Call for MEPI Alumni Mentors for the Student Leaders Program Capstone Seminar March/April 2018


The U.S. Department of State funded, and Georgetown University administered Student Leaders Program (SLP) is looking for MEPI alumni mentors to lead trainings and facilitate sessions for 2017 student leaders during the three-day Capstone Seminar that will take place in Tunisia, sometime from March 15 to April 15, 2018. This is a great opportunity for alumni to help develop the leadership skills and civic engagement opportunities of new student leaders across the MENA region!

Please click on the following link to download more information on the application process, eligibility requirements, and the application form. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Alumni mentors will receive a $250 USD honorarium to thank them for their role in the Capstone Seminar. Georgetown University will also provide airfare, meals, and lodging. Please note the seminar is conducted entirely in English; therefore, successful applicants must have strong English language skills and experience presenting in English. Selected alumni mentors will be required to participate in all Capstone Seminar activities for a three-day period (dates TBD). Additionally, selected alumni mentors will be working with Georgetown University program staff in February and March 2018 to prepare for their training sessions.

Role of Alumni Mentors: Mentors will support the Capstone Seminar by developing and leading trainings and participating in sessions that support 2017 student leaders in being active and effective in the civic life of their communities. As an alumni mentor, you will be an integral part of the seminar. Your five major duties will include:

  1. developing and conducting a 75-minute training workshop for the student leaders, potentially twice during the event;
  2. leading interactive work groups with others from either your country or region to analyze the state of civil society and plans for engagement and collaboration, noting important takeaways;
  3. facilitating discussions with expert trainer and civil society practitioners for the student leaders, either in a training session or civil society organization visit;
  4. serving on an evaluation/review panel to provide students with feedback on their civic engagement plans;
  5. interacting, networking, encouraging, and mentoring 2017 student leaders civic engagement and leadership development.

Selection Criteria and Considerations: Selection will be competitive, and the following criteria will be used to assess the merit of applications:

  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience and experience related to the training topics listed in the application.
  • Demonstrated commitment working with youth in a collaborative and interactive manner, rather than top-down.
  • Strong English language skills and public speaking abilities.
  • Must have been a MEPI participant or local grantee from one of the following: Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza.
  • Selection will attempt to balance representation across different countries, communities, and areas of expertise.
  • Availability and ability to participate during the three-day Capstone Seminar to be held within the March 15 -April 15, 2018 timeframe. If there are dates that you will not be available during this timeframe, please make sure to indicate which dates you are unavailable.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have not been an alumni mentor at the SLP Capstone Seminar in the past. This will not serve as an immediate disqualification; it will simply be one of the many factors considered.

Application Instructions and Deadlines: Please click on the following link to download application instructions and application. To apply, please make sure to fill out the attached application form, responses to essay questions A and B, a brief 3-minute video, a resume, and any other supporting attachments. Once you have completed the application package, kindly submit the application and the corresponding attachments to: In the subject line, please write: SLP: Alumni Mentor Application (First Name, Last Name) and (Country).

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Candidates will be notified of their selection at the end of January, early February 2018. If you have any questions regarding the program or your submission, please email the SLP team at

Related Program

MEPI Student Leaders Program

The MEPI Student Leaders Program is a U.S. Department of State sponsored exchange program for undergraduate student leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. The CIED-designed curriculum allows students to develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society and democratic leadership.