Tomorrow's Leaders Graduate Fellowship Program

Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG) Fellowship Program is a joint effort between the US Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA/AC) and AUC. TLG equips academically qualified and economically disadvantaged students with the professional qualifications and experience needed to advance knowledge and contribute to the achievement of socially relevant outcomes, through organized graduate study and research that furthers the professionalization of emerging leaders and proposes local solutions to shared problems in the MENA region.

TLG offers students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) a unique opportunity to pursue higher education and earn a master degree at The American University in Cairo in one of the following graduate programs:

  • Economics
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Nanotechnology

Eligibility

  • Nationals of the following countries only: Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen and displaced Syrian citizens residing outside of Syria
  • Meet AUC graduate admission requirements
  • Strong academic potential with a bachelor degree of a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Possess maturity, flexibility and leadership potential, demonstrated in a combination of extracurricular activities, recommendations, and interviews
  • Financial need

Research Requirement(s):

Applicants to the TLG program must commit to pursuing their graduate thesis research in one of the following research projects:

MA Economics

  • ECON1: Examining the trajectory and agency of young people living in a context of marginalization and exclusion in the slum neighborhoods of Greater Cairo (Mona SaidRania Roushdy)
  • ECON2: Studying the degree of the economic integration of refugees into the economies of the hosting countries (Dina Abdel Fattah)
  • ECON3: School-level determinants of vulnerable students’ success (Rami Galal)
  • ECON4: Evaluating the impact of the graduation approach in Egypt in 400 poor villages across two governorates in Sohag and Assiut (Mona Said)

MA International and Comparative Education

MA Migration and Refugees Studies

M.Sc. Nanotechnology

  • NANO1: Nano-engineered Forward Osmosis (FO) blend membranes with enhanced performance for use in desalination applications (Amal Esawi)
  • NANO2: Metal additive manufacturing of engineered porous cellular structures for biomedical applications (Hanadi A. G. Salem)

Duration

The fellowship is awarded for a duration of two years, in addition to any academic English language remedial courses which might be needed, with a review every semester for satisfactory academic performance. 

Award

The fellowship covers:

1. Full tuition fees for the fall and spring semesters

2. Medical insurance

3. A monthly stipend

4. Student housing

5. Laptop

6. Internship/practicum opportunity including local transportation costs if needed

7. Opportunity to attend one conference to present research findings, applied to and awarded competitively, as per the guidelines for Graduate Student Support Grants

8. Two annual round-trip economy air ticket from home to campus; or housing and living stipend to continue approved program activities on campus during breaks for students unable to return home because of circumstances outside of their control

Responsibilities of Fellows:

  • Students must maintain full-time status throughout their graduate studies
  • Students are expected to complete their degrees within two years from their date of admission
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Commit to the chosen Research projects
  • Successfully complete in at least one gender studies graduate-level course
  • Successfully complete leadership/civic engagement workshops assigned throughout the program
  • Take part in the TLG graduate student’s conferences
  • Commit to all activities as described in the TLG program manual

To Apply

Step 1: Check how to apply and submit the online application
Step 2: Complete and submit the online fellowship application

Deadline: April 15 for the fall semester.

For inquiries, email tlg@aucegypt.edu