Deadline: February 8, 2018

Applications and nominations are now open for McCain Institute’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program. This is McCain Institute’s flagship program designed to identify, train, network and empower a diverse group of emerging, character-driven leaders from the United States and around the world.

The McCain Institute is committed to identifying, training, supporting, networking and fostering the growth of the next generation of global leaders. Each year, the McCain Institute selects up to 20 emerging leaders to be a part of its Next Generation Leaders Program. If you are a rising leader in your field, with a passion for change and commitment to making a decisive and positive difference in the lives of others; please to apply to become a Next Generation Leader.


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.

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.


  • The McCain Institute provides each NGL a monthly stipend that covers all standard living costs for a year 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.
  • All 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.


  • Applicants from all countries and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should be in their mid-career, with a high-degree of professional, academic and work achievements.
  • They should possess working proficiency in English
  • There is no specific age requirement, however, typical NGLs range from 30 to 45 years old.
  • Aspiring Next Generation Leaders must demonstrate commitment to highest level of ethical leadership
  • They must show decisive recommendations that substantiate their leadership qualities
  • They must make a commitment to return to their home environment at the end of the program year.
  • Although the McCain Institute is part of Arizona State University, the NGL Program does not accept full-time students or full-time academics. The NGL program is designed for leader-practitioners who seek to implement a high-impact vision for leadership in their home environments.

Selection Criteria

The key criteria for acceptance into the Program are leadership capacity and vision, your draft Leadership Action Plan, and fulfillment of all other eligibility requirements.



  • If you know a rising leader in his or her field, with a passion for change and commitment to making a decisive and positive difference in the lives of others; please nominate someone to apply to be a part of the Next Generation Leaders program at the McCain Institute.

For more information, visit McCain Institute.

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