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2022 LDF Fellowship

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The Leadership Development Fellowship (LDF Fellowship) is funded by the U.S. Department of State's U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by World Learning. The LDF Fellowship provides 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 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 seeks emerging leaders who are innovators and problem-solvers, are currently engaged in civic engagement and social entrepreneurship, can work in a cross-cultural setting, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and commit to applying the learning and skills built during the LDF Fellowship. Applicants who work on climate and environmental issues, diversity, equity, and inclusion, or gender inclusion and equality are encouraged to apply.

Those selected will come from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, organizations, and political affiliations. The LDF Fellowship does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical challenge or social status. We aim to create an inclusive and multi-cultural environment that allows all people to thrive. The LDF Fellowship seeks a gender-balanced pool of candidates and encourages applicants who belong to traditionally underserved groups and meet the eligibility criteria to apply.

LDF Fellowship  – English Track
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Strong written and oral English and Arabic proficiency is required of fellows for the English track. As part of Stage Three, fellows travel to the U.S. to attend a three-week academic and experiential experience focused on civic engagement and social entrepreneurship. Fellows will converse about complex political and global issues with peers and experts in English. However, Stage One and Stage Five activities are conducted in Arabic. In addition, most virtual activities for English Track fellows are conducted in Arabic.

LDF Fellowship – Arabic Track
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Strong written and oral Arabic proficiency is required of fellows for the Arabic track. As part of Stage Three, fellows travel to Tunisia to attend a three-week academic and experiential experience focused on civic engagement and social entrepreneurship. Fellows will converse about complex political and global issues with peers and experts in Arabic. In addition, Stage One, Stage Five, and all virtual activities for Arabic Track fellows are conducted in Arabic.

Before you start:

  • Learn about the fellowship's structure, application cycle, and selection criteria: Arabic, English
  • Read the most frequently asked questions: Arabic, English

Click here to begin your LDF Fellowship application!

The application is now closed