2020-2021 THO Nonresident Fellowship Program

2020-2021 Nonresident Fellowship Program

          The Turkish Heritage Organization is pleased to announce applications for its 2020-2021 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 in a unique and creative way. 


          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. Throughout the program, the fellowship will include publishing opportunities, virtual conferences and conversations between the international fellows involved in the program, experts from think tanks, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and officials from around the world. 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, the NATO alliance, and the international institutions that connect us all.  

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). 


          -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. 


          The Non-Resident Fellowship will last a total of nine months, with a potential opportunity for a three month renewal. 

What to Expect: 


          -Produce one “product” of contribution in conjunction with the THO team per month: These can include podcasts with our team, written blog posts and articles, video interviews conducted with our team and much more.

          -Lead the organization of and/or participate as a speaker in at least one THO webinar/teleconference on topics related to THO’s mission.

          -Contribute and attend the monthly conference sessions (unless otherwise discussed with the team) and engage with the THO team and guest speakers.

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 a contribution in conjunction with the team per month and participate in THO webinars and teleconferences as permitted as well as the 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. 

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?

          While the initial goal of the Non-Resident Fellowship is to culminate with a week long trip to Turkey for increased exposure and engagement, due to COVID-19 we cannot commit fully that the travel restrictions will be lifted or that it will be safe enough to travel internationally. We will be closely monitoring this, but as of now this will be a completely remote fellowship. 

9.What are the types of publicity will I receive as a Fellow? 

          Fellows’ work will be published on our blog, Meddah, as well as 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 surrounding the US-Turkey relations and international relations. 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 You can see more of our webinars, teleconferences, podcasts and publications on our website: https://www.turkheritage.org

If you have any questions please contact THO’s Executive Director Savannah Lane: savannah@turkheritage.org