Applications for the 2017 Student Leaders Program are being accepted now through December 31, 2016.
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2017 Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program (SLP) is now open. MEPI is a U.S. Department of State initiative that supports organizations and individuals in their efforts to promote political, economic, and social reform in the Middle East and North Africa. MEPI SLP supports the goals of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement by providing opportunities for Iraqi undergraduate students to develop leadership skills and promote democratic principles during a six-week summer program in the United States.
The MEPI Student Leaders Program will take place from June 25 – August 5, 2017. Students are placed in one of six hosting U.S. colleges or universities where they participate in a five-week academic residency and a one-week educational study tour within their university’s region. The study tour is designed to complement and reinforce the concepts explored in the academic residency. The program will address common themes, including a comparative analysis of leadership styles, conflict resolution and group dynamics, and the role of civil society in the democratic process.
Travel to visit family or friends elsewhere in the United States will not be permitted before, during or after the program, including on weekends during the academic residency period. Students must return to Iraq immediately upon conclusion of the program. All participants are expected to travel unaccompanied.
Applicants must be 20-24 years old, undergraduate or graduate students, citizens and residents of Iraq, have a good command of the English language, and have a sustained high level of academic achievement. Applicants must also be able to participate fully in intensive academic, community service, and educational travel activities. They must have a serious interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in Iraq and deepening their civic engagement, as well as be willing to take advantage of opportunities to inform and educate Americans about Iraqi society and culture.
How to apply
Interested applicants should submit their application online at https://studentleaders.
For questions about the program, please send an email to IraqExchangePrograms@state.
Application deadline is midnight on Monday, December 31, 2016.