The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has announced that it is now accepting applications for U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs focused on developing leadership skills.
The programs provide Iraqi students and professionals with the opportunity to travel to the United States to exchange ideas and build linkages with their American colleagues. These programs work to support the goals of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement and to build ties between the United States and Iraq. Specifically, they are working together to promote cultural and educational exchanges to forge strong, long-lasting bonds of friendship and mutual respect.
The following programs focused on inspiring future leaders are now accepting applications:
- U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative Leaders for Democracy Fellowship: This highly competitive annual program will take place in the United States from March through June 2012. In the first stage of the program, participants will undertake academic coursework at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Syracuse, New York. In the second stage, participants will engage in a six-week professional assignment in Washington, DC. This competition is open to professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 with a bachelor’s degree, five years of work experience, and fluency in English. To apply, contact IraqiMEPI@state.gov. The deadline for applications is November 20, 2011.
- Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP): This program will provide 230 Iraqi high school and undergraduate students a unique exchange experience in the summer of 2012. The high school program is a four-week youth leadership exchange based in the United States for Iraqi and American teenagers ages 15-18 and several Iraqi adults. The undergraduate program is a six-week leadership exchange for students in their first, second, and third years of university, and will focus on environment and social awareness, public health and community development, public policy, and social media. To apply for the high school program, visit http://regonline.com/IYLEP-HS. To apply for the undergraduate program, visit http://www.regonline.com/IYLEP-UG. To apply to become an adult mentor in the high school program, visit http://www.regonline.com/IYLEP-HSadult. The deadline is December 18, 2011.
There is no cost to apply to these programs. The U.S. Department of State will fully fund participants’ travel, educational program costs, health insurance, housing, and a modest living stipend.