An official website of the United States government

The Application for the 2023 LDF Fellowship is Now Open!
December 15, 2022

LDF Fellowship


The U.S. Embassy to Yemen is excited to announce that the application is now open for the 2023 Leadership Development Fellowship (LDF) supported by the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by World Learning. The LDF Fellowship engages emerging leaders across sectors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in identifying innovative ways to address social and economic challenges in their local communities.

The LDF Fellowship advances participants’ civic engagement and social entrepreneurship by providing skills and knowledge, financial and professional resources, and regional support networks. Emerging leaders with an established track record in civic engagement and social entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply.

The LDF Fellowship is open to applicants between the ages of 28 and 35 with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and five years of civic engagement and/or social entrepreneurship experience. All applicants must be able to function comfortably in Arabic-speaking academic and professional environments, and applicants for the English track must also be able to function comfortably in English-speaking environments. Chosen participants must have both the capacity, ability, and commitment to immediately apply the experience gained throughout the LDF Fellowship in benefiting their existing work in local communities.

For more information about the requirements and selection criteria, please visit the LDF Fellowship page on MEPI’s website, or the LDF Fellowship’s frequently asked questions. The applications for the 2022 LDF Fellowship will be open between December 5, 2022 and January 16, 2023. For the latest updates and announcement, follow the LDF Facebook page and MEPI’s Facebook page. For questions and inquiries, please contact ldf@worldlearning.org.

2023 LDF Fellowship Summary (English) (PDF 584 KB)


Public Affairs Section

US Embassy to Yemen