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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sudanese and South Sudanese Youth Leaders Program

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) launched its Sudanese & South Sudanese Youth Leaders program in 2013. The program brings Sudanese and South Sudanese peace builders between ages 18 and 35 to Washington, DC to be in residence at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) for four months. The goal of the project is to support youth to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to further their peace building work and position themselves as stronger peace building agents in their communities. USIP will bring one Sudanese and one South Sudanese leader in the spring of 2016 and another two leaders in the fall of 2016.

Previous youth leaders have done projects related to religious peace building, the role of women in conflict and peace, and analyses of the roots of local conflict. Youth leaders spend the majority of their fellowships doing individual research, attending meetings with USIP staff, and participating in events in the D.C. area.
The application for the 2016 youth leaders program is now open. Please read the application instructions before starting your application.
USIP will consider both internet-based and Word-based application submissions, but prefers internet-based applications when possible. The internet-based version of the application can be found here and the Word version of the application can be accessed herePlease only submit one application.
For program and eligibility requirements, please refer to the application instructions.
Application and Program Timeline
December 4, 2015 - Application opens
January 1, 2016 - Application deadline; no submissions will be accepted after 12:00 noon EST
January 15, 2016 - Semi-finalists notified via email by 17:00 (5:00pm) EST
January 18 - 25, 2016 - Semi-finalists interviewed by phone
January 29, 2016 - Finalists notified
April 1, 2016 - Spring cohort of youth leaders arrive in Washington, D.C.
July 1, 2016 - Fall cohort of youth leaders arrive in Washington, D.C.
August 8, 2016 - Spring cohort of youth leaders return home
November 10, 2016 - Fall cohort of youth leaders return home
Meet the Most Recent Youth Leaders
Silvio William Deng, South Sudan
Project: Root Causes of Ethnic Conflict in Upper Nile State
Ikhlas Mohammed, Sudan
Project: Women’s Role in Conflict Resolution in Darfur
Arif Omer, Sudan
Project: The Peace Lens Project (Media and Conflict in Sudan)
Othow Okoti Onger, South Sudan
Project: The Role of the Church in Peace building in Jonglei State


  1. this is the dream i have been looking for as a peace loving global citizen....
    how can i submit my application forms....email..

  2. All the best in your application.find the same here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mZHbAKPEVT4Ie12ODLdB8582EhDz5ihthkdZ8dyOusc/viewform?c=0&w=1

    1. Inquiries can be sent to youthleaders@usip.org.