APPLY NOW: NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship

Posted on October 15, 2017 by Alif

APPLY NOW for the 2017 – 2018 NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship program at Alif Institute!FellowshipGraphic2017

For the second year in a row, the National Network for Arab American Communities has awarded Alif Institute with one of their Transformative Leaders Fellowships! NNAAC will give us a grant to award this prestigious, nine-month fellowship to an outstanding Arab American who is a college or graduate student or recently graduated.

For more information, please visit the NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship page.

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 Director of Outreach & Development.


Title: NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship

Organization Name: Alif Institute

Supervisor Title: Alta Schwartz, Director of Outreach and Development

Number of Positions: 1

Schedule: TBD upon selection of candidate. Start date October 1, 2017; End date in June 29, 2018.

Hours Per Week: 16, or the equivalent of 576 hours over the course of 9 months

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, will be with their cohort to training in Dearborn Michigan. The second time, in Spring 2018, 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 application form here:
  2. Please send a resume and one letter of recommendation from a past or present faculty, staff, or community member via email to the following address:

Phone Number: 770-936-8770

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

Alif Institute website:

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