Fellowships

About the Program

MPAC’s DC office serves as the primary interface between the American Muslim community and the policy-making community comprised of the administration, Congress, and think tanks. Our Fellowship Program produces research papers on relevant policy topics. MPAC’s goal is to expand American Muslim voices in public policy discourse on Capitol Hill and within government agencies so as to contribute to the establishment of fair and effective policies.

The MPAC Fellow will conduct research to write a paper of no more than 30 pages on a policy topic that MPAC has chosen. Fellows may also be asked to directly assist MPAC staff in a campaign based on the Fellow’s paper, including advocacy outreach efforts to Congressional offices, event planning, or social media outreach.

Fellows must be enrolled in a grad program or have an equivalent level of research and writing expertise in the chosen topic via university courses, independent research, or previous employment. Applicants are considered holistically, with no single factor influencing the decision. Each fellow will be paid $3,500.

Program Structure

  • One fellowship is awarded per academic semester, or every four months
  • Each fellow is paid $3,500 during the course of the program
  • Generally, fellows are within the Washington, DC, area. However, remote fellows are considered depending on relevant circumstances. The fellow must be available part-time (20-25 hours per week) in the DC office, or “virtually commute” if a remote fellowship is agreed upon
  • Fellow may be involved in directly assisting the MPAC staff in the launch of a campaign based on the paper

Applicant Qualifications

  • Fellows must be enrolled in a grad program or have an equivalent level of research and writing expertise in the chosen topic via university courses, independent research, or previous employment
  • Must be available 20-25 hours a week

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing why the applicant believes he/she is best-suited in for the fellowship
  • Unofficial academic transcript if currently enrolled in a grad program
  • Three-page writing sample demonstrating your research/writing abilities
  • One academic or professional letter of recommendation
  • Two other academic/professional references

CURRENT CYCLE FOR FELLOWSHIPS IS NOW CLOSED

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