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Soft Landing

For its 2nd year, the LebNet Early in Career Committee is hosting the Soft Landing program. This program will award $1,000 stipends intended for senior Lebanese engineering students from different Lebanese universities planning to pursue their graduate studies in the U.S. or Canada. The funds are to be used to defray initial travel expenses to the students.The recipient will also be assigned a LebNet mentor to assist through their graduate school journey.

The stipend application is open from April 1st to May 30th, 2024. All eligible applicants must apply here before the deadline of May 30th, 2024. Applications will be assessed by the LebNet EiC team and candidates will be selected based on merit. The program awardees will be informed by June 15, 2024 and funds will be distributed upon arrival to North America.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Senior Lebanese engineering student currently enrolled in a Lebanese University 

  • Student must have received a 2024/2025 acceptance letter from a graduate program in a U.S. or Canadian University
  • Student must have expressed their intent to enroll in a U.S. or Canadian University for the 2024/2025 academic year

Application Supporting Documents:

  • Resume (Required)  

  • Letter of acceptance and intent to enroll letter in US or Canadian University (Required)

  • Transcript (Required)

  • Any other supporting documents (recommendation letters, etc.) (Optional)

Interested applicants should submit any questions or needed clarifications to [email protected] .

LebNet Soft Landing: 2023 Recipients 

Congratulations to the recipients of the LebNet soft landing program for 2023!  As they embark on their journey of graduate studies in North America, we wish these scholars success and fulfillment.

As recipients of the LebNet Soft Landing Program, each scholar has been granted a $1000 cash award, assisting them in covering initial expenses upon their arrival in North America.  Furthermore, they have been paired with a dedicated mentor from LebNet’s Early in Career community.  Our mentors, seasoned professionals in the tech industry, are committed to offering valuable guidance and unwavering support throughout the recipient’s academic pursuits.  Here’s to a promising future and a thriving academic experience for our accomplished scholars!

Salam Afiouni, MS/PhD, Columbia, Operations Research

“LebNet’s support made my transition much easier, especially connecting with a mentor whose guidance and support will be instrumental to my PhD journey.”

Omar Bekdashe, PhD, University of Illinois, EECE

“This program facilitated my transition into graduate school, enabling me to swiftly adapt to life in the U.S., paving the way to a most promising future.”

Mohamad El Hajj Chehade, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, EECE

“The LebNet Soft Landing program unlocked doors and connected me with a community that believes in and actively supports my educational journey!"

Fatima Ghadier, PhD, University of Toronto, EECE

“I am truly thankful for the support from LebNet whether through the incredible support from the mentor or through the stipend. “

Mariella Khoury, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Petroleum Engineering

"The Soft Landing program motivated me to work harder, so one day I can become successful and help others. Thank you LebNet Family.”

Malek Succar, PhD, Cornell University, EECE

“I would really recommend every engineering senior who’s thinking about applying to graduate school to apply to LebNet’s Soft Landing program.”

LebNet, a non-profit organization, serves as a multi-faceted platform for Lebanese professionals residing in the US and Canada, entrepreneurs, investors, business partners in a broad technology eco-system, and acts as a bridge to their counterparts in Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East


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