TIMEP Announces Selection of Third TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow

Hussein Baoumi will be undertaking research on civil society organizations, human rights, and democratization in Egypt.

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Hussein Baoumi as the recipient of the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. Mr. Baoumi is the third awardee of the fellowship and will be undertaking research on civil society organizations, human rights, and democratization in Egypt. Throughout his fellowship, beginning in September 2016, he will provide invaluable support to TIMEP’s ongoing projects and research

“In the little over two years since Bassem’s untimely passing and the initiation of the fellowship, TIMEP has worked meticulously to grow, expand, and strengthen the fellowship’s roots in the values and principles that he embodied,” said Nancy Okail, TIMEP’s Executive Director. “This is reflected in Hussein’s work: His passion for human rights and efforts to promote inclusive and democratic practices are in line with principles the fellowships seeks to honor and preserve.”

“With Hussein’s arrival we not only commemorate Bassem’s legacy, but also remember our colleague Hiba Safi,” Okail added. “Like Bassem, Hiba was a brilliant and passionate researcher who brought a keen and unique insight to analysis that will truly be missed.” Ms. Safi, who passed away in her native Tunisia in January 2016, was TIMEP’s first fellow through the Atlas Corps partnership.

The Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship is awarded to a young professional with a background in journalism, international relations, political science, or other relevant fields 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 career.

Please check our fellowship website for future calls for applicants and additional information. For general inquiries regarding the Bassem Sabry Fellowship, please contact [email protected]. To inquire about how to donate to the fellowship fund, please contact Sara Abdel Rahim at [email protected].

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.


The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of democratic transitions in the Middle East through analysis, advocacy, and action.