Open-Call for 2024-2025 Nonresident Fellow Applications

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is currently accepting applications for its 2024-2025 nonresident fellowship cohort.

TIMEP’s Nonresident Fellowship Program carves out a space for and invests in individuals whose work advances the transparent, accountable, and just societies that TIMEP is committed to fostering. The program brings together young and mid-career advocates and experts from and in the region and provides them with the toolkit to bring about transformative change.

The 2024-2025 cohort will be made up of eight to twelve advocates, researchers, journalists, lawyers, and defenders based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region or with significant ties to it. 

As members of the 2024-2025 cohort, nonresident fellows will:

  • Have the opportunity to produce solutions-oriented and policy-relevant programming and analysis that reflects priorities and developments on-the-ground within a mandate of their choosing;
  • Access targeted and personalized skills-building opportunities;
  • Collaborate and exchange with like-minded individuals from across the region and across theme as part of a fellowship cohort;
  • Be integrated into TIMEP’s global and regional network of organizations, advocates, and policymakers; and 
  • Drive the discourse through media, policy, and event opportunities.

Specific requirements and goals for each fellowship will be tailored to align with the individual’s proposal and expertise. 


The fellowship term will have a duration of 12 months, beginning in mid-May 2024. The position is a nonresident one. This opportunity is not an academic or scholarly research fellowship. The fellow will receive a stipend commensurate with experience. While nonresident fellows are not employed or compensated in a full-time capacity, they are considered key TIMEP members and are well-integrated into the team. A typical nonresident fellowship workload involves ~15 hours per month. 

Areas of Interest

In 2024, TIMEP is looking to recruit fellows to work within the following issue areas, whether in a particular country*, set of countries, or across the MENA region:

  • Digital & Cyberspace
  • Energy & Environment
  • Development & Economy
  • Law & Accountability
  • Governance & Politics
  • Social Movements
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Religious & Ethnic Minorities
  • Migration & Displacement
  • Arts & Culture
  • Media & Press
  • Security & Conflict

*TIMEP’s current priority countries are Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, and Lebanon. We are actively recruiting fellows to cover these countries, but we are open to receiving applications that also include additional countries or sub-regions in North Africa and the Levant. 

As part of this 2024-2025 cohort, TIMEP will designate two named fellows: a Sarah Hegazi Nonresident Fellow and a Mohamed Aboelgheit Nonresident Fellow. Candidates who are interested in the Sarah Hegazi Nonresident Fellowship and/or the Mohamed Aboelgheit Nonresident Fellowship should follow the application process detailed above. All eligible candidates will be notified by the screening committee of their eligibility for these named opportunities and any relevant additional instructions will be shared directly with them.

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least five years of relevant work or academic experience in a field related to the proposed area of focus
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Arabic
  • Demonstrated commitment to TIMEP’s mission and principles
  • Connectivity to civil society, grassroots groups, and/or experts and advocates on-the-ground

TIMEP’s mission places great importance on the value of bringing localized perspectives to policy discussions; thus, preference will be given to those living or working in the region.

How to Apply

To apply, candidates should submit the following:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter: The cover letter should include:
    • The candidate’s desired mandate
      • This should be a topic that fits under at least one of the Areas of Interest listed above
      • Please specify whether this topic will focus on a particular country or set of countries, or whether it will address region-wide trends
      • See current 2023-2024 nonresident fellow mandate areas to navigate how broad or how specific proposed mandates should be
    • The current country where the applicant is based
    • Where the applicant learned about the position

Resume and cover letters should be submitted in English to [email protected] no later than February 28, 2024.

Candidates will undergo initial screenings. Those who are invited to proceed to the second round of reviews will be asked to submit a more detailed statement of interest. 

If you have questions about the application, please contact us at: [email protected]