The McCain Institute’s flagship program is the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program, designed to identify, train, network as well as empower a diverse group of emerging, character-driven leaders from the United States and around the world. Moreover, the program offers a unique blend of professional development, exposure to top-level policymakers and formal training in leadership. In addition, a key aspect of the program is each NGL’s preparation of an individual Leadership Action Plan (LAP). Furthermore, aimed at defining the tangible steps and actions the NGLs will take to bring about positive change in their home communities, the LAP becomes the central project of the development year.
- 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.
The program is year-long and begins in early September and runs through the end of August of the following calendar year. Also, participants are expected to be in the United States for the entire program year and attend all four leadership development modules along with contributing at their placement organizations to gain the full NGL experience.
- Applicants should be in their mid-career, possess working proficiency in English with a high-degree of professional, academic and work achievements.
- Aspiring Next Generation Leaders must demonstrate commitment to highest level of ethical leadership, show decisive recommendations that substantiate their leadership qualities, and make a commitment to return to their home environment at the end of the program year.
- Participants should have a decade or more of career experience.
- There is no specific age requirement, however, typical NGLs range from 30 to 45 years old.
- Applicants must be fluent in English. NGLs must be able to read and understand complex texts; give oral presentations in front of small and large audiences, build a professional network; and create personal relationships with colleagues, Institute staff and distinguished guests.
- Applicants from all countries and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.