The Middle East Rule of Law Masters Scholarships Program (MEROL) offers fellowships for graduate study leading to masters degrees. Eligible fields include law (LLM), public policy/public administration, media/communications studies, gender/women’s studies, and social work.
The program aims to assist in the creation of a critical mass of reform-minded professionals in the Middle East working in fields crucial to the development and sustainability of open societies.
Funded by the Open Society Foundations and host partner universities, the program supports Middle Eastern students from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria, and Palestine who demonstrate both academic excellence and strong leadership potential.
- be legal residents of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria, or Palestine (West Bank or Gaza, including East Jerusalem) at the time of the a pplication
- demonstrate an excellent academic record and have an advanced degree (Minimum: Bachelor’s)
- display impressive civil society leadership potential
- have strong English language ability, which will be tested through tests and interviews (Minimum TOEFL score: 480)
- be able to begin the program in August or September 2013
- be able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 visa (for students placed in the U.S.) or a Hungarian visa (for students placed at the Central European University in Budapest)
- participate in an intensive academic writing program in summer 2013 prior to departure to US
- commit to returning to their home country upon degree completion
Competition will be merit based and selection made on the basis of academic excellence, professional aptitude, leadership potential in the field of specialization, and proven commitment to open society values.
Employees of the Open Society Foundations directly involved in the administration of scholarships are not eligible; nor are individuals receiving other Open Society Foundations-funded support during the fellowship period.
More detailed guidelines and an application form are available for download on in the left-hand column.
The deadline for applications to the 2013–2014 academic year is February 7, 2013.
Please mail applications to the appropriate AMIDEAST office listed in the application and program guidelines.