engagement program for competitively selected undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 20 and 24 from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. We seek a gender-balanced pool of candidates and give preference to traditionally under-served participants.

Students are placed in U.S. universities where they complete academic coursework, develop leadership and project management skills, and expand their understanding of the 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), where each student identifies a problem that they would like to improve in their communities. During the program, students will meet their American peers, engage in community service activities, and meet civil society organizations.

The SLP is a yearlong three-part program: pre-summersummer, and post-summer with the most intensive part taking place during the summer. The summer program is an intensive 5-week program and is tentatively scheduled to take place from June 29 until July 28, 2022. The summer program will either be a virtual, hybrid, or in-person program depending on the state of the global pandemic. Upon completion of the summer program, students will implement their CEP and receive follow-on support, training, and professional networking opportunities, including joining the 2,000 strong MEPI Alumni network.  A competitive follow-on Accelerator Workshop may be held in the region.

Who is eligible?

  • Must be a Tunisian citizen,
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in and attending university in his/her home country,
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to leadership and civic engagement in his/her community,
  • Must be between the ages of 20 and 24 with birth dates falling between July 28, 1998, and June 29, 2002; and
  • Should have high English-language proficiency skills to participate in U.S. university-level classes.

Apply before December 13, 2021, on the following link:

We aim to create an inclusive and multicultural environment with a gender-balanced pool of candidates. Students from low-income backgrounds, limited travel experience, and/or an interest in environmental and climate needs are highly encouraged to apply. The program will either be virtual, hybrid, or in-person program depending on the state of the global pandemic. Please only apply to the program if you are willing to commit to participate in the program regardless of its modality.