US Scholarship Programs for Moroccan Students


Graduation-clipart2We share information on two US Government scholarship programs for Moroccan students.  Please note the respective 8 February and 18 February deadlines for application.

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1 – Study abroad in the USA with NESA UGRAD

NESA
UGRAD, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides outstanding
Moroccan students ages 18-25 with the opportunity to pursue one academic
year of undergraduate studies at an American university.  NESA UGRAD is
not a degree program. It is an academic challenge, a cultural immersion
and the perfect stepping stone to future graduate studies in the USA. 
Download the application form from the Embassy website http://morocco.usembassy.gov/education-culture/exchanges.html from U.S. Embassy Rabat. 

***The application deadline for Morocco is Monday, February 18, 2013.***  Apply today!

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2 – THE 2013 MIDDLE EAST PARTNERSHIP
INITIATIVE (MEPI) FOR STUDENT LEADERS PROGRAM

The
Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rabat is seeking candidates for the
2013 Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) for Student Leaders program. University
level students between 18 and 24 years of
age
who have a good command of English; who demonstrate leadership through
academic work, community involvement and extracurricular activities; who have a
strong interest in civic engagement and learning about the United States and
its societal institutions; who have
never traveled to the United States
, are invited to apply for this program.

The
program offers up to three (3) scholarships for Moroccan students currently at university
or a higher educational institution. The application deadline is Friday, February 8, 2013.

Program Overview:

                The MEPI for Student Leaders
Program will take place in an American University for approximately six (6)
weeks, from June 22 to August 3, 2013. The program is designed around the theme
of how leadership is conceived and practiced in different capacities
(governmental, community, civil society, private sector, etc.) and will address
themes including conflict resolution and program dynamic, the role of civil
society in the democratic process, and change management.. Student leaders
will have a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss values, issues, and
institutions that have played important roles throughout the history of the
United States.

Participants
in this program will live on a U.S. college campus, attend lectures, roundtable
discussions, and site visits with academics and civic leaders, meet ordinary
American citizens in a variety of cities and towns, engage in local community
service activities and, most importantly, have the opportunity to discover the
United States and its diverse cultures for themselves. They will be coming from
Morocco, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar,
Syria, Tunisia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jerusalem, Libya and Yemen.

All participant costs, including program
administration, international and domestic travel and ground transportation, book, cultural,
mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence will be paid by the Middle
East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) office.

Candidate Qualifications:

The
Selection preference will be given to candidates with limited or no travel
experience outside of Morocco. MEPI office will not accept candidates who
have traveled to the United States

Participants must demonstrate proficiency in conversational and written
English. They may be in any field of specialization, must be prepared to engage
seriously in class discussions and other activities, able to inform and educate
Americans about the Moroccan culture and society in different activities and in
public presentations.

Competition is open to all applicants who meet the following
minimum criteria
:

a. Are 18 to 24 years of age;

b. Demonstrate English language ability;


c. Are committed to returning to their home country/community following
completion of the program;


d. Demonstrate strong leadership potential;


e. Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;


f. Have a sustained high level of academic achievement;


g. Demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement;


h. Have no prior travel experience in the United States and limited to no study
or travel experience outside their home country;


i. Are willing and able to participate fully in intensive academic; community
service, and educational travel activities;


j. Are comfortable with campus life, sharing living accommodations while
traveling with a multinational group of participants from the Middle East and
North Africa region and with U.S. citizens, and making adjustments to cultural
and social practices different from those of their home countries/communities;
and


k. Are comfortable spending a portion of Ramadan in the United States.

HOW TO APPLY?

Applications
must be submitted by e-mail to 
rabatexchanges@state.gov by Friday, February
8, 2013
with the subject name of “2013 MEPI Student Leaders”. No late
applications will be accepted.

CONTACT

For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Section at
rabatexchanges@state.gov or call +212-537-66-8187.

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