Application Deadline: February 15th 2019
The McCain Institute’s flagship program is the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program, designed to identify, train, network and empower 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.
Following the initial training and coaching module in Washington, NGLs depart for their placements sites across the United States to professionally develop in areas relevant to their future goals while providing a broadening experience. For example, an international journalist may receive placement in a major American newspaper city desk, a national government executive in a mayor’s office or a political activist in a community-based organization. All placement sites are chosen by the McCain Institute.
A critical element of NGL Program participation is the follow-through on each and every Leadership Action Plan. To track LAP success and maintain contact among NGLs and the McCain Institute, each participant becomes a member of the exclusive NGL Global Network. As the Institute links successive classes of leaders together, it creates an international network of advocates for common core values of security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity.
- 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.
- 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.
May I bring my family?
Yes, you may bring immediate family members with you to the United States for the initial program year. We cover international travel for immediate family to and from your placement site in the United States at the beginning and end of the program.
Nominators bring to the attention of the program to qualified candidates who are then invited to apply for participation. Nominators have the opportunity to highlight particular qualifications of an applicant. Nominated applicants are guaranteed a special screening in the annual selection process.
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