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Leaders for Democracy Fellowship - Lebanon

Sponsored by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State

The LDF Program provides emerging civic leaders the opportunity to spend three months in Lebanon (for Arabic speakers) to gain academic skills and practical experience as well as network with like-minded peers and professionals. In addition, there is also an English language LDF-U.S. program which persons can apply to. Please visit  for more information on LDF-U.S. program.

LDF seeks candidates with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, proven leadership abilities, the ability to work in a cross-cultural setting and a commitment to the program and follow-on activities. To promote program sustainability and create a multiplier effect, participants will create and implement follow-on projects in their home communities. The actions plans for the follow-on projects will be developed and finalized throughout the course of the program.

Applications will be reviewed based on clearly defined criteria, including:

  • Demonstrated a strong commitment to being a leader of positive change in your community
  • Demonstrated tolerance and a desire to work collaboratively with a diverse cohort of peers irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, religion, political views and socioeconomic status
  • Interest in participating in the program and sharing the experience with others
  • Commitment to the implementation of a follow-on project.
Those selected will come from diverse backgrounds and LDF aims for gender balance.
The LDF Arabic program in Lebanon will take place from February 20 to May 20, 2017. Applicants who apply for and are accepted into this program will first attend a five week academic component at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and then be placed in host organizations aligned with their professional interests for an eight-week practicum experience in Beirut.

  • Applicants with written and high oral Arabic proficiency is required for the Lebanon-based program as the participants will need to converse about complex political and global issues in Arabic with peers and experts.
  • Applicants between the ages of 25 and 35 with a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
  • Applicants that have at least five years of professional work experience and both the capacity and commitment to apply the experience gained through the Fellowship in developing and implementing a project that will benefit an organization, specific community and/or sector in their home countries.