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McCain Institute Next Generation Leaders

McCain Institute Next Generation Leaders

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.

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. At four junctures throughout the year, the program provides hands-on training focused on values, ethics and leadership, media and communications skills; and best practice examples of American business, political and civic life. A key aspect of the program is each NGL’s preparation of an individual Leadership Action Plan (LAP). Aimed at defining the tangible steps and actions the NGLs will take to bring about positive change in their home communities, the LAP becomes the central project of the development year.

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  • 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


  • 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

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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. The key criteria for acceptance into the Program are leadership capacity and vision, your draft Leadership Action Plan, and fulfillment of all other eligibility requirements.

Deadline: February 9, 2018

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