MEPI Leaders Grants for Professional Development Fund

MEPI Leaders Grants for Professional Development Fund

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During these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, community resilience is being challenged at every corner of the globe. With overwhelmed institutions, local activists are taking the stage to address the needs of their communities. MEPI Alumni are among these leaders across the Middle East and North Africa. Small grants for alumni will aid in their ability to take quick action on the ground or allow alumni to take advantage of professional development opportunities.

Professional Development Funds

Professional Development Funds will allow alumni to take advantage of professional development opportunities, such as enrolling in a course or training to enhance their technical and professional development to promote MEPI alumni as thought leaders in their respective fields and elevate the prestige of the MEPI-funded program. These fixed amount awards—up to 3,000 USD—will support alumni in short-term opportunities. Alumni will be required to provide short reports on their activity and its impact. 

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Examples of professional development funds include: 

  • Online course or training related to your field of work 

  • In-person course or training related to your field of work 

  • Conference or event related to your field of work or studies 

  • Research for graduate program or community project 

  • Subscription for magazine in your field of work 

  • Equipment for entrepreneurial projects

Application Materials for Professional Development Funds

How to apply for professional development funds:

Frequently asked questions:

Apply online:

Deadline: Applications are due on the 20th day of each month.

If you receive funding, we will ask you to report your impact:

The MEPI Leaders Grant is a part of the MEPI Alumni Connection, a program of the US-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by IREX. 


If you have any questions about the MEPI Alumni Connection program, please feel free to reach out to us by writing to