Apply to attend the AMENDS Conference 2016 – Stanford University, CA (fully-funded)

Apply to attend the AMENDS Conference 2016 – Stanford University, CA (fully-funded)

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Applications are now accepted for the 2016 American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS). The 5th annual delegate conference will take place at Stanford University, April 6th – April 10th. AMENDS is a student initiative at Stanford University that brings together the most promising youth change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa, and United States to learn from each other, connect with global leaders and resources, and share, through TED style talks, their ideas and experiences with the world.

It is a collaborative student-led initiative interested in the promotion of understanding and respect around the Middle East, and the support of a generation of leaders who are working to ignite concrete social and economic development in the MENA region. Approximately 24 delegates will be selected to come to Stanford.

Delegate Responsibilities and Benefits

Accepted delegates will:

  • Present a 10-12 minute video talk about their initiative at Stanford University. Hosted on our channel, these talks have nearly over 70,000 people.
  • Attend a networking dinner.
  • Receive financial and logistical assistance with flights and visas to and from Stanford, CA. Accommodations and food will be provided.
  • Attend workshops and talks at Stanford. In the past, this has included a talk by Prince Moulay Hicham, a workshop on presenting by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a workshop on design thinking by the Stanford
  • Join and take leadership in the AMEND Fellows Network, a self-sustaining network of 120 former delegates. For the past 3 years, a separate conference has been held annually for fellows at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey.


Applicants must:

  • be 18 – 28 years old.
  • have innovative ideas and well thought-out initiatives that could affect positive change in the world.
  • have initiatives addressing political, social, or economic issues pertaining to the Middle East in innovative ways.
  • demonstrate the potential to further understanding between the respective regions and demonstrate potential to influence American-Middle Eastern affairs.

Delegates will be selected based on the level of their dedication to promoting change in the MENA region and/or in U.S.- MENA relations. AMENDS will also heavily consider the past experiences and backgrounds of each delegate that will enable him/her to contribute a unique perspective to the conference, in order to ensure a rich, diverse group of delegates.

For more information and to apply, visit AMENDS Conference.