The Gabr Fellowship is an innovative global cultural exchange project created to foster dialogue, greater understanding and cooperation among emerging young leaders in the East and West. The program targets individuals who have started careers in the fields of art, science, media, law, sports and business or social entrepreneurship, who possess a strong passion for international engagement and have demonstrated strong leadership abilities. The program will be paid in full, and participants will not need to incur any costs.

The goal of this dynamic exchange program is to connect and build constructive relationships between future leaders from the United States and Egypt. This initiative, The Gabr Fellowship, will work towards the vital task of renewing and reinvigorating the important bilateral relationship between the two nations through cross-cultural dialogue and the development of collaborative projects.

The exchange will take place in the second quarter of 2015 in Egypt and the U.S. Most of the two-week U.S. segment will be held in Washington, DC and New York, NY and will also include a visit to a major regional center with strong international connections, such as Atlanta, Georgia. The Egypt session will open in Cairo, and move to Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan.

Program participants will build enduring connections through hands-on activities, vigorous discussions, web-based interaction, and joint follow-up action projects. Meetings with government officials and independent experts will prompt serious explorations of the world’s most pressing foreign policy issues. In 2014, Fellows were invited for discussions with The White House National Security Council, The National Defense University, The Pentagon, The Department of Homeland Security, The U.S. Department of State, The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, the Egyptian Embassy, the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Bank, Coca-Cola, and Google Ideas, among many other institutions, organizations, and individuals.

Through seminars and small working groups, along with informal discussions and entrepreneurship workshops, the participants will build leadership, negotiation, and mediation skills while delving deeply into complex policy matters and processes. Social events with other young leaders’ organizations and alumni of past exchanges will encourage the building of wider networks, while cultural visits and activities will provide participants with an intimate glimpse of life in the Middle East. This combination of experiences will help to forge lasting personal and professional relationships between participants. Together, the Gabr Fellows will develop an international cohort of young leaders, dedicated to pursuing cooperative, innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.

You can find more information here on our website http://eastwestdialogue.org/gabrfellowship. All applicants must be between 24 and 35 years of age. American applicants should not have traveled previously to Egypt. Egyptian applicants should not have previously traveled to the United States.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications ought to be turned in by December 31st, 2014.

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