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Tomorrow's Leaders (TL) Programs

Tomorrow’s Leaders Programs are a joint effort between the US Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA/AC) and The American University in Cairo. In 2008, AUC welcomed its first cohort of Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate scholars (TLU). The programs continue to expand across the MENA region to offer educational and leadership opportunities to outstanding youth.

About TL Programs

TL programs aim to create a strong foundation for a cadre of civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally skilled university students, well-prepared to become future community and business leaders through high-quality academic support, leadership development activities, and civic engagement opportunities.

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Programs Offered

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Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program (TLU)

TLU offers eligible students from the MENA region the opportunity to pursue four years of undergraduate studies at AUC in a relevant field of study. The program intends to nurture leadership skills and the spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism among students who will become leaders in their communities.

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Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate Program (TLG)

TLG offers academically qualified students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) a unique opportunity to pursue higher education and earn a master's degree at The American University in Cairo (AUC) in one of the selected fields. The program also equips students with professional hands-on experience to deepen their knowledge and contribute to the advancement of their societies through research.

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Tomorrow’s Leaders Gender Scholars Program (TLS)

TLS offers a scholarship to currently enrolled AUC students who are interested in gender studies. The scholarship covers tuition fees for up to two semesters, in addition to training in gender, leadership, career and entrepreneurial and soft skills.

Tomorrow's Leaders Pipeline Participants

Tomorrow’s Leaders College to Work Pipeline (TLP)

TLP aims to bridge the skills gaps between the college to work pipeline and enable the TL students (undergraduate and graduate) to find meaningful employment and leadership opportunities in their areas of professional interests, or launch their own startups upon graduation to become future employers. 

Meet Our Current Students

Being a TLU student in AUC made my life better in a way that is indescribable. I became a stronger, wiser, more courageous, and open person. It gave me the chance to see life in different aspects, and meet people from different backgrounds, and get into situations which I would've never had the chance to go through. I am so grateful.

Alaa AbouGharara

TLU has prepared me for a demanding environment in the workplace while always keeping social and civic responsibility in the back of my head. Now every time I find myself immersed in the corporate world I remind myself that I have a responsibility to help those around me and contribute to bettering the place I'm in.

Noor Akroush

My 5-year experience through TLU told me that changing my mind was okay. Having a major didn't mean I have to be fully committed to it. Without TLU's support to explore and discover, I wouldn't have taken multiple minors and found out my passion in one of them, my life would've been very different! I'm all about startups now.

Nouran Ghannam

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