MEPI Leaders for Development Fellowship:

The U.S. Embassy in Israel is pleased to announce that the application for the 2022 Leadership Development Fellowship (LDF) is now open! 

Interested applicants citizens of Israel are welcome to apply to the English track of the LDF Fellowship.

Supported by the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by World Learning, the LDF engages emerging leaders across sectors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in identifying innovative ways to address social and economic challenges in their local communities.

The LDF Fellowship advances participants’ civic engagement and social entrepreneurship by providing skills and knowledge, financial and professional resources, and regional support networks. Emerging leaders with an established track record in civic engagement and social entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply.

The LDF Fellowship is open to applicants between the ages of 28 and 35 with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and five years of civic engagement and/or social entrepreneurship experience. All applicants must be able to function comfortably in Arabic-speaking academic and professional environments, and applicants for the English track must also be able to function comfortably in English-speaking environments. Chosen participants must have both the capacity, ability, and commitment to immediately apply the experience gained throughout the LDF Fellowship in benefiting their existing work in local communities.

For more information about the requirements and selection criteria, please visit the LDF Fellowship page on MEPI’s website, or the LDF Fellowship’s frequently asked questions.

Application Process: 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).

Application Link:

Ineligibly to apply:

  • Family members of Department of State employees/US Embassy : Family members of employees of the Department of State/US Embassy would be precluded from applying for the program.
  • Family members of affiliated private sector employees/ US Embassy in Israel: Family members of employees of the Department of State -funded implementers of grant programs are technically ineligible for this program. Family members include spouse and dependent children.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page here for common questions:

For questions about the LDF Fellowship please email