McCain Institue for International Leadership: Next

Generation Leaders (NGL) Program


The Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program is an initiative by McCain Institute of International Leadership that aims to identify, train, network and empower emerging leaders from the US and around the world. Since it’s inception in 2013, it has engaged 52 leaders from 39 countries and trained them in values, ethics and character-driven leadership. Every year 20 individuals belonging to different professional backgrounds are selected to participate in this program. The program is geared towards early to mid-career individuals who showcase a capacity to become character-driven leaders. Scholars will be placed in organizations where they will receive hands on training and exposure to American business practices, media and communication skills and leadership skills for one full year in the United States. They will also engage with top level policy makers during their training which will provide them with a support network bound to last a life time. Additionally, scholars will develop a Leadership Action Plan (LPG) that will outline how they will work on bringing a positive change in their local community once they go back home.

Application Deadline:         February 9th, 2018

Location:                                 United States of America (USA)

Duration:                                 1 year

Cost:                                         No cost


NGL will receive stipend to cover all living, travelling and program costs that will vary depending on the participants placement city. NGL will also receive health insurance and workers comp.

Additional Information:

  • NGL can bring his immediate family members to the United States for the duration of the initial program year. International travel at the beginning and end of the year will be covered for the family along with any other family expenses. However, travelling within the country to training modules will not be provided.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must;

  • Be in his/her mid career.

  • Be between the age of 30-45 years, however there are no age requirements.

  • Be fluent in written and spoken English and be able to read and understand English.

  • Have credible professional, academic and career achievements.

  • Commit to returning to his/her home country.

Application Process:

Applicants can submit an online application at

If you would like to nominate someone for a place on the NGL program, you can nominate them at

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