IRI 2023 McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) for Younger Leaders

IRI 2023 McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) for Younger Leaders

IRI 2023 McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) for Younger Leaders

Applications are currently been submitted and accepted for the 2023 McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) fully funded by the IRI. Through this program, successful applicants will be brought into IRI’s global network across more than 100 countries, working their training and contacts to equip their contributions to free societies. IRI  for Younger Leaders

The Fellows will complete Leadership Enhancement Action Plans (LEAPs) to make awareness to their personal goals as part of the exchange to the United States. Upon their return home, IRI facilitates opportunities for the Fellows to stay connected with past, current, and future McCain Fellows. Through this ongoing engagement, they will support their participation in IRI’s global network of transformational young leaders committed to democratic and economic openness in their countries.

The MFF inspires peer-to-peer learning, provides targeted training, and cultivates a generation of political change makers who are building more inclusive, transparent, and flexible democracies powered by free markets.


  • Rising leaders between the ages of 21 and 40 who are committed to the promotion of political and economic freedom in their countries.
  • Not a U.S. citizen
  • Proficient in English
  • Possesses robust experience in politics, government and/or private sector, with a preference for individuals with cross-sectoral experience;
  • Demonstrates a proven history of and passion for advocating for democratic and free market reform;
  • Maintains a position of authority and leadership within their current career and community.
  • Leaders with a track record of leadership and accomplishment in challenging environments.
  • Leaders who embody the potential for transformational impact in their organizations, institutions and communities.

Eligible Countries: International

Type: Postdoctoral Fellowships

Number of Awards: Not Mentioned

Value of Awards: 

  • McCain Fellows will be required to actively participate in a several-month program, including, but not limited to, the components outlined below:
  • Attend six virtual sessions aimed at providing targeted assistance with skills related to policymaking, communication and advocacy.
  • Attend a 10-day in-person program in the United States to meet with and learn from leaders in the governmental, non-governmental and private sectors. The program will take place in Washington, D.C. and a second city in the United States.
  • Implement an advocacy initiative in the fellow’s community to share lessons learned from the virtual sessions and in-person exchange.
  • Attend a virtual closing summit to reflect on the fellowship program.
  • Engage with other fellows, including from the previous iteration of the MFF program, through virtual networking sessions and platforms.

Application Deadline: 20th January 2023


IRI 2023 McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) for Younger Leaders

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