Foundation Provides Fellowships for Arab Public Policy Students at Duke

Selected graduate students from 22 Middle Eastern countries will receive full support to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) under a new agreement between Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

Starting in the fall of 2008, Mohammed Bin Rashid Fellowships will be offered to as many as five students admitted to the Sanford Institute’s MPP program. Fellows must be residents of one of 22 Arab countries. They will be selected based on relevant professional experience, leadership potential, academic record and evidence of aspirations to serve the Arab world.

Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the foundation was launched earlier this year by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, with a $10 billion endowment.  The foundation supports diverse initiatives to boost the knowledge capital of the region, including youth leadership programs, a literary magazine, scholarships and research grants.

“We are pleased to begin this partnership and to be able to support the foundation’s effort to expand knowledge and develop new leaders in the Middle East region,” said Bruce Kuniholm, Sanford Institute director and professor of public policy and history. “Having more MPP students from the Middle East enrolled in our program also will enrich the educational experience for all our students.”

The foundation’s other international educational partners include London School of Business, National University of Singapore, Harvard University and Stanford University. Fellowships will cover tuition, fees, living stipend, and travel.