The Arwa Fellowship for Yemeni women in civil society and public service is a semester- or year-long individual, non-resident fellowship for women working in civil society or the public sector in Yemen.

Fellows will receive a grant which can be used for training, university tuition, or other professional development expenses, or to fund a specific capacity-building initiative. Fellows will work closely with YPP staff and volunteer advisors to design their initiatives or otherwise advance their civil society/public service careers.

Fellows will also assist with the YPP’s in-country programs, or conduct research and analysis in support of the YPP’s work on United States policy toward Yemen. We will tailor each fellowship to match the interests and skills of the fellow. Fellows will receive cash grants totaling $1,000-$5,000 over the course of a semester, or $2,000-$10,000 over the course of a full year.

“Working with the YPP has been a life-saving opportunity; not only for me, but also for some close friends of mine who depend on my monthly support. In a war-torn country, work is a blessing. With rampant unemployment, and the government cutting off salaries to civil servants, I could not otherwise cover my medications and daily expenses. For women in Yemen, the challenge is double. Without the YPP’s support, I would not have been able to pursue a Master’s degree during the civil war. The YPP opened the door for me, encouraged me, and gave me the opportunity to pursue my interests and pay my university's tuition. Working with YPP was a chance to learn and enrich my potential. This fellowship has helped me to develop my critical thinking ability and given me a chance to contribute to the YPP's mission.”
—A.H., 2017 fellow


To be eligible for the Arwa Fellowship, applicants must be women currently working in civil society or public service. This includes employees of charitable organizations, think-tanks, other nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies. This fellowship is intended for women working and living in Yemen, but applications from Yemenis living outside of Yemen may be considered, so long as their work in some way benefits Yemeni citizens. Applicants from any governorate are welcome, but preference will be given to residents of Abyan, Aden, al-Baydha, al-Dhali’, Hadhramawt, al-Hudaydah, Lahj, al-Mahrah, Marib, Ta’iz, Sa’dah, and Soqotra governorates. Applicants must be proficient in English.

The application period for January 2018 fellowships is now closed.

  • Applications must be received by September 30, 2017.

  • Fellows will be notified by November 30, 2017.

  • Initial grant payments will be made in January 2018 or later, depending on need.

We understand that working with a foreign organization may pose risks for some Yemenis. We make all possible efforts to protect the identities of our fellows when necessary.

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Help us empower Yemeni women by contributing to the Fund today! Your donations will go directly to our Arwa Fellows.