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. 

Misrepresentation 

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  

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!

Celebrating Excellence: Tomorrow’s Leader Amjid Khurwat Wins 40under40 Award in Libya

We are delighted to spotlight the exceptional achievements of Libyan Tomorrow’s Leader alum, Amjid Khurwat, who has recently been honored with the distinguished 40under40 award for his contributions in the realm of scientific communication.

Amjid’s journey began at the American University of Beirut, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science. Since then, he has been an unwavering advocate for scientific communication, founding the Libyan Science Club and assuming a pivotal role in the Anir Digital Safety Initiative’s fact-checking team. His dedication to countering disinformation and promoting fact-based news is both commendable and inspiring.

Amjid

“I have always believed that a country’s ability to access and apply modern science and technology is vital for sustainable social and economic growth,” said Amjid. “Science is not only a body of knowledge, but also a way of thinking, a precise methodology for effective problem-solving. It stands as a shield against blind adherence to ideologies and functions as a tool against rumors and misinformation.”

In addition to his activism, Amjid played a transformative role in education. He organized numerous workshops and training sessions, targeting students at both school and university levels. From enhancing public speaking skills to nurturing the art of creating scientific content, Amjid’s initiatives empowered the next generation of critical thinkers and communicators.

Amjid’s impact extends  beyond educational spaces. He established  Libya’s first science festival, the Al Thuraya Festival, and he took the TEDx Misrata stage in 2017 as a speaker. Furthermore, his involvement with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) showcases his dedication to enriching scientific outreach.

Amjid

T’aazur, in partnership with the Libyan Ministry of Youth, recognized Amjid’s exceptional contributions by awarding him the prestigious 40under40 accolade. Through his career, Amjid has overseen the creation of over 600 scientific articles, solidifying his role as a credible source of knowledge. His advocacy sends a clear message of the importance of logical analysis, critical thinking, and scientific awareness in Libyan society.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without my experience as a Tomorrow’s Leader,” noted Amjid. “As an alumnus, I wholeheartedly express my gratitude to the Tomorrow’s Leaders community for being an integral part of this remarkable journey.”

As we celebrate Amjid’s well-deserved 40under40 award, we invite prospective young leaders to join the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program and forge their own impactful journey. Just as Amjid exemplifies the power of determination and innovation, you too can contribute to positive change. Applications are open until November 30th. Embrace the opportunity and be part of a community dedicated to making a difference through leadership and impact.

Applications Open for the 2024-2025 Tomorrow’s Leaders Program

The Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL) Program, sponsored by the Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), is excited to announce the launch of the application process for the 2024-2025 academic year. The application is now open and will close on November 30, 2023. This distinguished program offers a unique opportunity for ambitious and accomplished students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to cultivate their leadership potential and gain access to an American-style education.

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships for accomplished students who represent the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s cultural, religious, and geographic diversity. The TL Program aims to serve students from socioeconomically underserved backgrounds who demonstrate strong leadership potential but lack the means to obtain an American-style education. The Tomorrow’s Leaders program partners with prominent U.S.-accredited universities in the MENA region to build a diverse and dynamic network of future changemakers. Through the high-quality education provided by our partner institutions—the American University of Beirut, the Lebanese American University, and the American University in Cairo—program participants are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills for leadership at local, regional, and national levels.

The TL Program invites applications from aspiring leaders in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen. Current high school students, or those who graduated high school in 2023, are eligible to apply for the TL Undergraduate Program. For applicants from Yemen, Syria, Libya, and Iraq, the program considers those who graduated high school in 2021 or 2022.

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program offers a comprehensive scholarship package that includes:

  • Tuition and enrollment fees (for a maximum period of four academic years for undergraduate students and two academic years for graduate students)
  • University health insurance
  • Entrance visa and residency permit fees
  • Student housing
  • Monthly living stipend when participating in TL activities
  • Textbook allowance
  • Laptop (for use for the duration of the program)
  • Two round-trip tickets to home country, territory, or place of residence per year

Moreover, participants gain access to a wide range of opportunities such as civic leadership and career-oriented workshops, internship placements, faculty mentorship, and guidance. TL Undergraduate students also have the unique chance to study at a university in the United States, while TL Graduate students are given the opportunity to participate in graduate assistantships or research assistantships.

The application process, designed to identify exceptional candidates, includes essay questions, an English language assessment provided by Arizona State University (ASU), transcripts, letters of recommendation, financial documentation, and more. Visit our website at https://www.tomorrowsleadersprogram.org/ to access the application and to learn more about the program. All applications must be submitted online by November 30th, 2023.

Are you ready to embark on a journey that will transform your life and empower you to become a future leader of the MENA region? Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to positive change. Apply for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program today and become part of a network of influential changemakers. To learn more about the application process and program details, register to attend our free online information session on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at 7 PM EEST/12 PM EDT.

Welcoming the Incoming Fall 2023 Cohort of Tomorrow’s Leaders: An Exciting Journey Begins!

We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the newest cohort of Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL) Program students from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen. With students representing diverse backgrounds and cultures, this cohort promises to bring rich perspectives to the TL program.

This year, we are excited to announce that the  Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG) Program welcomes 26 students, while the Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate (TLU) Program comprises 52 students. 27 students will be attending the American University of Beirut (AUB), 24 will be joining the American University in Cairo (AUC), and 27 are set to commence their studies at the Lebanese American University (LAU).

Being selected for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program is a testament to the hard work and dedication of these students. The demanding application process included challenging essay questions, an English assessment provided by Arizona State University (ASU), interview panels with U.S. embassy staff, and more. Selected students demonstrated not only academic excellence and language skills, but also leadership experience and potential. Each student brings with them a range of experiences and backgrounds that align with the program’s goal to serve socioeconomically underserved students with who represent the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s cultural, religious, and geographic diversity.

In preparation for their academic journey, the new cohort of Tomorrow’s Leaders attended pre-departure orientation and leadership training facilitated by FHI 360. These sessions provided a holistic approach to their upcoming educational experience, offering insights into the academic culture of American-style universities and enhancing their leadership skills . In preparation for their travel to Lebanon and Egypt, essential travel logistics were discussed, ensuring a smooth transition to their chosen universities. The pre-departure orientation concluded with an engaging panel led by TL alumni.  They offered valuable advice and encouragement, sharing their own experiences with the new cohort

We couldn’t be more excited to witness the incredible growth, achievements, and positive impact they will undoubtedly bring to their communities, countries, and the world. Here’s to the inspiring journey that lies ahead for the new cohort of remarkable Tomorrow’s Leaders!