As GAPP gained traction, it drew the attention of international philanthropists and in 2009 it received the largest gift ever awarded to the American University in Cairo. The Yousef Jameel Public Leadership Program offers 300 fellowship opportunities to Egyptian youth over a period of 12 years to obtain a Master’s degree in Public policy, Public Administration, Global Affairs, Journalism and Mass Communication, International Human Rights Law or a LLM in Comparative and International Law, Migration and Refugee Studies and Middle East Studies. In addition to testifying to the school’s high-quality offerings, this fund has opened the door for brilliant students, committed to service and public welfare.

In the same spirit and determined to facilitate better learning for all, the school also offers the Kamal Adham Television and Digital Journalism Fellowship, the Media Policy Fellowship as well as individual Law Awards including the ElBaradei Fellowship and the Nabil Elaraby Fellowship.

    • Cynthia Nelson Endowed Fellowships in Gender and Women's Studies (IGWS) 
    • Dr. Nabil Elaraby LLM Endowed Fellowship
    • Yousef Jameel GAPP Public Leadership Program
    • Qalaa Holdings Partial Support Fellowship
    • The Criminal Justice Fellowship in International and Comparative Law
    • The State Council Fellowship
    • Dr. Ahmed and Ann M. El-Mokadem Fellowship
    • Kamal Adham Fellowship for Television and Digital Journalism
    • Television and Digital Journalism Fellowship
    • Tomorrow's Leaders Graduate Fellowship Program
    • African Graduate Fellowships
    • Fellowships for Refugees
    • International Graduate Fellowships
    • University Fellowships
    • Hadhramout Foundation Scholarship for Yemeni Students
    • Writing Center Graduate Fellowships
    • Ryoichi Sasakawa Endowed Young Leaders Fellowships Fund (SYLFF) Program 
    • Enhancement State and Society Engagement (ESSE) Fellowship
  • In May 2011, Yousef Jameel, working with the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), initiated the Yousef Jameel Public Leadership Fellowship Program, with the overall objective of building the capacity of young competent Egyptian nationals in the areas of public policy and public administration, and preparing them for leadership roles in Egypt after the January 25 Revolution. By supporting 300 fellows in 12 cohorts of 25 Egyptian graduate students per year, the Yousef Jameel Public Leadership Program will have contributed to creating a cadre of well educated, competent graduates ready to take on the responsibility of affecting change in the Egyptian society. 

    A selected number of exceptional candidates are to receive a complete fellowship to pursue a master's degree in one of the following eight programs at AUC:

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  • The program is designed to provide full or partial tuition for Egyptian nationals applying for or already enrolled in the LLM program at The American University in Cairo. The applicant must have an excellent academic record and be able to demonstrate financial need.  

    This fellowship honors Nabil Elaraby. Elaraby’s long career as a diplomat, a judge and world-renowned international lawyer is an inspiration to young Egyptian law students with the intellectual aspiration to continue their graduate legal education at the AUC.

    Elaraby is also an advisory member of the AUC Board of Trustees, and was instrumental to the founding and continuing success of the Department of Law.

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  • The fellowship is designed to attract deserving and qualified graduates of Journalism and Mass Communication programs as well as professionals in mid-career television and digital journalism positions who wish to pursue full-time study (nine credits per semester) toward a 1.5-year master’s degree in television and digital journalism at AUC.

    The fellowship covers:
    • Full or partial tuition coverage for the MA program
    • May cover prerequisite courses and one semester of intensive English language courses as needed
    • Book allowance per semester
    • Student services and activities fees (bus fees)
    • In support of their professional training, fellows are assigned up to 20 hours per week of related academic or technical work


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  • The fellowship is designed to support an Egyptian student with excellent academic records, who is interested in pursuing full-time graduate studies in the field of Migration and Refugees Studies. Applicants should be committed to completing the degree requirements in a maximum period of four semesters.

    Fellowships are awarded for one academic year semester and are subject to renewal for up to four semesters.

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Improving the Lives of the Many Through Education at AUC

“Four years ago, I had a dream to study at AUC. After one year, this dream came true, and I started my master's degree at the University,” said Lobna Abdalla, Master of Public Policy graduate student and recipient of the Yousef Jameel Public Leadership Program fellowship. “I felt like AUC stands as a crossroad for learning, challenges, ambition, passion, success and distinction. I was correct.”

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