The application for 2019-2020 fellowships has closed, and the new class of fellows will be announced soon!
Applications for 2020-2021 fellows will open in late October 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the start date and duration of a fellowship placement?
Fellowship start dates are negotiable between June and September, based on agreement between the fellow, MENAR, and the host organization. All fellows must complete a full 12 months in their fellowship position after their start date.
Am I eligible to apply?
Our fellowship is open to current seniors in college (graduating immediately prior to their fellowship) and recent graduates (anywhere up to 2-4 years of post-college experience is fine, including a Masters degree, although most of our posts are intended to be entry-level). We accept applicants from all majors and academic backgrounds. The program is open to applicants of all nationalities; the only requirement is having graduated from a U.S. college or university.
What do fellows get paid?
All fellows receive a monthly stipend from their host organization that is meant to cover local living expenses (houses, utilities, transport, and food). The amount varies depending on the organization and the location (based on local cost-of-living). Fellows are expected to cover their own airfare to/from the placement country, health insurance (typically available through your parents' plan), and visa application fees. Details of stipend arrangements will be discussed during interviews, if you are selected.
Can I apply for multiple positions?
Yes, you may indicate your interest in as many of our advertised fellowship positions as you like (provided you meet the requirements listed in the job description). Please read the instructions on the specific application essay questions regarding where you should respond with information tailored to each of your positions of interest. You should only submit one application (with all essays included) and you only need to pay the application fee once.
Do I need to speak Arabic?
Not necessarily. Each position has a different requirement regarding language skills -- some require conversational skills, others require fluency, while others do not require any Arabic ability at all -- so please check the position descriptions for details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact MENAR.
Can I talk to a current fellow about their experiences?
In order to avoid swamping our fellows with requests, please refrain from contacting them until you have been selected for an interview. At that point, MENAR will connect finalist candidates with current fellows to set up an email or Skype discussion. In the meantime, we encourage you to read the Fellows' Reflections blog entries on our website to learn more about their experiences.
What is the timing of your application cycle?
Each year, we open our application in mid-October for fellowships starting the following summer. The application deadline is December 15, and first-round interviews are conducted in January and February. Final round interviews and placements with host organizations takes places in March and April, with fellows starting in the summer.
Can I apply at another time of the year, or for a position/partner not on your list?
Unfortunately we cannot accept candidates outside of our annual application cycle, and we do not fund placements at organizations suggested by applicants. Our list of established partners varies from year to year, but the list of current fellows’ placements gives a general idea of the organizations we will be working with the following year.
When will I hear back about my application?
We will contact selected applicants for interviews in mid/late January. Please do not send emails to check on your application status prior to February 1.