The American University in Cairo is a private university which has served a unique and important function in Cairo since its founding in 1919. The language of instruction is English, and the curriculum emphasizes the liberal arts. 90% of AUC's students are Egyptian; the rest come from elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America.
Estabilished in 1981, the Presidential Scholars Program fellowship provides selected individuals with the opportunity to study Arabic while working at an international university, and experiencing life in Cairo - the bustling, vibrant center of Middle Eastern culture. The term of employment is for one academic year. Positions have been available in the following university offices: President, Provost, Communication and Marketing, Law Department, Performing and Visual Arts Department, Social Research Center, Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, Vice President for Finance, Vice President for Planning and Administration and the Desert Development Center. Please see details of current availabilities on the AUC website.
All scholars are provided with the following:
In order to apply for the AUC program, you must be a U.S. citizen and a graduating senior (co-terminal students are eligible) at Stanford University at the time of application.
Candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds are invited to apply.
The program is intended to expose Americans to Egypt and the Greater Middle East, thus candidates who have not spent considerable time in Egypt or have studied at AUC before are given extra consideration.
An application consists of the following:
Selection Process and Notification
AUC will notify short-listed candidates in early March to schedule a Skype interview. Final selections are made by the appropriate administrator in Cairo in consultation with the AUC President's Office. As a rule of thumb, screening panels look at the student's previous academic work, extracurricular activities, and the quality of their essay and references. Final notification will be given by April 1.
Although there is no Stanford campus process for this award, interested students should contact the ORC for a copy of the application and for guidance on the application process as well as review the AUC website for details.