About the Shafik Gabr Foundation (U.S.)
The Shafik Gabr Foundation in the United States is a non-governmental philanthropic organization that supports the East-West: The Art of Dialogue initiative. The foundation sprung from Shafik Gabr's conviction that non-governmental institutions can affect real change and that each citizen must play a role in building bridges towards peace and the improvement of people's lives. Mr. Gabr drew his inspiration for the Gabr Fellowship from his experience as an Egyptian whose worldview was transformed by travel and the friendships and lessons that resulted. Moreover, he was inspired by collecting and studying the art and lives of 19th century American and European Orientalist traveler painters whom he calls "early globalists."
About Meridian International Center
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The Gabr Fellows will spend approximately two weeks in each host country to become fully immersed in the country’s culture and expand their professional networks through meetings with high-ranking public, private, and diplomatic leaders. While traveling, the Fellows will explore socio-economic and cultural issues, including literature and fine arts, religion, history, poverty reduction, and income distribution. A foundational component of the Fellowship is the development of an action project for collaboratively tackling shared challenges. This component is designed to ensure that the Fellowship will have a lasting impact on the Fellows’ peers and home communities. Meridian International Center will host the Gabr Fellows while in the United States and showcase their action plans at a conference in Washington, D.C.
Applicants must be between the ages of 24 and 35 from the United States, Egypt, Bahrain, Ireland, or the United Kingdom. In order to ensure the experience is once-in-a-lifetime, participants must not have previously traveled to Egypt or the United States - if not their home country.
How to Apply: Interested participants should submit their applications to: https://eastwestdialogue.wufoo.eu/forms/eastwest-the-art-of-dialogue/
Deadline - Please submit your application by March 31st.