Applications are now open for our new study trip to Australia!

The Rumi Forum is proud to announce a new study trip opportunity for Winter 2018. This program will be held in Australia encompassing the cities of Sydney and Canberra. Applications for this trip are currently open and all eligible individuals are encouraged to apply.

You have the option of choosing from:

January 19th – January 28th

February 16th – February 25th

Throughout this program, participants will be immersed in cultural activities that celebrate local customs and traditions. In addition, this travel program will create the opportunity for participants to meet with civil society organizations, government officials, journalists, academicians and think-tank scholars, among others, and gain an insight into some of the following issues in Australia:

  • Social harmony and interfaith
  • Peace building and conflict resolution
  • Immigration
  • Integration of migrants into society
  • Minority issues
  • Education
  • Economics
  • U.S. relationship and regional issues
  • Aboriginal issues


Eligibility and Conditions

To be eligible to apply for this trip, the applicants’ work or field of study should reflect the following issues:

Regional focus: Oceania and/or Southeast Asia

Issues: Interfaith and social harmony, peace building and peace making, sociology and social movements, NGOs and civil society, religion and culture, international security, geostrategy, global strategy, conflict management/resolution/prevention, international affairs, international development, security studies, defense, terrorism/counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights, national security, women’s and minority issues, journalism, energy, politics and political economy.

Who will be considered?: Individuals from academia (including Ph.D. students) think tank and policy experts, media and communications, government and diplomacy advocates, faith and cultural organizations, NGOs and non-profits and broader community leaders

Applications must be residents OR  be based in one of the following areas: Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, and Maryland.

Cost: The per person cost of this trip is $ 2500 which includes transportation, meals, and accommodation.  Accommodations at hotels will be twin share (single rooms are available at a higher price). Participants will also buy their airfare.

Application Information

The application will collect basic information about the applicant to include professional and academic experience, educational background; honors and awards received; and extracurricular and volunteer activities. We will also request personal information (name, address, phone, email).

In order for your application to be processed, you will need to fill out this primary form:

Upon completion, a full CV, as well as a 300-400 benefits statement detailing your current professional work and the potential benefits of this trip to your career, are also required as separate documents to be sent to 

Once your application is approved we will ask you to send in your contribution check.

Deadline to apply: December 20th, 2017

Preliminary Itinerary:

All other questions, comments, and concerns can be addressed to 

Rumi Forum has been developing and organizing educational trip programs since 2005 to Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Morocco with the aim to help participants develop professionally and intellectually. To see previous fellowships please visit our trips page.

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange. The Forum wants to contribute to this ultimate aim by means of conferences, panel discussions, projects, scholarships, publications and many other activities. In particular, the forum has an interest in issues regarding pluralism, peace building and conflict resolution, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, social harmony and justice, civil rights and community cohesion.