Lebanese American University

Tomorrows Leaders

Graduate Program

International Workshop: October 19 & 20, 2017

The Lebanese American University (LAU) has launched the Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG) Scholarship Program funded by the U.S. Department of State U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

The program offers 18 students from the Middle East and North Africa region a unique scholarship opportunity to pursue quality higher education and earn a master’s degree in one of the following fields:

  1. M.A. in Applied Economics - 30 credits (Beirut Campus)
  2. M.A. in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies - 30 credits (Beirut Campus)
  3. M.A. in International Affairs - 30 credits (Beirut or Byblos Campus)
  4. M.A. in Migration Studies - 30 credits (Beirut Campus)

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  1. Be committed to complete your Master’s degree within two-years – starting Fall 2018.
  2. Be committed to pursue hands-on public policy research and work as a part of your Master’s program.
  3. Demonstrate academic excellence.
  4. Be a citizen of: Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, or Yemen.
  5. Demonstrate financial need status per MEPI and LAU’s Financial Aid policies. Applicants should be underrepresented or economically disadvantaged students and should submit the relevant Financial Aid application as per the below.

Note: American citizens and Green Card holders are not eligible to apply.

What Does the TLG Scholarship Cover?

If you are accepted, the scholarship will cover the following:

  1. Full tuition fees
  2. Medical insurance
  3. A $500 USD monthly stipend while registering on a full-time basis
  4. Student housing during school months
  5. Laptop
  6. Internship opportunity
  7. Annual round-trip economy air ticket from home to campus

How can one apply to the TLG Scholarship Program?

To apply, complete and submit parts A & B below by March 31, 2018:

A. Email the below required documents to: graduateadmissions.mepi@lau.edu.lb

  1. Completed LAU-TLG admission application
  2. A recent passport-size photo.
  3. Identity card or passport (should be the same as the nationality to be used in the registration process at LAU).
  4. Educational certificates or diplomas (Bachelor, License, etc).
  5. Official transcript(s) of grades from all colleges or universities attended. 
    Upon acceptance, applicants will be requested to present the official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope(s). Failure to declare enrollment at other institutions could result in an invalidation of admission, and any credits or degrees earned.
  6. Personal Essay, of at least 1,000 words, describing your background and your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies, how your character and experiences have formed you into someone who will contribute positively and effectively to not only the department but the academic discipline as a whole. Provide details of social, educational, cultural, or economic obstacles you have overcome in your journey to get to where you are today and your future objectives. Please highlight what is unique about you and how you will advance diversity within the institution.
  7. A research statement describing your research interests and professional goals, how you plan to accomplish them, and why one of the four programs is best suited for you to do so. Be specific about your specialized interests within your major field and how it relates to the description listed in the below programs description and research focus. 
    Be clear about the kind of program you expect to undertake, and explain how your study plan connects with your previous training and future goals.
  8. Recommendation letters from two professors who are familiar with your academic performance.
  9. Certificate(s) of employment with a CV, if you have relevant work experience(s).
  10. Official scores of English proficiency test (depending on the university/college attended) by submitting one of the below:
    1. Internet-based TOEFL (IBT), with a minimum score of 90. The code for LAU is  2595. The institutional TOEFL is not accepted. 
    2. Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7.

Applicants with Internet –based TOEFL (IBT) scores between 80 and 89 and IELTS scores of 6.5, have to register for ENG009 Remedial English, a three-credit course, or retake and pass the English test within the first year of enrollment. IBT and IELTS scores below 80 and 6.5 respectively are not acceptable.

N.B. English proficiency exams may not be required from applicants from universities recognized by LAU where the language of instruction is English.

B. Download and complete the compulsory financial aid application

  1. Fill out the financial aid application
  2. Email it with all financial aid supporting documents to: finaid.beirut@lau.edu.lb (make sure you indicate “TLG-MEPI applicant” in the subject line).

Application deadline: March 31, 2018

Programs Description and Research Focus

Applicants who demonstrate academic excellence should express how they wish to develop their knowledge in one of the four fields, obtain substantial advanced practical experience, and further their capacity to be community or business leaders who make a contribution on the regional level. For each of the proposed area, opportunities are limited to the following focus:

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

8 courses (24 credit hours) are required for the degree in addition to an Active Learning and Research course (6 credits) described as follows:

Students are required to complete an internship in a local, regional, or international organization working on gender issues and/or women’s issues in the Arab region. The internship will be assessed on the basis of a written evaluative report and discussion with the faculty advisor.

Further information about the M.A. is available on the department website.

The M.A. Program in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies serves as a concrete embodiment of one of LAU’s values, namely promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. The program focuses on gender, the socially-constructed understandings of what it means to be female or male, and how understandings of gender affects people across all social categories. This program is built on a foundation of equality, human rights, and social justice. As such, it is inclusive in nature and combines both academic rigor and social activism. By scrutinizing the power differential between females and males, students begin to understand the intersection of other inequalities. Graduates of this program can pursue careers in governmental organizations and ministries as well as national, regional, and international agencies focusing on gender across a broad range of sectors. 

The major is strongly supported by and linked to IWSAW.

Research Focus in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

The Gender Studies MA encourages action research, defined as research initiated to solve an immediate problem or a reflective process of progressive problem-solving led by individuals working with others in teams or as part of a “community of practice” to improve the way they address issues and solve problems. Research efforts in Gender Studies have highlighted many areas for change in legal, economic, political, civil, and social rights. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in gender-focused applied research that is contemporary, relevant, and regional. Research will address gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, specific to contextualizing global guidance (such as the Sustainable Development Goals) and internationally-recognized good practice for the Arab region.

Areas of focus could include women’s human rights, policy and legislation, engagement of women and girls in formal/informal economic life, leadership and decision-making, politics (regional, national, sub-national), formal/informal education (including vocational training), health care – specifically sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBTQIA, gender-based violence, and the girl child.

Applicants should expect to work on projects that contribute to the body of knowledge and have regional relevance, building from a gender framework.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Affairs

8 courses (24 credit hours) are required for the degree in addition to 6 credits for Thesis. The extra-curricular component of the M.A. is described as follows: To meet the goals of a graduate degree, the program encourages students to get engaged in a large variety of extra-curricular activities that take place on and off campus. Students have the opportunity to participate in conferences, workshops, simulations organized by the school, departments and affiliated institutes and centers, especially the Institute of Social Justice and Conflict Resolution and the Institute for Migration Studies.

Further information about the M.A. is available on the department website.

The M.A. Program in International Affairs seeks to prepare students to become effective professionals and leaders in national and international institutions, while upholding the highest intellectual and ethical standards; dedication to public service and international cooperation; and understanding among people. An M.A. in International Affairs prepares students for a variety of professions including diplomacy, work in international organizations, journalism, research, and politics. In addition, many graduates also pursue Doctoral degrees in Lebanon, Europe and North America.

Relevant support for this major is provided by ISJCR.

Research Focus in International Affairs

The International Affairs research is methodological, theoretical, thematic emphasizing the application of critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and explain complex and dynamic processes at the national, regional and global levels. TL degree will provide the students with a strong knowledge of political, historical, economic and social processes that shape national and international relations.  They will be trained to understand the main theories and paradigms used to comprehend and explain international relations. They will be taught to explain, defend and critique, orally and in writing, the causes, issues and institutional arrangements that shape today’s global order. The program will emphasize as well the application of qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills necessary to produce quality research papers and a capstone research project.

Applicants should demonstrate an interest in political, historical, economic and social processes that shape national and international relations.  They should as well demonstrate an interest to become effective professionals and leaders in national and international institutions, while upholding the highest intellectual and ethical standards; dedication to public service and international cooperation; and understanding among people.

Areas of focus include Middle Eastern studies, international relations, democratization, human rights, International Organizations, conflict resolution and International Law.

Applicants should expect to work on projects that are of a solid quality in terms of originality, empirical content and writing style.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Migration Studies

8 courses (24 credit hours) are required for the degree in addition to 6 credits for Thesis.  Information about the M.A. available here with the following description:

Migration and refugee issues have become high priorities on the global agenda. The Middle East and Africa (MEA) is among the largest source, transit and destination regions for migrants and refugees in the world. Migration studies (emigration, immigration, transit migration, labor migration, return migration, replacement migration, regular and undocumented migration, family reunion, transnational and diasporic relations, remittances, ‘brain drain’, etc.), which is rapidly developing in many universities around the world, has emerged as a multidisciplinary field of study at the graduate level. Potential employers of MA graduates include: government agencies dealing with migrants and refugees, integration, labor and employment, etc.; international organizations such as the International Organization for Migration, International Labor office, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Fund for Population, United Nations Development Fund for Women, etc.

The MA is closely linked to the IMS  whose mission and objective includes the following:  The objective is to establish an integrated institutional network for migration research in the Arab world housed at LAU. In line with the overall mission of LAU, IMS fosters practice-oriented interdisciplinary research that feeds into cutting-edge academic scholarship

Research Focus in Migration Studies

Migration Studies research should emphasize the application of critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and explain migration as a complex and dynamic process at the national, regional and global level. Courses in this Program will tackle migration-related issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, according to which students will be exposed to anthropological/sociological, political, historical and economic approaches to migration. This Program will also provide the students with a strong knowledge of processes that shape people’s mobility and its impact not only on sending and receiving societies, but also on the emerging field of transnational and diasporic relations.   The program will emphasize the application of qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills necessary to produce quality research papers and a capstone research project.

Applicants wanting to join this program should demonstrate an interest in migration-related issues. They should also demonstrate an interest to become effective professionals and leaders in national and international institutions, while upholding the highest intellectual and ethical standards; dedication to public service and international cooperation.

Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, immigration, settlement, national and ethnic identities, social cohesion and racism, refugee, diaspora, transnationalism, politics of migration, migration and gender migration and literary production, etc.

Applicants should expect to work on projects that are of a high quality in terms of originality, empirical content and writing style. Students in the Program could leverage the data base provided by Moise A. Khayrallah Centre for Lebanese Diaspora Studies run by Professor Akram Khater and The Lebanese Emigration Research at Notre Dame University because of our collaboration with these two centres. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Economics

9 courses (27 credit hours) and a Capstone Project (3 credits).  The capstone project involves work outside LAU with external parties (banks, research institutes, specialized regional and international organizations and agencies).The project will be supervised by a faculty member from the Department of Economics during the last semester.  Information about the MA available here with the following description: 

The M.A. in Applied Economics will open doors to many opportunities of growth and of better income. Since applied economics deals with the application of theories and research, graduates may find diversified jobs in business, government, social development and non-profit organizations, consultancy, among others. The student may be able to pursue a PhD and continue in academia or work in: Corporate Business Economics/ Financial Consultancy, Research, Government Consultancy, International Affairs, Policy Making and Assessment. 

Research Focus in Applied Economics

The focus in Applied Economic is methodological and empirical, emphasizing the application of data analytics in the field of economics and the promotion of evidence-based policy making in the Middle East. Economic data are increasingly becoming available, and decision-makers need empirical evidence for a better understanding of the economic problems their society face.  Applicants should demonstrate an interest in learning how to apply advanced computer techniques, using statistical software, relevant to the field of economics. Applicants will be working with microeconomic level data (survey data) and macroeconomic level data (national and international sources) to study various economic problems that are impeding economic development in the Middle East region. Areas of focus include using the scientific method to advance strategic thinking about uncertain conditions and risk management; expressing economic relationships using graphical and mathematical tools, and to empirically examine such relationships using regression methods; and apply knowledge of predictive analytics and decision science in forecasting economic outcomes. Applicants should expect to work on projects that use innovative applied economics approach to harvest data and apply new methods in understanding local and regional economic problems.


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