2009-2010 SHORT-TERM FELLOWSHIP Application by gabyion


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                                                     Open Society Institute
                                                Palestinian Rule of Law Program
                        2009-2010 SHORT-TERM FELLOWSHIP Application

                                            Program Information and Application Forms

PROL Short-Term Fellowships Program Description

The Open Society Institute’s Palestinian Rule of Law (PROL) program offers up to three Short-Term Fellowships at US host law schools for part or
full-time law professors who are normally resident in the Gaza Strip or West Bank, including East Jerusalem. All Short-Term Fellowship applicants
must be current professors or instructors of law at a Palestinian university or four-year college.

Open Society Institute

The Open Society Institute (OSI) is a private operating and grantmaking foundation based in New York City that serves as the hub of the Soros
foundations network, a group of autonomous foundations and organizations in more than 60 countries. OSI and the network implement a range of
initiatives that aim to promote open societies by shaping government policy and supporting education, media, public health, and human and women's
rights, as well as social, legal, and economic reform.

Program Design and Timeline:

The PROL Program’s short-term fellowship component is an innovative non-degree law faculty exchange program designed to encourage the pursuit
of academic careers, generate new approaches to curricular and pedagogical reform in Palestinian law schools, and provide scholarly research
opportunities. Short-Term Fellowships will also support the development of regional and international institutional partnerships and collaborative
projects, thereby improving the quality of teaching and research in the law in the West Bank and Gaza.

Each year for up to two years, participants will spend up to one semester at a host U.S. law school. Fellows may not select their host
universities. It is expected that most participants will engage in two separate spring semester visits to their host law school. Although the
timing of the visit is flexible, it is expected that most participants will stay at US law schools for a full spring semester, go back to their
host universities in the West Bank/Gaza for summer and fall, and then return to their US host law school for a period of time (one month to
a full semester). Grantees will begin their first visits in January 2010.

All Short-Term Fellows will be assigned an academic mentor from their US host law school. In addition, Short-Term Fellows will have work
space on campus, access to research facilities and on-campus logistical support, and permission to sit in on law school classes. Upon
accepting their award, grantees will commit to developing a new course or courses in consultation with their mentors that will be taught at
their home universities. If a Short-Term Fellow chooses to also conduct research, the project could be: connected to a course development
project, a continuation of ongoing research, or a completely new project. Research plans should clearly state where the proposed article will
likely be published and how this publication will contribute to improved teaching of the subject in the home university classroom.

Requirements of PROL Short-Term Fellows:

     •    Audit or “sit in on” at least one law course, for which they will complete all required reading and writing assignments, and
          actively participate in discussion;
     •    Visit classes to observe teaching methods, review syllabi and reading lists of host law school faculty;
     •    Attend appropriate law faculty and administrator meetings;
     •    Develop at least one new course and course materials for the home institution; or,

Activities Expected / Suggested of PROL Short-Term Fellows:

     •    Become active members of their host university departments to the fullest extent appropriate and possible;
     •    Give lectures at host institution and/or teach a full course (during the second visit, with host’s agreement);
     •    Introduce the home country's legal higher education system to faculty and students;
     •    Pursue ongoing official or unofficial linkages between the host law school and home university;
     •    Create opportunities to co-publish and participate in research projects with host university faculty and students;
     •    Participate in academic conferences as attendees and/or panelists;
     •    Attend seminars offered by local organizations.
     •    Conduct high-quality research that makes us of host law school resources and faculty mentoring and that will form the basis
          of a scholarly publication.

Pre-Visit Summer Program

All PROL Short-Term Fellows attend a pre-academic summer course in July 2009, prior to traveling to their host universities to begin their degree
programs. Study at host university law schools begins in spring 2010.

Fellowships Benefits

Pre-visit summer course travel and expenses; Facilitation of all US visa and travel arrangements; Round trip economy air travel from the West
Bank/Gaza to the host university for two separate visits; Expenses associated with attendance at an PROL Annual Fellows Conference (a gathering
that includes PROL LLM and Short-Term Fellow Grantees) in the US; Monthly living stipend for a single grantee, which is determined by the U.S.
city they live in; Allowance for books and academic supplies; Professional development fund; Partial salary replacement fund; Health Insurance.

During the application process, OSI will cover the costs of TOEFL training for semi-finalists and will pay for TOEFL-test related fees.

The PROL Program provides no financial support for dependents.

Requirements and Eligibility:

The PROL Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national and ethnic origin, or disability.
Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for PROL Short-Term Fellowships is merit-based and open to any law
professor or instructor normally resident in the Gaza Strip or West Bank, including East Jerusalem, who are:

     •    Proficient in spoken and written English and Arabic at the time of application.
     •    Able to demonstrate professional aptitude and leadership potential.
     •    Able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in the spring of 2010.
     •    Able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 or F visa (US host law school visit), and a Turkish visa (one-month summer program).
     •    Eligible to receive, or already have, documents permitting travel out of and back into the West Bank / Gaza.
     •    Committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program.
     •    Able to obtain a signed University Nomination / Statement of Support from their home university authorizing a Short-Term Visit

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for the PROL Program:

     •    Individuals who have participated in a program sponsored or funded by the U.S. government (e.g. USIS/PAS or other U.S. government
          agency) for a period of more than six weeks and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of
     •    Individuals who have applied for an immigrant visa to any country or who have requested political asylum in any country. This includes
          individuals who hold or have applied for a U.S. "green card," or who have applied to the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery.
     •    Individuals who are permanent residents of the U.S. residing in the U.S.
     •    Soros Network Scholarship Programs (NSP) staff and AMIDEAST staff who administer the PROL Program for the Open Society Institute.

Funding for the PROL Program is limited. The program is highly competitive and not all qualified applicants will receive awards.
Preference will be given to applicants currently residing and/or with significant professional experience in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem)
and the Gaza Strip.

Applicants should have an outstanding academic and teaching record (a BA in law or other law degree is required), professional aptitude and
leadership potential. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English and Arabic at the time of application. Successful applicants must
commit to returning to continuing to teach law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip upon completion of the Short-Term Fellowship.

Please Note: Under the terms of the fellowship, PROL Short-Term Fellows must return to the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) or Gaza
Strip immediately upon completion of their fellowships for a period of at least two years. PROL Short-Term Fellows are not eligible for extended
practical training or employment abroad.

TOEFL Requirement: The minimum TOEFL score required by most of the participating U.S. universities for Short-Term Fellowship applicant
consideration is 600 on the paper-based examination, and 250 on the computer-based examination.

Second Short-Term Fellow Visits:

Second visits will be subject to approval by host law schools and OSI. All Short-Term Fellows applying for second visits will be required to
show that they have met first-visit requirements and made strong efforts to undertake suggested activities. The PROL Program will require

reports from Short-Term Fellows that include discussions of research conducted; lists of materials collected; discussions of research
publication plans; the syllabus of at least one new course for the home university or indications of in-progress research; and proof that at least
one course was audited or “sat in on”. All second visit applicants will also need to provide a list of measurable goals, and a timeline for
completing them.

Responsibilities of Short-Term Fellows during “Home Semesters”:

During the home semester and summer in the West Bank/Gaza, Short-Term Fellows will be expected to maintain contact with their U.S.
mentor and develop plans for sustaining that relationship. They will also test teaching methods and course materials developed while in the
US and/or continue working on program-related research projects. Short-Term Fellows should share information and resources with
colleagues and home institution administrators. OSI and AMIDEAST staff will work with grantees to ensure that Fellows are aware of other
initiatives in higher education reform to which they can contribute and use to further their professional goals.

Palestinian Home University Responsibilities:

Palestinian home universities of Short-Term Fellows will be expected to retain the fellows as employees. In addition, Palestinian universities
will commit to allowing grantees to teach a newly developed law course upon their return and to permitting them to continue visit-associated
research projects.

Deadlines, Selection Process, and Schedule:

Competition for the PROL Short-Term Fellows Program is merit-based and selection will be made on the basis of academic excellence, professional
aptitude, teaching aptitude, leadership potential, and knowledge of English.

NOVEMBER 4, 2008 (by 16:00 local time) – Pre-application deadline (three-page form). Please see the application instructions below for details
on where to submit your application.

November 9-11, 2008 – ITP Testing for all applicants who have submitted a pre-application. Applicants may take the exam prior to this date. ITP test
fees are to be paid by the applicant.

November 18, 2008 (by 16:00 local time) -- Full Application deadline, including recommendation forms. Please see the application instructions
below for details on where to submit your application. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Early December 2008 -- Pre-selection committee composed of host university representatives and OSI staff meets to review applications and select
semifinalists. PROL coordinators notify applicants of their selection status.

December 2008 (West Bank and (Gaza) -- Semifinalists take an AMIDEAST-run Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Preparation
Course. The PROL Program will cover the cost of the TOEFL preparation course for semifinalists.

January 2009 – March 2009 (West Bank and (Gaza) -- Semifinalists take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The PROL Program
will cover the cost of the TOEFL for semifinalists. Assistance is available from the PROL Program to help cover the cost of transportation to and
from the testing and interview sites for semifinalists with financial need.

January 2009 – Committee composed of host university representatives and OSI staff interviews semifinalists in the West Bank/Gaza.

February 2009 – Finalist announced and files circulated to potential host university law schools for review.

February – October 2009 – Finalist placements at host universities are finalized.

July 2009 – Summer Program in Istanbul

January 2010 – Short-Term Fellow Visits in US begin.

All fellowship offers made to finalists are conditional. Final placement of individual PROL Short-Term will be contingent upon an offer on the part
of a US host law school to host the finalist.

Participant Responsibility

PROL Short-Term Fellows must uphold the academic and professional standards of their host law schools. Failure to maintain host law school
academic and professional standards, or to adhere to PROL Program requirements, will result in dismissal from the Program.

Note on US Law Schools

It is important for applicants to understand that law schools at US universities often have differing areas of research and teaching strengths. A
number of factors are involved in placing fellows at host law schools, and finalists cannot choose which university they attend. When filling out the
PROL Short-Term Fellowship application, applicants are asked to choose a primary field of interest and rank alternative fields. It is critical that each
applicant carefully and thoughtfully select the field of specialization that they would like to pursue if chosen as a Short-Term Fellow. Applicants are
encouraged to further research these fields and the different programs offered by the host law schools in them before suggesting any potential
placements in their applications. Information is available at local U.S. educational information centers such as AMIDEAST, on the Internet, and
through other resources. It is the responsibility of the applicant to select the appropriate field and specialization for him/her. The selection committee,
and host law schools, make placement decisions based on information provided by the applicant. It is therefore in the applicant’s best interest to
thoroughly research law school specializations and to write a statement of purpose that accurately reflects his/her understanding of, and interest in,
the field and / or a specific potential host university.

Further Information is available from the following AMIDEAST offices:
Ramallah AMIDEAST Office                                                    Gaza City AMIDEAST Office

Street Address:                                                             Street Address:
Al-Watanieh Towers, 1st Floor                                               Shaheed Raja Street. No.8/704
34 Municipality Street                                                      Bseiso Building, 8th Floor, (Opposite the Arab Bank of Rimal)
El-Bireh, Ramallah District                                                 Al Jondi Al Majhool, Rimal Neighborhood

Mailing Address:                                                            Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 19665                                                              P.O. Box 1247, Gaza City
Jerusalem 91193                                                             Gaza Strip, Palestinian National Authority

Phone: 972 (or +970) 2-240-8023                                             Phone: 972 (or +970) 8-282-4635
Ramallah Fax: 972 (or +970) 2-240-8017                                      Gaza City Fax: 972 (or +970) 8-286-9338
E-Mail: westbank-gaza@AMIDEAST.org                                          E-Mail: westbank-gaza@AMIDEAST.org

Jerusalem AMIDEAST Office

Street Address:
Shufat Road

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 19665
Jerusalem 91193

Phone: 972 (or +970) 2-582-9297
E-Mail: westbank-gaza@AMIDEAST.org

Nablus AMIDEAST Office

Street Address:
Trust Building, 3rd Floor
Amman Street
Nablus, West Bank

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 19665
Jerusalem 91193

Phone: 972 (or +970) 9-238-4533
E-Mail: westbank-gaza@AMIDEAST.org


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