Philos Leadership Institute

What is PLI?

The Leadership Institute is a fully-funded 4-week summer program designed for twenty Christian men and women between the ages of 18-35 who have a serious interest in working in a field that touches on the Middle East.

We’re looking for future policymakers, humanitarians, journalists, and advocates who seek a deeper understanding of religious and political dynamics in the Middle East region. We seek to educate and empower a new generation of leaders to facilitate long-term change in the Middle East.

When is PLI?

Applications for the 2018 Philos Leadership Institute will open in January 2018.

Submit all application materials below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Decisions for the 2018 PLI class will be made in early March, and those accepted will be notified.


Our programing is intense. During their time in New York, participants engage in long days of seminars with experts in Middle East history and politics, ethics, journalism, Judaism, Eastern Christianity, and foreign policy. Classes last between six and nine hours each day, with breaks for discussion. Days throughout the program often begin at 7:30 a.m. and end close to 10 p.m. In the evenings, students often continue conversations while enjoying New York City or the grounds of the Tarrytown Estate.

Throughout the PLI program, each participant will work to complete an advocacy project. This could include an article or op-ed for publication, the creation of a video, etc. Projects will be assigned at the discretion of the Philos staff, based on proposals from participants.

Once abroad, participants enjoy educational tours that enhance their understanding of the region. In the evenings, they collaborate on innovative advocacy projects, or write articles or op-eds for publication.

Travel during PLI is not a tour—it’s an immersive experience into the culture. Participants taste local cuisine, dip their toes in the Mediterranian and the Dead Sea, and meet with a diverse cross-section of people groups, including Jews, Muslims, Christians, Iraqi and Syrian refugees, Israelis, Palestinians, Bedouins, Druze.

Alumni of the Philos Leadership Institute have gone on to work as staffers on Capitol Hill, cover Middle East issues as journalists, advocate on national campaign policies, and work for the Philos Project and our partner organizations.