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TIMEP Announces Selection of Seventh TIMEP–Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the selection of Nourhan Fahmy as the recipient of the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. Ms. Fahmy is the seventh recipient of the fellowship and will undertake research on judicial independence and mechanisms in Egypt when she commences in October 2019. You can read Ms. Fahmy’s full bio here.

The Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship is awarded to a young professional with a background in journalism, international relations, political science, or other relevant fields and is interested in undertaking research on the Middle East and North Africa. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to furthering the principles of democratic and inclusive change—the values that Bassem Sabry promoted during his career. TIMEP announced the creation of the fellowship in May 2014 following the death of the eponymous Egyptian writer and commentator. A partnership between TIMEP and Atlas Corps to sponsor the fellowship was announced in December 2014.

The application deadline for the next Bassem Sabry Fellowship position will be announced next spring. Please check our fellowship website for additional information on that fellowship and others. For general inquiries regarding the Bassem Sabry Fellowship, please contact fellowships@timep.org.

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.