McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) Program 2023 | How to Apply

Since 2019, the McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) brings together a cohort of young leaders from around the world to the United States for an exchange with policymakers, thought leaders, American entrepreneurs, and others to gain insights and build networks necessary to fostering resilient democracies rooted in economic freedom.

IRI’s McCain Fellowship for Freedom (MFF) Program 2023 for young Leaders worldwide

The MFF encourages peer-to-peer learning, provides targeted training, and cultivates a generation of political changemakers who are building more inclusive, transparent, and resilient democracies powered by free markets. The Fellowship honors the spirit and legacy of 25-year IRI Chairman Senator John McCain, a passionate advocate of democracy around the world and former Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, who believed that “free markets are not possible without free people.”



  • McCain Fellows are rising leaders between the ages of 21 and 40 who are committed to the promotion of political and economic freedom in their countries. They have a proven track record of leadership and accomplishment in challenging environments.
  • They embody the potential for transformational impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.
  • Through this program, these emerging leaders are brought into IRI’s global network across more than 100 countries, leveraging their training and contacts to catalyze their contributions to free societies.

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