On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Cyprus - Digital Literacy

Student Application

The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP): Cyprus - Digital Literacy is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). It brings together a group of 18 (9 Greek Cypriot and 9 Turkish Cypriot) youth participants (ages 15-18) and two (2) (a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot) adult mentors (ages 25 and older) from Cyprus for a three-week, U.S.-based exchange focused on digital literacy and youth leadership.

Unique opportunity for high school students and educators

Student applicants must:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years old by March 1, 2024;
  • Have at least one semester left at his/her current school upon return home;
  • Be a citizen of Cyprus;
    • Must be able to fly in and out of Larnaca airport;
    • Be living in Cyprus at the time of the exchange and during the follow-on component;
  • Be proficient in English;
  • Demonstrate interest in youth leadership development and digital literacy;
  • Demonstrate initiative, leadership, strong communication skills, and an energetic, positive attitude;
  • Have the ability to work cooperatively in a team and be open to various opinions and perspectives;
  • Commit to the follow-on application of community-based project (e.g., peer education workshop or service project); and
  • Have permission from parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to participate in the program.


Please note that preference will be given to individuals who:

  • have not previously traveled to the United States.
  • have not participated in any in-person ECA-funded program in the United States within the past three years or accepted a scholarship for an impending U.S. Government-funded exchange program.
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship and family members of U.S. Embassy or Consulate staff, or U.S. Department of State employees are not eligible for this program.

There is no application fee.

Applications will be accepted between March 27, 2024 to April 25, 2024 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (19:00 Cyprus Time).  Semifinalists will be selected for interviews (late May/early June) and final notifications made in late June 2024.


The United States government will pay for all travel to and from the United States, program related costs, and other incidentals.

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