The Middle East Insitute - Columbia University



The Middle East Institute
Columbia University
Phone: 212-854-2584
Fax: 212-854-1413
606 West 122 Street
Knox Hall - Third Floor
New York, New York 10027
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Individual Fellowships/Grants

  • Middle East Rule of Law (MEROL) Degree Awards

    The Middle East Rule of Law Program (MEROL), offered through the Open Society Foundations, offers qualified applicants the opportunity to study for Master’s degrees in public policy/public administration, media/communications studies or law (Master of Laws – LLM) at top-ranked universities in the U.S. (university placement determined by the program). The MEROL program aims to assist in the creation of a critical mass of reform-minded professionals in the Middle East working in fields crucial to the development and sustainability of open societies, and conceives of the foundations of the “Rule of Law” to include the healthy functioning of various public sectors beyond law itself.

    Eligibility – Applicants must:
    • be legally resident in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, or Syria at the time of application
    • demonstrate an excellent academic record and have an advanced degree (Minimum: Bachelor’s)
    • display impressive civil society leadership potential
    • prove through testing and interviews strong English language ability (Minimum TOEFL score of 480)
    • be able to begin the program in August or September, 2012
    • be able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 visa
    • participate in an intensive academic writing program prior to departure

    The fellowship provides: Tuition and mandatory university fees, monthly stipend for room, board, and living expenses, transportation to/from the U.S., accident and sickness insurance during program, funds for educational materials, funds for professional development and an intensive academic writing program before starting at host universities

    Deadline to Apply: February 6, 2012

    For more information and an application, please see:

    Or contact: MEROL Program Coordinator
    Open Society Scholarship Programs
    1700 Broadway, 17th Floor
    New York, New York 10019 USA

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