APPLY NOW: NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship 2018-2019

Posted on May 4, 2018 by Alta Schwartz

For the third year in a row, the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) has awarded Alif Institute with one of their prestigious Transformative Leaders Fellowships!

The NNAAC Fellowship program is a leadership development training program designed for Arab-American undergraduate juniors or seniors or graduate level college students, or recent graduates. Fellows will be expected to work 16 hours per week in an Arab American human services/arts & culture organization, and will be given opportunities to learn about all aspects of a non-profit organization, including administration, grant writing, fundraising, communications, community engagement, and service delivery, among other things. The Fellowship program will run from September, 2018 – May, 2019, and each fellow will receive a $3,500 stipend throughout their service in three installments.

Fellows will be required to attend an orientation during October 2018 date TBD, and Arab American Leadership Days in D.C. in April 2019. In addition, Fellows will be required to participate in regular monthly trainings offered electronically by NNAAC. Fellows will also be required to work with their host organization on developing a professional development plan during their fellowship, obtaining additional training opportunities, and receiving important professional support for them to achieve their goals.

APPLY NOW! Application deadline is July 15, 2018.

To apply:

  1. Go to the NNAAC application and fill out the ONLINE FORM.
  2. Send your resume and one letter of recommendation to Alta Schwartz, Alif Institute’s Interim Executive Director.


Title: NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship

Organization Name: Alif Institute

Supervisor Title: Alta Schwartz, Interim Executive Director

Number of Positions: 1

Schedule: TBD upon selection of candidate. Start date September, 2018; End date in May, 2019.

Hours Per Week: 16, or the equivalent of 576 hours over the course of 9 months. Hours are flexible, but some nights and weekends are required. Majority of hours must be spent on location at Alif Institute.

Financial Compensation: $3,500 stipend over nine months

Credit Hours Earned: Varied by college requirements

About Alif Institute: The mission of Alif Institute is to foster the understanding and appreciation of Arab cultures. Alif Institute is a nonprofit, non-religious, and non-political American education, culture, arts, and enrichment center with a focus on Arab cultures and Arab Americans.


  • Candidate must identify as Arab American.
  • Candidate must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Candidate must be a current college junior or senior or recent graduate.
  • This is a nine month commitment. Candidate must agree to complete the entire length of the Fellowship.
  • Fellows must travel twice during their fellowship. The first time, in October, 2018 will be with their cohort to training in Dearborn Michigan. The second time, in April, 2019, will be to Washington, D.C. to take part in advocacy week. All expenses will be paid by NNAAC. In addition, Fellows will be required to participate in monthly trainings offered electronically by NNAAC. Experience in nonprofits, volunteering, and policy helpful.
  • Desire to learn about nonprofit management and leadership skills.


  • Coordinate traveling exhibit, Windows to the Arab World: From the MidEast to the Southeast:
    • Expand exhibit content: Research aspects of Arab culture and work with graphic designer to create educational posters for display.
    • Outreach to schools, universities, and civic and government organizations to host the exhibit.
    • Present: Help give presentations about the exhibit to host organizations and help recruit/train presenters.
    • Fundraise: Research funding opportunities and help write grants.
  • Build our library of Arab-American stories with StoryCorps:
    • Collaborate with the StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization.
    • Solicit local Arab American members of the community to record their personal stories with StoryCorps. Motivate them to preserve and share their heritage.
    • Research resources to edit the stories and incorporate them into Alif’s permanent exhibit and traveling exhibit.
    • Fundraise to cover expenses for editing the stories.
  • Non-Board coordinator for Alif Board of Directors sub-committee:
    • Meet with a Board sub-committee every other month.
    • Take notes, make recommendations, and liaise with board members about committee business.
  • Final presentation:
    • Fellow will present a summary of their experience and activities to members of the Alif community at the end of the contract period.


Contact Name: Alta Schwartz

How to apply: This is a two-step process:

  1. Please complete the NNAAC Fellowship application form.
  2. Please send a resume and one letter of recommendation from a past or present faculty, staff, or community member via email to Alta Schwartz.

Phone Number: 770-936-8770

Alif Institute address: 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340

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