The ‘East-West: The Art of Dialogue’ Initiative sprung from the conviction that non-governmental institutions can affect real change and that each citizen must play a role in building bridges towards sustainable peace and cross-cultural understanding. The Initiative’s flagship program, the Gabr Fellowship, focuses on providing opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders to create a meaningful impact. We are not only creating space for young professionals to engage directly with one another, but also creating a platform for them to identify issues and brainstorm to find real-world solutions.
The Gabr Fellowship has engaged some of the most accomplished and creative minds of this generation. As politicians on both sides of the Atlantic struggle to deal with conflict, terror, new realities at home and on the global stage, these Fellows are able to explore options unrestrained by political protocols or partisan priorities. They are melding their skills and experience with new visions and pioneering solutions that utilize the most innovative technologies, as well as the most basic element of success – human interaction. Through their participation and their projects, these Fellows are sowing the seeds of community and cooperation that promise to change our worldview, economies, and social and political introduction toward a positive future.
The Foundation is proud that today it has 120 Gabr Fellows whose experience with the East-West: the Art of the Dialogue initiative has been positively transformative. The Foundation’s objective of instigating dialogue and the exchange of ideas between these two cultures is imperative for fostering a more peaceful and prosperous world.
Details and Requirements:
Fellows must commit to 10 days of programming in Egypt as well as 10 days in the United States. Programming includes discussions with key leaders as well as visits to historic sites and company tours across industries including art, politics, technology, and more. The Egypt portion of the program will take place October 8-18. The U.S. portion of the program will take place November 28-December 10.
All lodging, travel, and meals are covered by the Foundation, with some exception. U.S. Fellows are responsible for their own transportation to and from Washington, DC or New York City, NY for the start of the 10 day programs. For example, if you live in Chicago, IL, the travel to your flight to Cairo out of Washington Reagan will be at your own cost in October. Similarly, your travel to New York City for the start of the program in November will also be at your own cost.
In order to maximize the benefits of the Fellowship, Fellows will share rooms in the hotels for the duration of the program. Roommates will be assigned by the Fellowship staff. Each room will house one U.S. Fellow and one Egyptian Fellow of the same gender. There will be no exceptions, and Fellows are expected to stay in the designated hotel for the duration of the program.
All Fellows are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide clear legitimate proof of having done so.
A key element of the East-West: the Art of the Dialogue initiative, in addition to the cultural exchange, is the collaborative Action Projects, delivered by the Gabr Fellows. Working in collaborative teams comprising of both U.S. and Egyptian delegates. The Fellows draw on their collective expertise as well as experience gained through the exchange program to to initiate Action Projects, which aim to confront common challenges. The projects serve as a tool to broaden the impact of the Gabr Fellowship, with the goal of sustainable long-term bridge building across the East and the West.
Applicants must be between 24-35 years old. Applicants may cannot have traveled to Egypt previously. Applicants do not have to be American, but preferably, will reside in the United States.