Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship

03/09/2020 . By TIMEP

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is accepting applicants for its Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship, which it hosts in partnership with Atlas Corps. The Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow will be based out of TIMEP’s Washington, D.C. office for a period of six months beginning in October 2020.

For this cycle, TIMEP is recruiting a Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow who seeks to contribute to the institute’s work on access to justice and the rule of law. While the fellow will be primarily integrated into TIMEP’s Legal Unit, s/he will be afforded opportunities to engage with all team members.

Fellowship Description

The Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship was established in memory of Egyptian political writer and commentator Bassem Sabry. The fellowship is awarded to a young professional with a background and/or interest in access to justice and the rule of law who is committed to producing analysis and contributing to programming that furthers transparent, accountable, and just societies across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to furthering the principles of democratic and inclusive change: values that Sabry promoted during his lifetime.

Through the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship, incoming fellows will have the opportunity to contribute original analysis and develop programming around TIMEP’s priority areas, gain exposure to a network of like-minded organizations and policy influencers, and be integrated as a full-time member of the TIMEP team for the six-month period. The fellowship includes a basic living stipend (which covers shared housing, local transportation, and groceries), access to TIMEP’s offices, a Washington Metro transportation subsidy, health insurance, visa costs, international travel, and enrollment in a leadership development training program hosted by Atlas Corps.

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.


Applicants must be:

  1. Proficient in English, with excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills;
  2. College degree recipients (preference given to master’s degree recipients);
  3. In possession of two or more years of relevant professional experience;
  4. International candidates;
  5. 35 years of age or younger; and
  6. Committed to returning to their home country after the six-month fellowship.

Applicants must also:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to democratic and inclusive change; and
  • Have experience creating and/or contributing to analysis and/or programming on the MENA region.

Application Instructions

To apply for the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship, all applicants must complete the application process hosted by our partner organization, Atlas Corps. Once completed, eligible applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted by Atlas Corps and TIMEP.

To apply:

  • Create an account and complete an Atlas Corps application by following the instructions here: Completing an application will allow you to be considered for both the 6-month Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship as well as the 12-18 month classic Atlas Corps Fellowship. The deadline for this application is May 1, 2020. Selection for the fellowship will be determined by early August.
  • When completing the Atlas Corps application, you must indicate your interest in the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship to be considered for this opportunity.
  • Qualified applicants will be asked to submit an additional “statement of interest” if they proceed to the next stage of the application process.

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