Zahi Khouri Fellowship

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The Zahi Khouri Fellowship (ZKF) provides Palestinian-American undergraduates/graduates professional development experience in Palestine in the fields of education, youth and female empowerment, and economic development. Based at Tomorrow's Youth Organization (TYO), an American non-profit based in Nablus, Fellows will have the unique opportunity to work with a leading institution in community development and the opportunity to discover and explore their heritage.

Mission: The Zahi Khouri Fellowship enables talented and motivated individuals, with limited exposure to Palestine, to contribute to and learn from the next generation of Palestinians living in the most underprivileged areas of Nablus. The efforts of ZKF recipients, managed by Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, offer important benefits to the community, including:
  • Educational programming for children and women that help participants develop tangible skills for life and work, while also becoming healthier, more self-confident, and hopeful about fulfilling their own potential.
  • Person-to-person contact across divides of age, socio-economic status, religion, gender, and culture. TYO programs break down barriers between children and families from different neighborhoods (including refugee camps) and economic classes. ZKF recipients’ participation in these programs is particularly powerful because of their deep personal ties to the community.
  • Essential skills such as creativity, constructive communication, identity building, and problem solving that will help the participants become catalysts and leaders for a peaceful and prosperous future in the Middle East.
The Fellowship was established and generously funded by Mr. Zahi Khouri, a prominent business and civic leader in the US and Palestine. He is currently the CEO of the National Beverage Company, sole distributors of Coca Cola, and Chairman of Partners for a New Beginning Palestine, established by the Aspen Institute and recipient of the 2015 Oslo Business for Peace Award.
Primary Requirements:
  • The ZKF is tailored for individuals with limited travel to Palestine.
  • Successful applicants will be fluent English speakers. An assessment of the candidate's English language proficiency may be required as part of the selection process.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as perform as a member of a team.
  • Commitment to TYO's non-political, non-religious approach.
  • Creativity and positive energy for making a difference.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Maturity, flexibility, initiative, perseverance and a good sense of humor given the challenging nature of daily life in Nablus.
Application Deadline: July 17th, 2015
Number of Fellowships awarded: 2
Period of Residence: one to three months (September-December 2015*)
Fellowship covers:
- roundtrip airfare from fellows’ city of residence (reimbursed after successful completion of program),
- housing (room & board) at TYO’s expansive facility in Nablus,
- Arabic lessons with a tutor,
- mentoring session with Mr. Khouri,
- two educational trips throughout the West Bank with other fellows and interns.

Interested applicants should send their CV and a detailed cover letter demonstrating qualifications and interest to The deadline for applications is July 17th, 2015.
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