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MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate
December 6, 2021

2022 Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program

The U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Amideast are pleased to announce this year’s recruitment for the Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL) Undergraduate Program. The TL Program is an innovative opportunity that offers degree-granting, university-level undergraduate scholarships at select U.S. accredited institutions of higher education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): The American University of Beirut (AUB), The Lebanese American University (LAU) in Lebanon, and The American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt.

Eligible students include men and women who have the potential to become leaders, represent the region’s cultural, religious, and geographic diversity, are from socio-economically deserving backgrounds, and are unable to afford four years of college enrollment at an American university in the MENA region.

The primary objective of the TL program is to build a cadre of university-aged leaders who are civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally skilled, who will become community, business, and national leaders in the future. The program intends to nurture leadership skills and the spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism. Selected students will join the 608 Tomorrow’s Leaders who have already participated in this program.

Tomorrow’s Leaders may pursue an eligible undergraduate degree in a selected field at one of the three host institutions and should be prepared to begin the program in the Fall 2022 term. Participants are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, engage in community service activities, and participate in career-relevant internships. Students may also have an opportunity for a study abroad semester in the U.S. Students are expected to have strong English language skills; limited English- language training will be provided for some participants.

Participation in the program includes: full tuition coverage (for a maximum period of four academic years) at one of the participating universities, health insurance, housing, monthly living allowance, two yearly round trip tickets from and to your home country, civic leadership and career-oriented workshops, internship opportunities, and faculty mentorship and guidance.


  • Current high school (secondary school) senior (12th grade) or applicant who graduated from high school (secondary
    school) in 2020 or 2021;
  • A citizen or, national of Iraq and those qualified to hold a valid Iraqi passport;
  • Strong academic credentials;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English with a minimum of 55 for the TOEFL iBT that is less than two years old
    (if available; not required at the time of the application),
  • Students who qualify may be eligible for up to one year of intensive English Language training;
  • Maturity, flexibility and leadership potential;
  • Must maintain a high GPA and pass high school leaving exam in final year;
  • Ability to start the program in August of 2022.

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

Deadline for submitting the application is December 6, 2021

Further information is available online at www.amideast.org/tl.

For questions, please contact Amideast at:
Email: Iraq@amideast.org; Tel: Baghdad & Basrah: 07719437371 or 07722002845, Erbil: 0770 645 2275
For more information about the TL program, please go to: https://mepi.state.gov/leadership/tomorrows-leaders-program/tlu/

To Apply: create account here https://apply.amideast.org/mepi_tleaders_core/tl.client and after three days you will receive your password and login name.