THO Non Resident Fellowship Program

2019-2020 Fellowship Applications Now Open

2018-19 THO Nonresident Fellowship Program

13 Sep 18

Turkish Heritage Organization is announcing our 2018-2019 nonresident fellows.

THO Non Resident Fellowship Program
Turkish Heritage Organization Non-Resident Fellowship

The Turkish Heritage Organization is pleased to announce applications for its 2019-2020 Nonresident Fellowship Program. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to contribute to constructive dialogue surrounding U.S.-Turkey relations and Turkey’s role in the international community. 

Description: 
Over the course of nine months, Fellows will work to contribute to constructive dialogue surrounding U.S.-Turkey relations and Turkey’s role in the international community at large. In particular, the Fellows will focus on security, education, humanitarian aid and refugee issues, energy, economy, technology, citizen diplomacy, and international exchange. The culmination of the Non-Resident Fellowship Program will result in an exchange of Fellows between the U.S. and Turkey, where Fellows will meet with think tanks, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and officials. From these critical conversations, Fellows will gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of how to better support the development of initiatives that enrich people-to-people ties between the U.S. and Turkey. 

Who Can Apply: 
We encourage graduate students, young researchers and professionals, and practitioners with a special interest in U.S.-Turkey relations to apply. The Turkish Heritage Organization is looking to bring a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives to discuss the U.S.-Turkey Relationship, particularly those with an interest in any of our issue areas (security, education, technology, economy, humanitarian aid, and energy). 

Qualifications:
  • Applicants may be of any nationality between the ages of 22 and 40.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree. A major in political science, international relations, or other relevant fields preferred.
  • At least two years of relevant work or academic experience in a field related to the proposed area of study.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Commitment to THO’s mission of promoting discussion and dialogue around Turkey’s role in the international community and the importance in the U.S.-Turkey bilateral relationship. 
Duration:
The Non-Resident Fellowship will last a total of nine months, with a potential opportunity for a three month renewal. 

What to Expect: 
Responsibilities: 
  • Produce one blog post per month, between 800 and 1000 words in length.
  • Produce one article every three months between 1000 and 4000 words in length.
  • Lead the organization of and/or participate as a speaker in at least one THO webinar/teleconference on topics related to THO’s mission.
  • Organize at least one event in their own cities with relevant institutions and, as a representative of THO, help facilitate THO’s connection with global partners. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why should I apply?
This program will allow fellows the opportunity to hone in on their writing and research skills, connect with other fellows from around the world, promote the dialogue surrounding U.S.-Turkish relations, and travel to Turkey to connect with leaders in their respective fields to continue to foster engagement and an exchange of ideas.  

2. Can I apply if I am still a student? 
If you are a student between the ages of 22 and 40, with a bachelor's degree, then yes you are still eligible and encouraged to apply. The         THO Non-Resident Fellowship is not open to undergraduates. 
 
3. How long is the fellowship?
The Fellowship is nine months long with a potential for a three month renewal. 

4. What is expected if I were to be accepted?
Fellows are expected to produce five-six total blog posts (between 800 and 1000 words in length), write one research type article every three        months (between 1000 and 4000 words in length), participate in at least one THO webinar/teleconference and participate in online fellow         forums.

5. Do I have to live in DC to apply for the fellowship?
No. The Non-Resident Fellowship is a remote fellowship that can be done from anywhere. 

6. Is there an application fee?  
No there is no application fee to apply for the THO Non-Resident Fellowship. 

7. Will I be notified regardless of rejection or acceptance? 
Yes, THO will send out a notification of acceptance or rejection for each applicant. 

8. Are there travel opportunities?
Yes! The Non-Resident Fellowship culminates with a week long trip to Turkey! 

9. What are the types of publicity will I receive as a Fellow? 
Fellows’ work will be published on our blog, Meddah, as well a heavily promoted on social media platforms. 

10. Will there be any restrictions on the types of topics I can write about? 
Blog posts and articles should be related to one of THO’s issue areas of security, education, technology, energy, humanitarian aid, or             economy. The fellows will have the opportunity to write about their own interpretation of these issues and how it impacts or relates to       U.S.- Turkish relations overall. While fellows are not censored on specific topics, we do ask that if fellows write negatively about either         U.S. or Turkish policies/relations that ideas or methods for change are also suggested in the article. 

11. Are there any examples of past blog posts that I can look at? 
Yes! All of our previous Fellow’s work has been published on our blog, Meddah. Meddah is linked on our website and here:         https://medium.com/meddah-a-u-s-turkey-storytelling-project

12. Will I be compensated for any aspects with the fellowship? 
Yes, THO Non-Resident fellows will be compensated for their written work and will be discussed further upon selection. 

Apply here today! If you have any questions please contact our Communications Manager and Fellowship Coordinator Savannah Lane: savannah@turkheritage.org

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