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Check back in August 2024 for news about the 2025-2026 application. In the meantime, you can learn about our fields of study.

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About the Program

Sponsored by the Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships to exceptional students from socioeconomically underserved backgrounds who represent the cultural, religious, and geographic diversity of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

For over 17 years, the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program has partnered with the MENA region’s leading American-style universities to equip participants with knowledge and practical skills necessary for effective leadership. By attending world-class universities like the American University in Cairo, the American University of Beirut, and the Lebanese American University, which are rooted in the liberal arts tradition, Tomorrow’s Leaders foster their critical thinking and strengthen their ability to find creative solutions to the challenges facing their communities, the MENA region, and the world.

In addition to their notable academic work, Tomorrow’s Leaders participate in exciting internships, civic-engagement activities, and enrichment workshops where they apply their knowledge to real-world settings. By joining the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, participants join a vibrant community that offers a comprehensive support system, including mentorship and personal development initiatives. Undergraduate participants have the opportunity to study abroad in the United States for one semester, immersing themselves in American culture, engaging with local communities and expanding their global outlook. Upon graduation, participants join a network of over 1000 program alumni serving as leaders across the MENA region.


Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for those who are seeking information regarding the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program. Be sure to check out the full list.

Which countries/territories of origin are eligible for the Tomorrow’s Leader Program?

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen.

Where do Tomorrow’s Leaders Study?

The American University of Beirut (AUB)
The American University in Cairo (AUC)
The Lebanese American University (LAU)

Do applicants need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

You do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS to submit your application for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.  However, applicants who are shortlisted by the program after interviewing in January will be assisted to take the TOEFL in February.  If you will take the TOEFL or IELTS on your own prior to November 30, 2023 you are able to include your scores in your application.

When are applications to the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program due?

November 30, 2023 at 11:59PM EST


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