Fully-funded Iraq Leadership Fellowship Program for Social and Political Movements, Iraq 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on February 12, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Political Science, Social Movements, Social Science, Social Service
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected]

The Iraq Leadership Fellowship Program aims to help Iraq’s young generations of leaders to enhance their skills and build sustainable, transformative, and knowledgeable social and political change.

The Fellowship unites youthful activists from around Iraq for three private training meetings throughout the span of a year, with each training comprising three days of serious learning with professional educators. The ILF program has put resources into fostering a customized and top-notch educational plan that is designated to the particular difficulties looked at by youthful Iraqis and that has been persistently adjusted and worked on in light of the encounters of past classes. Graduates of the program will join a celebrated graduate class organization of previous fellows addressing the next generation of Iraq Leaders.

The Iraq Leadership Fellows Program

The fellowship was liberally upheld by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and DT Institute and facilitated by the Institute for Local and International Investigations at the American College of Iraq, Sulaimani. The Fellowship was established in 2017 because of the development of an age of educated, politically and socially drew in youthful Iraqis who are quick to decidedly shape the eventual fate of their country. Whether these youthful activists connect through formal political interaction, through fight developments, or through common society associations – their energy and enthusiasm for Iraq are to be praised and empowered.

The program offers these future leaders a chance to master state-of-the-art methods in the campaign, local area coordinating, and support. They do this through preparing a workshop with elite educators, and through distributed commitment with other youthful leaders from across the Middle East. Through the course of the Fellowship, the Fellows create, refine and send off their own political or social missions with escalated tutoring and support. The Fellows likewise foster profound connections inside the Fellowship, furnishing them with a different organization of Iraqis with whom they can team up and keep on fostering their developments.

The fellowship will be offering two tracks, one for social activists and the other one for the future political candidate. The preparation for social activists centers around building the abilities expected to mount viable missions, while the preparation for future political future candidates fosters the necessary abilities to partake in the electing system.

Fellowship Provider: Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS), Foundation Office Syria and Iraq 

About the Provider 

Freedom, solidarity, and Justice are the basic standards that are basically crafted by the Konrad-Adenauer-Establishment (KAS). The KAS is a political establishment, firmly connected with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). As a fellow benefactor of the CDU and the principal Chancellor of the Government Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) joined Christian, social, moderate, and liberal practices. His name is inseparable from the democratic reconstruction of Germany, the firm arrangement of international strategy with the upsides of the overseas local area, the vision of a brought together Europe and a direction towards the social market economy. His academic legacy keeps on serving both as the foundation point as well as our commitment today.

Through the foundation office in the Middle East, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation provides assistance to economic, political, and social developments in the region. They want to contribute to the sustainable way of reinforcing a democracy, civil society, rule of law and developments in the social markets economy, avoidance of conflicts, and the consolidation of cooperations in the region together with Europe.

The Syria/Iraq Office has been set up in September 2015 and manages what is happening in the two nations, questions in regards to the steadiness of adjoining nations, the outcast circumstance and security ramifications of the conflict in Syria as well as the circumstance after the tactical loss of the alleged Islamic State (IS).

In a joint partnership with DT Institute and will be hosted at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, the Fellowship program wil create and develop new leaders in order to promote freedom and social and political developments.


  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Applicant’s Nationality: Iraq
  • Degree Level: Any Level
  • Field: Social and Political
  • Number of Awards: Two
  • Duration: One Year
  • Scholarship Awards: Tuition fee, accommodation, and travel expenses
  • Scholarship Country: Iraq
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Eligibility Criteria 

The candidates applying for the fellowship program must meet be able to meet the following:

  • The candidates must be a citizen and residents of Iraq
  • Must be in the age of 25 to 35 years old at the time of the application.
  • Applicants are required to have at least two years of experience in any social activism or political campaigns or activities.
  • Applicants must be committed to attending three residential sessions to be able to read all the materials needed and engage in the mentorship sessions to pursue the activities.
  • Must be fluent in Arabic.

The candidates are also expected on the following:

  • Devoted to extending their jobs as political or social leaders, and energetic about calmly achieving positive change in Iraq
  • Positive in their disposition, and have exhibited diligence and drive
  • Mentally inquisitive, open-minded toward assorted points of view, and able to face challenges
  • Focused on maintaining democratic values and practicing individual trustworthiness
  • Coaches enthusiastically for putting resources into others, and prepared to add to and improve the experience of different fellows
  • Coachable and looking for criticism
  • Humble and ready to request help
  • Results-situated, mission-driven, and creative
  • Administration-situated alliance developers who can successfully arrange and oversee struggle as an individual from a group
  • Ready to exhibit leadership potential
  • Capable to listen and communicate in written and spoken words

The Fellowship looks for a variety of representations as far as a governorate, orientation, and occupation.

Application Process 

The application can be completed in an online portal provided by the foundation.

Application Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until February 18, 2023.

Fellowship Awards 

The fellowship program will be covering the successful fellows:

  • Tuition fee
  • Accommodation
  • Travel Expenses

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