American Univesity of Beirut

The AUB Issam Fares Institute – Google Policy Fellowship

​​​Deadline Extended: Monday, October 21, 2019
Starting date: November 1st, 2019

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in partnership with Google MENA, is pleased to announce the AUB Issam Fares Institute - Google Policy Fellowship, a one-year fellowship starting on November 1, 2019.


IFI and Google MENA will utilize this partnership to conduct policy research affecting digital policies and internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The Institute will host a full-time Fellow for one year, who will research a wide range of related policy issues including, but not limited to internet regulation, e-government, technology and development, social media, content oversight, data collection and privacy, and freedom of expression.  


The Fellow should be a graduate level technology expert or an early-career social scientist who is passionate about technology and its impact on society. In addition to conducting research on a wide range of technology related policy issues in the MENA region, the Fellow should propose and research their own project during the fellowship, covering one or more of the following overarching goals:

  • Produce knowledge on what shapes policies relating to and influencing discourse around technology in the MENA region;
  • Research how technology may help policy implementation and enforcement in middle-income countries like Lebanon (through e-governance, big data, etc.);
  • Provide insight on regulatory frameworks that create (or hinder) a policy savvy ecosystem;
  • Research the importance of the technology field in employment and economic development.


  1. Research and publish a report relating to technology and policy-making in the MENA region;
  2. Organize one policy dialogue with policymakers, academics, and media activists on the changing regulatory landscape for technology in the MENA region;
  3. Connect and collaborate with other AUB units, faculties, and centers to explore the role of technology in policy solutions, particularly as this relates to their ongoing research and other work.​

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Outstanding academic record – Master's degree preferably in a technology related field, but the fellowship is open to scholars of all social science and inter-disciplinary degrees whose primary research area is related to public policy in the MENA region;
  • Demonstrated an interest in exploring issues relating to internet and technology policy;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and work collaboratively with Institute programs, AUB units, faculties, and centers, and other stakeholders;
  • Excellent communication skills.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should submit the following materials:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV);
  3. Research proposal detailing research project the candidate would undertake during the fellowship (2 pages max.);
  4. Sample of written work, preferably a published article, an opinion piece, or a chapter submission in a relevant field;
  5. Two referees with full contact information.

Applications must be submitted to Maysa Baroud at no later than October 2​1, 2019, with the subject “IFI-Google Fellowship Application”.


Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Within the framework of Lebanese Law, the American University of Beirut is an equal opportunity employer.​

Contact Us

For various questions, please try contacting us via social media first!
read more

Privacy Statement

We take data privacy seriously and adhere to all applicable data privacy laws and regulations.
read more

Copyright and Disclaimer

Written permission is needed to copy or disseminate all or part of the materials on the AUB website.
read more

Title IX, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Discriminatory Harassment

AUB is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment to all members of its community.
read more