Middle East and North Africa

Join ECFR's MENA Programme as a Visiting Fellow

The European Council on Foreign Relations invites rolling applications from brilliant minds in the Middle Eastern and North African research community as part of our growing Visiting Fellows Programme. Our fellows have a unique opportunity to produce timely, compelling analysis on their areas of expertise for a broad community of European policymakers and to shape new ideas in European debates.  

The profile

We’re looking for savvy fellows with a track record of provocative, engaging commentary and publication on Middle Eastern and North African affairs – whether academics, bloggers, activists, journalists, researchers or self-styled policy wonks. Interested applicants should have professional command of English or another European language.

We welcome serious applicants from across the region (meaning applicants should have a MENA country of origin AND currently be based in the region), with priority given to fellows either looking at country specific issues or working on the following five cross-regional themes: a) domestic or regional political economy, b) the impact of foreign aid flows, c) regional security issues (including arms sales, non-proliferation and counterterrorism policy), d) the future of regional multilateral institutions or e) the shifting geopolitics of the region.

The fellowship

Fellowships run for 12-16 weeks. Fellows will author one original report-length publication of 5,000-10,000 words and two or more commentary-style pieces on their chosen research topic, or will produce other outputs as agreed. Fellows can spend part or all of their fellowship in one of ECFR’s seven national offices, but should expect to travel at least once to Europe to promote their research as part of events and briefings that ECFR will organize. Fellows will receive an honorarium and ECFR will cover travel and accommodation fees as required.


Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, two writing samples (showcasing shorter commentary and longer research work) and 250-500 words describing a proposed research topic to [email protected] with “Application for Visiting Fellowship” in the subject line.