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bassem sabry democracy fellowship

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is currently accepting applications for a May 2017 placement in the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. 

Fellowship Description

The Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship was established in memory of Egyptian political writer and commentator Bassem Sabry. The fellowship is awarded to a young professional with a background in journalism, international relations, political science, or other relevant field who is interested in undertaking research on the Middle East or North Africa. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to furthering the principles of democratic and inclusive change, the values that Sabry promoted during his lifetime.
Bassem Sabry, a native of Cairo, was a writer and commentator on Egyptian and regional politics. Sabry’s balanced writing and commentary throughout the 2011 Egyptian revolution and following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak earned wide praise and attracted a global audience. In addition to publishing articles on his blog, “An Arab Citizen,” Sabry’s work was also featured in local, regional, and international news outlets, including Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Monitor, The Atlantic, and Foreign Policy.

Through this unique fellowship, incoming fellows will have the opportunity to work on an independent research paper or project of their own design. Applicants will propose their research program and will be paired with a mentor from TIMEP to guide them through its execution. The fellowship will last for a period of six months, and fellows will be selected based on their credentials and proposed projects or research. In partnership with Atlas Corps, TIMEP will facilitate a fellowship. TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellows will work full-time at TIMEP’s offices in Washington, DC for the duration of the six-month fellowship. The fellowship includes a monthly stipend, housing, access to TIMEP’s offices, a Washington Metro transportation subsidy, an orientation, and four days of Global Leadership labs hosted by Atlas Corps.



Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to meticulous analysis, inclusive values, and building a career as a Middle East analyst. Additionally, applicants must be:

– proficient in English, with excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills;

– college degree recipients (preference given to master’s degree recipients);

– an international candidate;

– 35 years of age or younger; and

– committed to returning to their home country after the six-month fellowship.



To be considered for placement in the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship, all applicants must follow directions under the “to apply” section to create and submit an application. Eligible applicants will be contacted to submit the following additional requirements to their application:

1. A statement of interest including answers to the following questions:

– How does your application (both your qualifications and your proposal) contribute to the continuation of Bassem Sabry’s values?

– How do you aim to benefit from this unique fellowship experience?

2. A two-page project or research paper proposal. (TIMEP will work in an advisory capacity to develop fellows’ proposals during their fellowship. Proposal topics are unrestricted, but should reflect Bassem Sabry’s spirit and approach and complement TIMEP’s mission and principles of analysis, advocacy and action.) Proposals should include:

– a description of the project/paper;

– the relevance or current need for the project/paper;

– stakeholders with vested interest in the outcome;

– expected impact of the project/paper; and

– anticipated additional resources necessary (where applicable).

3. Two letters of recommendation. (If you’re experiencing difficulty securing recommendation letters, please notify us at

Only complete submissions will be considered.


To Apply:

To apply for the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship, all applicants must complete a two-step application process hosted by our partner organization, Atlas Corps. Once completed, eligible applicants will be invited to submit a personal statement and research project/paper proposal.

To get started:

– Create an account and complete a preliminary “short application” with Atlas Corps by following the instructions here: Please complete the this by December 19.

Reminder: Please select under “Special Initiative” your interest in being considered for the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship.

– If you meet the eligibility requirements, our team will send you an invitation to submit a “long” application on the same system. Please complete the application by January 16, 2017.

– Finalists will be contacted by January 27, 2017 to submit a personal statement and research paper/project proposal by February 6, 2017.

If you have questions about the application, please contact us at:



The following is the projected review timeline for applications submitted for the May 2017 fellowship:

Task Deadline
Applications create account and complete short eligibility application December 19, 2016
Eligible applicants complete long application January 16, 2017
Finalists contacted to complete personal statement and research project/paper proposal January 27, 2017
Finalists submit personal statement and research project/paper proposal February 6, 2017
Applicants contacted for interview with TIMEP Fellowship team February 2017
All applicants notified of final application status March 2017

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