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Hands Along the Nile Development Services (HANDS) Fellowship Programme for MENA Countries 2017


Hands Along the Nile Development Services (HANDS) invites individuals who are currently working for registered local NGOs to promote the empowerment, better quality of life and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Application Deadline: 23rd December, 2016.

Eligible Countries: This program aims to strengthen the leadership capacity and skills of mid-level NGO professionals from Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt who are working to promote the empowerment and inclusion of the disabled in their societies.

To be taken at (country): Greater Washington area, Chicago and Seattle in USA.

About the Award: Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Development for Organizations Improving the Status of Persons with Disabilities. HANDS invites qualified professionals from Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco who are currently working for registered local NGO to promote the empowerment, better quality of life and inclusion of persons with disabilities to apply. Hands Along the Nile values diversity and inclusion in all of our programs. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations during the application process and fellowship period can be made available to you upon request.


Type: Fellowship


  • Age: Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 40.
  • Education: Candidates should have completed university level education.
  • English language: English proficiency is mandatory. Participants should have very strong English reading, writing, and speaking skills. The application and interview will be in English and applicants’ language ability will be assessed accordingly.
  • Professional experience: Prospective participants should have at least three years of demonstrated involvement with activities promoting the empowerment of the disabled in their societies, as well as an interest in employing new mechanisms to advance such work and be affiliated with registered NGO in their country.
  • Dedication to and soundness of plans for the future: Candidates must demonstrate long-term thoughtfulness about the inclusion and participation of the disabled in their societies. The application will ask candidates to submit an essay showing their understanding of the importance of the empowerment of persons with disabilities, their own plans for addressing this issue after the exchange, and an awareness of the current challenges of promoting such activities, as well as the replicable successes already achieved in their home country.
  • Long-term commitment to the program that extends beyond the official end-date.
  • Recommendations: Applicants must be able to supply two letters of recommendation.
  • Passport: Applicants must possess a valid passport for travel with an expiration date that does not fall before the dates of required travel.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Selected participants will also attend the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington and meet fellow participants from around the world. After returning home, participants will continue their involvement with an exchange program in their countries in winter 2018.

Duration of Scholarship: 

  • May 1-28, 2017: Fellowship exchange program
  • May 29 – June 2, 2017: Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC
  • Winter 2018: Exchange programs in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia

How to Apply: 

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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