The McCain Institute’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Program

Deadline: 7 February 2020
Open to: mid-level professional who is a leader in his/her respective field 
Benefits: nine-month global professional development and training program


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.


A Next Generation Leader is a mid-level professional who is a leader in his/her respective field and looks to play an even more significant role in his/her society’s future. Current and past Next Generation Leaders come from all walks of life: journalists, judges, business executives, passionate advocates, non-profit founders, activists and more. But together, Next Generation Leaders are shaping the world we will inhabit in the future.

Below are the target countries and sectors for the 2021 program. The Institute also welcomes applicants from any geographic region or sector who exemplify extraordinary character and leadership promise.

Target countries:
Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Cameroon, Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Bangladesh, China, Japan, South Korea, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, The United Kingdom

Target sectors:
Political Leadership, National Security, Countering Extremism, Public Health, E-Governance, Freedom of the Press, Climate Change, Migration Issues, Anti-Human and Labor Trafficking, Anti-Corruption


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.

How to apply?

In order to apply, you must fill in the application form.

For more information visit the official website.