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Lamis Abu Nahleh Ibrahim Elnur
Hoda Elsadda Omnia El Shakry
Penny Johnson Barbara Ibrahim
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Ray Jureidini Mona Khalaf
Eileen Kuttab Jihad Makhoul
Annelies Moors Nadine Naber
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New Grant Opportunity-- Palestinian Rule of Law (PROL) Awards: Deadline January 23rd

The Open Society Scholarship Programs will award approximately five scholarships supporting one-year LL.M. (Masters of Law) degrees for lawyers or law graduates normally residing in the Gaza Strip or West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Scholarships will sipport study at selected law schools in the U.S. and the Central European University in Budapest. For more information, click here.

New Fellowship Opportunities from The Arab Council for the Social Sciences: Deadline June 1st:

The Asfari Fellowship and the Turkey Senior Fellowship are open to citizens from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. Candidates should be engaged in, or working with, civil society in these countries, whether they come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, the professions or the media.

The Asfari Fellowship is a joint initiative of Chatham House and the Asfari Foundation, whose purpose is to offer potential and established civil society leaders from the Middle East the opportunity to further develop their understanding, ideas and approaches on the most pressing challenges facing the Arab world.

The Turkey Senior Fellowship provides an established leader from Turkey with the opportunity to write, speak at events, expand personal networks, and further develop an understanding of critical issues in international affairs.

For more information, click the links above or click here to visit the website.

June Seminar Postponed to Fall:

Please note: Due to conflicts with the Egyptian university exams schedule, the June Training Seminar has been moved to Sept/Oct 2014 (exact date to be announced). The new application deadline is 20 August 2014. Please see the Invitation and Application Materials page for more information and a link to the application form.


The Arab Families Working Group (AFWG) is a collective of sixteen scholars from universities, NGOs and research foundations whose work focuses on youth and families in Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt and their diasporas. Founded in 2001, AFWG is committed to advancing the state of empirical and theoretical knowledge on Arab families and articulating research processes and outcomes with practitioners and policy makers. AFWG projects include comparative, transnational, interdisciplinary, and collaborative work on the three countries and diasporic Arab families in the United States and Canada.

Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt emerged as the foci for AFWG work because of the critical mass of ethnographic and historical studies available on these countries. Each country, with a long history of institution building around family studies and women’s studies, also represents different historical developments and regional dynamics. Palestine is a state in formation, having endured a half century of dislocation, occupation, war, violence, and national liberation movement. Lebanon, while rebuilding its state and society, continues to be unstable after seventeen years of civil war. The Egyptian state and society is slowly transforming under pressure of structural adjustment and socio/political challenges. Comparisons of these data-rich countries and their diasporas provides a critical basis for future research on families and youth in other Arab countries.

AFWG is co-hosted at The American University in Cairo (Egypt) and the University of California, Davis (USA). An institutional network has contributed to the work of AFWG, including: The American University in Cairo, (Social Research Center and Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies)The Population Council, CairoThe Lebanese American University, Beirut (Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World)Birzeit University, West Bank (Institute of Women’s Studies)The University of California, Davis (Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, and Middle East/South Asia Studies).

The Arab Families Working Group is founded and organized by Dr. Suad Joseph. Dr. Joseph's website is She can be contacted at

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