U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Leadership Development Fellowship 2022 (Fully-funded)

U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Leadership Development Fellowship 2022 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: August 27, 2021

Applications for the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Leadership Development Fellowship 2022 are now open. Since 2007, the Leadership Development Fellowship has provided leaders from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with the opportunity to complete training in civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Emerging civic engagement and social entrepreneurship leaders across sectors from the MENA region will participate in a 5-stage, 12-month Fellowship to identify innovative ways to address social and economic challenges in local communities. The LDF Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by World Learning.

Program Details

The LDF Fellowship is an intensive civic engagement and social entrepreneurship fellowship, and selected candidates are expected to fully participate in each stage of the LDF Fellowship. The LDF Fellowship will take place over 12 months and include 5 stages:

  • Stage One: Fellowship begins with two weeks of in-person workshops and trainings with World Learning in partnership with Duke University focused on: studying the systems that contribute to societal challenges; building effective partnerships for social change; and developing inclusive and equitable interventions.
  • Stage Two: Fellows refine interventions and complete exercises that provide local focus on systems analysis, inclusive interventions, building partnerships, and other acquired tools and knowledge from Stage One.
  • Stage Three: Fellows spend three weeks in the United States as part of the English Track (for high-proficiency English speakers), or in Tunisia as part of the Arabic Track (for high-proficiency Arabic speakers), to gain academic and local insights into civic engagement and social entrepreneurship and to report and reflect on the findings of their Stage Two activities.
  • Stage Four: Over six months, fellows apply the lessons of the LDF Fellowship and report on results to strengthen their ongoing civic and social entrepreneurial activities. During this stage, Fellows may apply for small grants or technical assistance.
  • Stage Five: In the final month, the Fellows reconvene for three days to learn and share the impact of their LDF experience.


  • The LDF Fellowship will cover the cost of international travel, lodging, and health insurance, and provide a modest living stipend to cover meals and incidentals during the in-person engagements.


  • Applicants must be between 28 and 35 years of age.
  • Applicants must have at least five years of professional work experience in a relevant field.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of five years of civic engagement and/or social entrepreneurship experience.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants in both tracks must be able to function comfortably in Arabic-speaking academic and professional environments. Almost all virtual activities are conducted in Arabic.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to participate fully in all five stages of the LDF Fellowship. Fellows will travel out of the MENA region for two weeks at the beginning of the fellowship, for three weeks to either the U.S. or Tunisia during Stage Three, and again for three days at the end of the fellowship.
  • Applicants must have the capacity and ability to immediately apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the LDF Fellowship.

For the English Track, which includes a visit to the U.S. as part of Stage Three, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Eligible Countries: Applicants must be from Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Israel, or Bahrain.
  • English Fluency: Applicants must have strong written and oral English proficiency and be able to function comfortably in English-speaking academic and professional environments. All U.S.-based activities are conducted in English.

For the Arabic Track, which includes a visit to Tunisia as part of Stage Three, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Eligible Countries: Applicants must be from Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, or Bahrain.


Applications for the 2022 LDF Fellowship will be available online from July 26, 2021 to August 27, 2021. The application process includes completing an online application; recording a short video statement; and submitting a resume, a professional reference form, a certificate of graduation, and a passport copy (if available).

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For more information, visit LDF Fellowship.