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

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the selection of Deema Abu Alkhair as the recipient of the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. Ms. Abu Alkhair is the sixth recipient of the fellowship and will undertake research on child recruitment in the Syrian conflict when she commences her fellowship in December 2018. You can read Ms. Abu Alkhair’s full biography here.

“TIMEP is proud to welcome Deema as our sixth Bassem Sabry Fellowship recipient and second female recipient. Her background in human rights, women’s empowerment, media development, and emergency refugee crisis response provides a timely, insightful contribution to our Syria portfolio,” said TIMEP Executive Director Nancy Okail. “As TIMEP expands regional relationship and dynamics in its research and analysis, Deema’s expertise on Syria will serve as a crucial component to our work.”

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. 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 To inquire about how to donate to the fellowship fund, please contact Sara Abdel Rahim at

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 President 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.