McCain Institute Call for Applications: 2019 Next Generation Leaders Program

Deadline: 15 February 2019

The McCain Institute is inviting applications for its Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program which is designed to identify, train, network and empower a diverse group of emerging, character-driven leaders from the United States and around the world.

The program offers emerging global leaders a fully paid year of targeted professional and personal leadership development. Geared to mid-career professionals, this yearlong, fully funded professional development program empowers emerging global leaders through the McCain Institute’s tailored professional development experience.

The program offers a unique blend of professional development, exposure to top-level policymakers and formal training in leadership.


  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 commitment to 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.
  • Fluent in English and able to read and understand complex texts; give oral presentations in front of small and large audiences, build a professional network; and create personal relationships with colleagues, Institute staff and distinguished guests.
  • The McCain Institute selects target countries and sectors that are specific to each program year. However, applicants from all countries and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit

  • Avatar mustapha kargbo says:

    am interested in this cause ,i relay want to study leadership am an activist in Sierra Leone please me latest appliacation form

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi mustapha kargbo,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity. Please submit your application form online by visiting

      Good luck!

      • Avatar Sanjesh Kumar says:

        I am interested in this but let me know about the process because I am recently done with my 16 years of education.

        • Avatar Priyanka says:

          Hi Sanjesh Kumar,

          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.

          To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

          Good Luck!

  • Avatar mustapha kargbo says:

    please send me application form to my email

  • Avatar RAYMOND OGIRIKI says:

    This program wouldn’t have come at a better time as this when Nigerians have lost all it takes to deliver good governance for her teeming poor. Corruption and security of life and property are serious challenge to our dear country. We have lost it all due to the absence of good governance. Fortunately, I have three relations who are very passionate about good governance in Ndokwa East Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria. The LGA is perceived to be the worse of all LGAs in Nigeria due to lack of good democratic governance. These three guys are ready to perform wonders if give the chance. Kindly give them the chance to change the dirt in that LGA and affect the people positively. God bless McCain Institute for this foresight.

  • Avatar DAKEYI Athanase says:

    I am a disable people organization leader based in Cameroon.this is an important opportinity for empowering leaders that bring social, economic and political changes in africa in line with human rights and especially disabled people rights

  • Avatar Gobah A. Anderson says:

    Great opportunity and I am looking forward to submitting an application, thanks to the generosity of those who made this possible. Merry Christ to all.

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