Limited Submission: Tomorrow’s Leaders College-to-Work Pipeline Pilot


The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that aims to build a cadre of civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally-skilled professional leaders who will become the community, business, and national leaders of the future. This project will match the Middle East Partnership Initiative’s (MEPI) Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL) senior students (undergraduate and graduate) with meaningful employment and leadership opportunities in their areas of professional interests.

In seeking to address the high unemployment and high levels of emigration of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) youth, MEPI seeks to partner with private, public, and nongovernmental sector organizations to incentivize employers to increase employment opportunities and preparedness for youth leadership in the MENA region and to annually place 40 TL graduates in jobs.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Eligible Countries and Territories

The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs’ Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) seeks to include applicants / participants from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, and citizens from Syria who have been displaced to third countries due to the ongoing conflict in their country of origin. Please note: Applications that focus on activities in or participants from countries and territories other than those listed will NOT be considered.

Award Amount
  • Contingent on the availability of funds, approximately $3,000,000 in Economic Support Funds for approximately one (1) award will initially be awarded through this announcement.
  • NEA/AC strongly encourages applications from organizations headquartered in the Middle East and North Africa region. International non-governmental organizations with principal bases of operations outside the Middle East and North Africa are also encouraged to apply, but the percentage of total budget actually spent in the region will be among the elements of evaluation for this competition.
  • To be considered for funding under this opportunity, applicants shall have demonstrable previous experience working in the MENA region. This should be addressed within the project narrative section of your application.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit projects that include partnerships with local organizations that would work together on specific programmatic objectives or priorities and that utilize local expertise. In particular, NEA/AC strongly encourages applicants not based in the MENA region to partner with local organizations.
  • Cost-sharing is required.
Selection Criteria

Detailed selection criteria can be found in section VIII. Application Review and Selection Process in the NOFO.

  • Achievable Objectives (20 points)
  • Project Design (40 points)
  • Organizational Capacity (25 points)
  • Staff and Position Specifications (15 points)
  • Budget & Budget Narrative (Acceptable or Not Acceptable)
Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • A brief (less than a page) summary of total costs that includes the total amount of and source for any cost share.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • A two-page Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contact  All questions and a notification of Intent to Apply must be submitted in writing to by January 20, 2020 at 17:00:00 eastern time (ET). NEA/AC will create a document of the submitted questions along with the answers and post it on SAMS Domestic and Questions submitted after the deadline will not be addressed.

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