Maxwell School

Middle East Programs

In collaboration the Middle East Studies Program , Executive Education manages two programs that focus on participants from the Middle East:

        CELF - Civic Education and Leadership Fellows Program
        LDF - Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program  

These programs are funded by the U. S. Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative located within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Through its Washington headquarters and Regional Offices in Abu Dhabi and Tunis, MEPI has contributed over $530 million to more than 600 projects in 17 countries and territories since its establishment in 2002.

Civic Education and Leadership Fellows Program (CELF)

CELF Scholars Spring 2010


Program Objective: Promoting Civic Education in research and teaching at institutions of higher learning in the Middle East & North Africa

Main Project Activity:Semester-long fellowship for social scientists at Syracuse University with group seminars and individualized programs

Alumni: 39 Fellows from 9 countries in 2009-2011

Fall 2010 2 final cohorts of 8-10 fellows each arriving in late August 2012 and late January 2013

For more information, contact Julia Ganson, Program Manager, Middle East & North Africa,



The Civic Education and Leadership Fellows Program is a four-year program that allows the Maxwell School to host cohorts of 8-10 faculty members per semester from under-served universities, colleges, and other post-secondary institutions across the Middle East and North Africa.  The aim is to promote civic engagement in their home countries via improved pedagogy, teacher preparation, and curriculum development for related social science departments.  This will be accomplished through the strengthening of access to information, broad research initiatives and improvement of the means by which students in the Middle East learn about civic engagement and democracy.  Utilizing the Maxwell School's faculty and institutes, professional staff, and diverse student population, CELF Fellows increase their knowledge about democracy and civil society, improve their pedagogy, and develop curriculum for their home institutions in order to communicate this knowledge to students in higher education settings.  After completing the program at SU, the fellows join an alumni network and meet annually for an academic conference in the MENA region.

Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program (LDF)

LDF Scholars 2009


Program Objectives: Promoting democratic change and civil society involvement for young leaders in the Middle East & North Africa

Project Activities: 1 month academic training at Syracuse University and 6-week professional affiliation assignment in Washington, D.C.

Alumni: 119 Fellows from 15 countries 2007-2011

Spring 2011 Fellows: Cohort of 24 fellows arrive at SU in late March from 16 countries in MENA

For more information, contact Julia Ganson, Program Manager, Middle East & North Africa, 




The Leaders for Democracy Fellows Program has brought to Syracuse University each year, for the past 5 years, a cohort of about 20 emerging civic leaders from countries across the Middle East and North Africa.  While in the USA, the participants attend a month-long academic program hosted by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs that presents foundational concepts related to democracy. The academic program mixes theoretical discussions about political systems in the Middle East and prospects for change as well as practical skills building in writing, communication, and leading change.  The experience is Syracuse is followed by a six-week professional affiliation experience in a Washington, D.C host organization such as the Woodrow Wilson Center, IREX, Human Rights Watch, and Search for a Common Ground, depending on the fellows’ interests.  The participants, roughly equal numbers of men and women, range in age from 25 to 40.  They return to their homes with new knowledge and skills to help foster positive democratic change, and form a strong alumni network that meets annually in the MENA region.





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