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McCain Institute’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Program 2020/2021 (Fully-funded to USA)

Deadline: February 7, 2020. 

The program runs from September 2020 – May 2021.

The McCain Institute’s flagship program is the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program, designed to identify, train, network and empowers a diverse group of emerging, character-driven leaders from the United States and around the world.

The McCain Institute seeks nominations and applications for its next class of Next Generation Leaders, an intensive, nine-month global professional development and training program rooted in ethics, values and character-driven leadership.

A Next-Generation Leader is a mid-level professional who is a leader in his/her respective field and looks to play an even more significant role in his/her society’s future. Current and past Next Generation Leaders come from all walks of life: journalists, judges, business executives, passionate advocates, non-profit founders, activists and more. But together, Next Generation Leaders are shaping the world we will inhabit in the future.

Target countries:

Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Cameroon, Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Bangladesh, China, Japan, South Korea, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, The United Kingdom

Target sectors:

Political Leadership, National Security, Countering Extremism, Public Health, E-Governance, Freedom of the Press, Climate Change, Migration Issues, Anti-Human and Labor Trafficking, Anti-Corruption

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants should be in their mid-career, possess working proficiency in English with a high degree of professional, academic and work achievements.

  • Aspiring Next Generation Leaders must demonstrate a commitment to the highest level of ethical leadership, show decisive recommendations that substantiate their leadership qualities, and make a commitment to return to their home environment at the end of the program year.

  • Participants should have a decade or more of career experience.

  • There is no specific age requirement, however, typical NGLs range from 30 to 45 years old.


  • The McCain Institute provides each NGL a stipend that covers all standard living costs for a year.

  • Each participant receives the stipend amount monthly, covering expenses such as rent, utilities, food and any other regular costs.

  • The stipend amount varies depending on the cost of living in the participant’s placement city. Added to the stipend is travel allowance that NGLs may use for professional travel in support of their LAP’s during the program year.

  • The overall stipend is separate from the program related cost, such as travel to and from leadership training modules, module lodgings and per diem for the duration of program modules are covered by the McCain Institute separately.

  • Per visa regulations, the McCain Institute also covers health insurance and workers comp.


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