The Gabr Fellowship is an initiative of Mr. Shafik Gabr, designed to promote intercultural dialogue and collaboration between Egyptians and Americans. In an increasingly interconnected world, cross-cultural understanding and professional networks are essential for peace and progress. The Fellowship is sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation and organized by the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C.
The Gabr Fellowship is for emerging leaders in the areas of art, science, media, law, and both social and business entrepreneurship. Applicants should have big ideas and a strong interest in transnational dialogue. All applicants must be 24 to 35 years of age and must be citizens of the United States or Egypt. American applicants without prior travel to Egypt and Egyptian applicants without prior travel to the United States are strongly encouraged to apply.
In 2013, the inaugural class of the Gabr Fellowship comprised of 12 Americans and 10 Egyptians traveled together in Egypt and the United States over the total course of a month. In 2014, the fellowship will include 2 week visits in each country, with a 2 week break in between trips. The first tour in Egypt will take place from May 10-24, 2014 and the second tour in the U.S. will take place from June 7-21, 2014. The purpose of the visits is to learn about the respective cultures, political and economic systems, media, history, and artistic flavor of each country. In 2013, Fellows traveled through Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New Haven, New Jersey, and Virginia. Through seminars, site tours, meetings, classes, and intimate discourse, Fellows learned much about one another and established deep bonds of friendship and understanding. The inaugural class is now working on joint sustainable action projects with support from the World Bank and The Shafik Gabr Foundation.
For more information and for the application, please visit the Gabr Fellowship website at http://eastwestdialogue.org. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 31, 2014. For questions, please contact Daniel Sullivan.