Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Lisa Blaydes, Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor, Political Science

About the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy:

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding and supporting Middle Eastern countries undergoing democratic transitions and committed to informing U.S. and international policymakers and the public of developments in those countries. 
TIMEP’s mission, through research and advocacy, is to uncover and support initiatives and voices – wherever they may be – that call for the following in the Middle East:  Restoration and primacy of the rule of law; equality of all citizens before the law; access to fair and swift justice; respect for human rights, including freedom of expression and of religion; protection of civil and political liberties; expansion of women’s rights; youth empowerment; freedom of the media; balancing power within governments, and elections for public office that are free, fair, and contested openly in an environment of political pluralism.  Additionally, TIMEP’s mission calls for support of the adoption of economic policies that responsibly harness and develop, rather than stifle or waste, the region’s human, natural and capital resources.



The FSI Global Policy fellow will work for approximately ten weeks during Summer 2018. The fellow will be matched with a TIMEP research mentor and will work on a project or initiative that aligns with the fellow’s career or academic goals.  Located at TIMEP’s offices in Washington, D.C., the fellow will have opportunities to engage in policy-making circles and to interact with a wide variety of civil society and government actors. 
The fellow will most likely conduct research in one of the following areas related to the Middle East:  security; political and legal institutions; economy and development; religious minorities; gender and sexuality; rights and freedoms, or arts and culture.


Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing undergraduates in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Applicants from any major and undeclared students may apply.  Applicants should be supportive of TIMEP’s mission and principles and have a strong interest in the Middle East.

Additional Requirements:

  • Familiarity with Egyptian, Syrian or Libyan issues
  • Superior research and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills

Language Requirement:

  • Arabic language fluency is preferred but not required.


The internship is located in Washington, D.C.

Visa Requirements:



FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI's Global Policy interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Academic Program Manager Gina Gonzales directly.


The application deadline is February 7, 2018, at 11:59 pm. Applicants will be asked to submit:
  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.


Apply here: https://solo.stanford.edu/opportunities/tahrir-institute-middle-east-policy