How to Succeed in Your Tomorrow’s Leaders Program Interview

For those that are selected to the interview stage for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, here’s what to expect. Applicants should be prepared for an interview with FHI 360 staff, U.S. Embassy staff, and an alum of Tomorrow’s Leaders Program. The interview will be conducted in English via Zoom. Check out the five tips below for tips on how you can succeed in your Tomorrow’s Leaders Program interview!

1. Prepare Your Stories

Craft 3-5 compelling stories showcasing your leadership skills. While you may not use all of them, having multiple stories ready will boost your confidence during the interview!

1. Prepare your stories. Come prepared with 3-5 stories that highlight your leadership experience. Share instances which showcase your natural leadership abilities.

2. Take a Breath and Reflect

Don’t rush! It’s okay to pause, breathe, and gather your thoughts before responding.

Remember, it's ok to pause, collect your thoughts, and take a deep breath before responding to a question. This moment of composure can help you deliver more thoughtful answers.

3. Showcase Your Unique Personality

The panel has reviewed your application in detail; now, build on it during the interview. Share insights that go beyond what’s written in your application and let your passion shine through.

Be prepared to do more than give an overview of your application. The interview panel wants to learn more about you. Use this time to expand on the great application that landed you an interview.

4. Speak Naturally

While notes are fine, memorized answers are not recommended in virtual interviews. Engage in a natural conversation, let your authenticity shine!

Remember that the interview panel can tell if you're reading scripted answers from your screen. While it's okay to have notes for reference, we recommend engaging in a natural conversation that allows us to see your personality.

5. Check Your Connection

Find a quiet, distraction-free place with a stable internet connection, and ensure a smooth interview by testing your internet connection in advance.

Ensure a smooth interview by testing your internet connection in advance. Find a quiet, distraction-free place with a stable internet connection for your interview.

As you prepare for your Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Interview, remember to be yourself, tell your story, and let your leadership qualities shine through. Good luck!

To learn more about when the interview process takes place, check out our helpful timeline.

Meet Our University Partners

Are you dreaming of pursuing higher education at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the American University of Beirut (AUB), or the Lebanese American University (LAU)? Look no further! We are excited to announce three upcoming information sessions with our university partners that will provide you with all the details you need to choose the right school for you and create a strong application for  the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.

American University in Cairo – October 17, 9 AM EDT/4PM EEST

Kickstarting our series of information sessions, AUC will be hosting its session on October 17. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with representatives from the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program team. They will discuss various aspects of life on campus, the diverse range of fields of study available, eligibility requirements, required application documents, and much more.

American University of Beirut – November 8, 9 AM EST/4PM EET

Representatives from the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program team will provide insights into campus life, academic programs, application procedures, and eligibility criteria. Don’t miss your chance to engage with them and gain valuable information!

Lebanese American University – November 9, 9 AM EST/4PM EET

Our final information session will be hosted by LAU. This session promises to share lots of valuable details for prospective students. Learn about campus facilities, student clubs and athletics, campus safety, the diverse array of study fields available, and the application process.

Each session will also include a Q&A session, so come ready to share your inquiries with the experts!

Whether you’re interested in AUC, AUB, or LAU, these information sessions will provide you with the details to become more familiar with each of our university partners. Don’t miss this chance to gather crucial insights and embark on a journey of academic excellence with the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.

Applications are due on November 30, 2023. Don’t wait—get started today by visiting the application links on our homepage.

Avoid These Application Mistakes for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program 

Congratulations on taking the first step towards applying for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program! This opportunity can be life-changing, but it’s important to avoid common mistakes that can risk your chances. Here are some pitfalls to watch out for: 

Incomplete Information 

One of the most common application mistakes is leaving sections of the application incomplete. Make sure to fill out every required field and provide all the requested information. Incomplete applications may not be considered for review, so attention to detail is crucial. 

Missing Attachments 

Many applications require you to submit supporting documents, such as transcripts. Missing or forgetting to attach these documents can severely impact your application’s chances. Double-check that you’ve included all the necessary attachments before submitting. 

Not Addressing Essay Prompts 

Essay prompts are designed to assess your abilities, experiences, and goals. Failing to directly address the provided essay prompts can hinder your application. Make sure your essays are relevant, coherent, and clearly respond to the questions asked. 

Copy/Pasted Answers 

Avoid using generic, copy-and-paste answers for different sections of the application. Your responses to each question should demonstrate a genuine connection to the program’s mission and your personal goals. Generic answers can make your application appear insincere. 

Untranslated Documents 

If you’re submitting documents in Arabic or French, ensure that you provide both the original documents and an English translation. Ideally, have your documents officially translated and notarized for authenticity. If this isn’t possible, you can provide an unofficial English translation, but it should be accurate and clearly presented. 


Integrity is important when applying to any program. Misrepresenting any information in your application, including transcripts, academic records, or personal achievements, can result in immediate disqualification. Be truthful and transparent throughout the application process. 


Plagiarism involves using someone else’s work as your own. Make sure your responses to the essays are your original work. Copying directly from others and claiming it as your own goes against the values of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.  

Not Completing AUB/AUC Application (Graduate Students) 

If you are a graduate student interested in attending the American University of Beirut (AUB) or the American University in Cairo (AUC), remember that you must complete two separate applications. In addition to the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program graduate application, you must also submit a separate graduate admissions application to your chosen partner institution. Failure to do so could result in missed opportunities. 

Rushing the Application 

Avoid rushing through the application process. Start early to ensure you have enough time to gather all necessary documents, proofread your responses, and make any needed revisions. A well-prepared and thoughtful application can significantly increase your chances of success. 

By being aware of these common application mistakes and taking steps to avoid them, you can increase your chances of being selected for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program. Remember that attention to detail, honesty, and dedication to the program’s mission are key to crafting a compelling and successful application. Good luck! Applications are due on November 30, so get started today

Nine Tips for Crafting a Strong Tomorrow’s Leaders Program Application

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program is an incredible opportunity to embark on a transformative journey towards personal and professional growth. As you prepare to submit your application, keep in mind that it’s not just about meeting the academic requirements; it’s about telling your unique story and aligning it with the program’s mission and values. Here’s how you can create a Tomorrow’s Leaders Program application that stands out: 

Strong Narrative: Paint Your Life Story 

Your application is your canvas, and your life story is the masterpiece you’ll paint. Don’t just list achievements and qualifications; share personal stories that illustrate your journey. Use clear examples to showcase the challenges you’ve overcome, the lessons you’ve learned, and the moments that have shaped you. Remember, it’s the stories that help you stand out from other applicants with similarly impressive backgrounds. 

Research the Program 

Understanding the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program’s mission and values is crucial. Take the time to research and internalize what we stand for. Your application should effortlessly demonstrate how your background, aspirations, and values align with ours. Showcase your passion for the program’s mission, and explain why you believe it’s the perfect fit for your future endeavors. 

Clear Goals: Define Your Vision 

Clearly express your goals and aspirations. Describe why these goals are essential to you and how they align with your life experiences and values. Paint a vivid picture of your vision for the future and how the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program can help you turn that vision into reality. Show your passion and motivation for making a positive impact on the world. 

Academic Excellence & Financial Need 

Provide a well-rounded view of your academic achievements. Highlight your accomplishments, but also acknowledge any challenges you’ve faced and how you’ve overcome them. Be transparent about your financial circumstances when you complete the Tomorrow’s Leaders Application Financial Statement, as this information is crucial for evaluating your eligibility. 

Be Creative 

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Use creativity in your application to make it memorable. Incorporate unique elements that reflect your personality and passion. Whether it’s through a compelling social responsibility essay or a visually appealing personal statement video, creativity can set you apart from the competition. 

Proofread and Edit 

Attention to detail is essential. Proofread your application carefully for grammatical errors, typos, and clarity. Ask friends, family, or teachers to review it as well. A well-polished application demonstrates your commitment and professionalism. 

Start Early 

Procrastination is the enemy of a strong application. Begin working on your application well in advance to ensure you have enough time to refine and perfect it. Rushed applications often miss the opportunity to convey your true potential. 

Reach Out for Questions 

If you have any questions or need clarification about the application process, don’t hesitate to reach out to our program staff. They are there to help and can provide valuable insights that may strengthen your application. 

Follow Instructions 

To ensure the information you provide aligns with the application’s requirements, make sure to thoroughly review each section before responding. 

Remember, the deadline for submitting your Tomorrow’s Leaders Program application is November 30th. Use these tips to craft an application that not only meets the criteria but also shines a spotlight on your unique qualities and aspirations. Best of luck! 

Start your application by clicking on the undergraduate or graduate application links on our homepage.

Foundation for Success: Tomorrow’s Leaders English Language Preparation

Strong English language skills are essential for excelling in an American-style education setting. Mastering English will not only enhance your communication skills but also empower you to fully engage in academic discussions, express your ideas effectively, and build meaningful connections with fellow students and professors. It is crucial to your preparation for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.

Below are resources to enhance English proficiency in preparation for standardized English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, and more. These resources cater to various skills including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Some focus on developing proficiency in a specific skill, while others provide comprehensive practice across multiple areas.

Engaging in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) serves as an effective approach to enhance English language proficiency while also preparing oneself for English-taught courses. The following MOOC providers offer a diverse selection of free and paid courses spanning a wide range of subjects. By enrolling in these courses, individuals can further their English skills and ensure readiness for studying in the English medium.

Remember, being a Tomorrow’s Leader means embracing diversity, fostering cross-cultural understanding, and being ready to embark on a transformative educational journey. Strong English language skills will play a vital role in your success at our partner institutions, the American University in Cairo (AUC), the American University of Beirut (AUB), and the Lebanese American University (LAU). To learn more about the application process, check out our FAQs!

Are you ready to make a difference? Submit your application to the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program by November 30th, and you can gain the skills needed to make a positive mark on your community and beyond. Begin today by starting your undergraduate or graduate application!