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TIMEP Announces Selection of Eighth TIMEP Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the selection of Mohamed Mandour as the eighth recipient of the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship.

While the traditional Bassem Sabry Fellowship in partnership with Atlas Corps brings a young professional from the MENA region to our offices in D.C. for a six-month period, the circumstances around COVID-19 has restricted travel and the full programming and opportunities of the Bassem Sabry Fellowship. Despite this, TIMEP has adjusted the program to ensure its commitment to keeping the spirit and memory of the late Bassem Sabry and looks forward to hosting Mr. Mandour as an off-cycle, remote Bassem Sabry fellow.

Mr. Mandour will conduct research and programming around how Egyptians have organized in exile and in diaspora in recent years and the creative tools at their disposal to realize change at home in coordination with efforts on the ground. Throughout the fellowship, he will produce analysis, virtually convene Egyptian organizations and advocates abroad, and pursue additional programming. You can read Mr. Mandour’s full bio here.

We look forward to resuming the traditional joint-fellowship initiative with Atlas Corps to host an in-person fellow at our D.C. office later this year.

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 and pursuing programming 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 eponymous fellowship in May 2014 following the death of the 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 this fall. Please check our fellowship website for additional information on that fellowship and others. For general inquiries regarding the Bassem Sabry Fellowship, please contact [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, following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, up until his death 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 non-profit (501(c)(3)) that centers localized perspectives in the policy discourse to foster transparent, accountable, and just societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).