Last updated | June 20, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG) program - Spring 2022

1. What is the TLG program?

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG) program is a joint effort between the US Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA/AC), and the American University in Cairo (AUC). The program is also implemented in the American University in Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese American University (LAU). TLG equips academically qualified and economically deserving students with the professional qualifications and experience needed to advance knowledge and contribute to socially relevant outcomes. Furthermore, through organized graduate study and research, volunteer opportunities, and leadership training, TLG furthers the professionalization of emerging leaders, enhances their employability, and proposes local solutions to shared problems in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

2. What the TLG program covers fields of study?

TLG offers MENA students a unique opportunity to pursue higher education and earn a master's degree in one of the following graduate programs: Economics; International and Comparative Education; Migration and Refugee Studies; or Nanotechnology. For more information on fields of study, research projects, and/or email faculty advisors, visit TLG's web page.

3. What are the students’ eligibility criteria?

The minimum GPA required for admission to the TLG program is 3.0 or equivalent. You will find a comprehensive overview of admission requirements on the TLG web page.

4. What are the countries eligible for the TLG program?

For Spring 2022, AUC is currently only accepting  applications form the following countries: Iraq, Jordan, and  Morocco.

5. Are Egyptians not eligible to apply for the TLG program?

Egyptians are eligible to apply to the two other implementing partners in Lebanon. TIf available, please visit AUB and LAU websites to know more about eligibility, application requirements, and Spring admission, respectively.

6. How many students will be accepted in Spring 2022?

The TLG program is a very competitive competitive program. As a result, only three applicants will be admitted into the program in Spring 2022.

7. What is the minimum required English score?

Applicants for the spring 2022 admission cycle must submit either international TOEFL (iBT) or Academic IELTS that is no more than two years old from their anticipated first date of enrollment with an overall score that qualifies them for full admission to AUC. For more information, please refer to the graduate admission webpage with all the relevant information regarding the cut-off scores and the modules placements.

8. Do I have to take the IELTS or its equivalent if I graduate from AUC?

Graduates of AUC will be exempted from taking the English placement tests.

9. How do I apply to the program?

Click  here for a setp - by - step guide on how to fill and submit the TLG Graduate admission application. Applicants will need to follow the instructions here to complete and submit the online TLG Program Application.

10. Do I have to submit both the AUC graduate admission and the TLG applications?

Applicants should submit the AUC graduate admission application by the announced deadline of Ocotober 1 to get their student ID. The ID will provide applicants with access to fill out the TLG support application by a maximum of October 15. Applicants who fail to submit the TLG support application by October 15 will not be considered. For more information about how to apply, check the TLG Application Manual.

11. What information do I need to highlight in the TLG application?

In the TLG application, candidates will need to express how they wish to develop their knowledge in one of the fields covered under this program, obtain substantial advanced practical experience, and further develop their capacity to be community and/or business leaders who contribute to addressing local, national, and/or regional problems. Applicants are encouraged to describe their research interests and professional goals in their essays, how they plan to accomplish them, and why TLG is best suited for them. They shall also describe how their character and experiences have formed them into someone who will contribute positively and effectively to the academic discipline and society.

12. Are non-academic recommendation letters acceptable?

Professional recommendation letters are acceptable. Yet, applicants should include referees who are capable of evaluating their writing and research skills. Applicants are required in the admission application to indicate the names and email addresses of their referees. AUC will email the referees directly for submission of letters of recommendation. IThe applicants' responsibility is to follow up with their referees to ensure that the letters are submitted on time. Further instructions can be found here.

13. How do I know if my application is accepted and if I am shortlisted for interviews?

AUC will contact shortlisted applicants for interviews. Applicants can inquire about their application status by emailing us at

14. How can I get in contact with a TLG staff member for questions?

For any inquiries or questions, email us at