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The Middle East Professional Learning Initiative Fellowship

The Middle East Professional Learning Initiative (MEPLI) Fellowship aims to support educators committed to advancing teacher education systemically in the contexts in which they serve.


The MEPLI Fellowship is a year-long (January – December), job-embedded program that provides teacher educators from Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine with scholarships for Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Professional Education learning experiences. The program also supports Fellows as they incorporate their learning into existing work and disseminate knowledge within their organizations and networks.

The MEPLI Fellowship is designed around a participating teacher-educators’ problem of practice. In collaboration with MEPLI staff, Fellows will select and participate in a series of programs from the Professional Education portfolio and work through their problems of practice in collaboration with other MEPLI Fellows. The Fellowship builds a community for teacher educators to share knowledge, expertise, and experience, through which they devise and disseminate practices to strengthen the teaching force in the contexts in which they serve.

Since 2018, 107 MEPLI Fellows from Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine have benefited in the program, which is funded by a generous gift to the school.

The selection process involves submission of an online application and participation in an interview. English proficiency is required.

Program Details

The Fellowship comprises the following activities:

  • Participation in HGSE Professional Education programs (online only for 2021)
  • Participation in the MEPLI Fellows online network, which includes webinar activities
  • Contextualizing relevant learning content and sharing it with teachers within your network
  • Participating in MEPLI convenings in the region in compliance with restrictions on gatherings related to COVID-19
  • Supporting Fellows in future cohorts

The Fellowship provides scholarship funds for up to three courses. All fellows will complete Leading Learning, an online program beginning in February and ending in May.  After successful completion of Leading Learning, Fellows will complete one to two additional programs of their choosing, as long as the selections are relevant to the Fellow’s problem of practice and learning goals. The additional programs will be online.

This Fellowship only funds professional education programs that fall under the K-12 category.

Fellows will receive a certificate from HGSE Professional Education upon successful completion of the program.

Who Should Participate

Teacher educators in Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine with experience in teacher training and development in the context of schools, higher education, government programs, or NGOs.

Self-funded individuals from countries outside of Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine may also participate in MEPLI. We encourage inquiries at

If you represent an organization interested in devising a unique fellowship for a group of your leaders focused on teacher education, please contact us.

Download a flyer about the MEPLI Fellowship.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can apply to the MEPLI Fellowship?
This program is open to teacher-educators (teachers who teach teachers) from Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine. The program is particularly focused on educators who work with marginalized and low-income students. Teacher educators from outside of the three countries referenced above should email to inquire about other opportunities.

Q: Where can I find the application for the MEPLI Fellowship?
Click the Apply button to submit an application. If you have any questions, please send an email expressing your interest to

Q: What English proficiency test scores are required?
We do not require any English proficiency test scores to be submitted, but we expect applicants to possess fluency in English-ILR level 3 in order to be successful in the program. English-ILR level 3 is equivalent to IELTS 6.5 and TOEFL iBT 95.

Q: How many hours does the Fellowship require per week?
On average, the Fellowship requires a commitment of 5-8 hours per week. This includes the time required for programs and Fellowship related activities.

Q: How much does the program cost?
All programs selected as part of the Fellowship are fully funded through scholarships from Harvard Graduate School of Education through a generous gift to the School. The value of the scholarship is up to $8,000.  

Q: If I applied before and was not accepted to the Fellowship, can I apply again?
Yes, you can apply to the Fellowship again if you meet the criteria.

Q: May I apply for programs to continue my learning after the Fellowship ends?
Yes, you may, and we strongly encourage you to learn continuously throughout your career. The majority of PPE programs are open to the general public for application.

Q: What is the application fee for the MEPLI Fellowship?
There is no fee for the MEPLI Fellowship application.

Q: What is the Fellow’s commitment or obligation after the end of the fellowship year?
Every Fellow must provide a detailed action plan with how he/she plans to share their learning within their networks. Knowledge sharing activities include, but are not limited to, workshops, programs, blogs, and publications.

We would like to thank you for your interest in the MEPLI Fellowship program, and we look forward to receiving your application. Please contact us at if you have other questions.

The Middle East Professional Learning Initiative (MEPLI) Fellowship aims to support educators committed to advancing teacher education systemically in the contexts in which they serve.