The Middle East & Northern Africa (MENA) Fellowship Program, supported by the British Council, provides access to ISPA's extensive international network of arts professionals to early and mid-career leaders from the MENA performing arts community (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria or Yemen). Participants join the ISPA membership and attend the New York ISPA Congress where they engage in the development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world's most significant arts organizations, increase their industry knowledge and resources through educational opportunities, and share their experience with their communities.

Application Process




Notification of Status

2017 Program Dates


August 2, 2016


September 1, 2016

September 30, 2016

January 9 - 12, 2017


In 2017, Fellows receive:

  • One-year ISPA membership with access to all member benefits  
  • Full Pass registration to the New York 2017 Congress (January 10 - 12, 2017) including a one-day Seminar prior to the Congress (January 9, 2017)


  • Up to $2,400 US to assist with travel and accommodation expenses related to attending the Congress

The MENA Fellowship Program seeks to engage leaders working in the management of all professional performing arts.  

Applicants must:

  • Be performing arts management professionals from one of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria or Yemen
  • Be currently employed/working in the performing arts
  • Have a minimum of five years professional experience in the arts
  • Not currently be a member of ISPA (nor have been one in the past three years) or associated with a current organizational ISPA member
  • Have the ability to attend and fully participate in the New York 2017 ISPA Congress (January 9 - 12, 2017)

There is no fee to submit an ISPA Fellowship application.