MENA Common Ground Institute Fellowship Call for Research Proposals

Deadline: 5 June 2015

Search for Common Ground (SFCG), a nonprofit charitable organization in the United States is currently inviting eligible researchers and civil society organisations for its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Common Ground Institute (CGI) Fellowships. Research Proposals are invited from researchers affiliated with research  institutions to carry out mapping studies and research on dialogue and conflict resolution  processes in either Egypt or Tunisia, with the overall objective of expanding and advancing  research in the fields of dialogue and conflict resolution in academia in the MENA region. Applicants may propose research topics on any aspect of dialogue and conflict resolution at the  local or national level in either Egypt or Tunisia.

Each MENA CGI Fellow will receive a lump sum of $1,850 USD to cover all expenses associated with  this MENA CGI Fellowship, which shall include both desk research and field visits arranged by the Fellow with the assistance of the MENA CGI Team. Each Fellowship must include a minimum of one week of field visits.

Focus Areas (not limited to)

  1. social sciences
  2. human rights
  3. conflict studies
  4. political sciences


  1. One analytical research article (7,000-9,000 words), to be published with the assistance of MENA CGI.
  2. An opinion article (op-ed) and a blog post which will be promoted and publicized by MENA CGI on the SFCG website, Common Ground Blog, and other online platforms.


The Fellowship period will last from mid-June to the end of August 2015. The above deliverables are due by the end of August 2015.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Researchers must be legal residents of either Egypt or Tunisia. Nationals from other MENA countries who are currently residing in Egypt or Tunisia are also eligible.
  • Researchers must hold a post-graduate degree in social sciences, human rights, conflict studies, political sciences or any relevant field.
  • Researchers must be affiliated with an academic institution of higher education, research institute, academic center, or think-tank in Egypt or Tunisia.
  • Researchers must be fluent in one of the following languages: English, French or Arabic.

How to Apply?

Applicant researchers should complete the research proposal template and send it with an up-to-date resume and a sample of previously published research work (as a link, Word document, or PDF) by email to [email protected] with “MENA CGI Fellowship Application” in the subject line.

Civil society organizations in Egypt and Tunisia should complete the application form and budget templates and send them via email indicating “MENA CGI Call for Project Proposals” in the subject email.

For more information, please visit MENA-CGI Call for Proposals.



  1. i have an organization for the youth called Mophatong Youth Organization and i want to be very much engaged in human rights movement so my major problem is funding i so wish that you can help me kick start the program.

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  2. Rasha Shaaban says:

    The name of the organization is Search for Common GROUND instead of Common Good. Can you please correct it?

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Rasha,
      Thank you so much for pointing this.
      We have made the corrections now!
      Thanx again!