Winter Research Academy


Research is a powerful tool that can help you prove a theory, build knowledge, increase awareness, seize opportunities, and succeed in business. 

The AUC Winter Research Academy is an online interactive workshop by AUC faculty that provides step-by-step training in developing a research proposal. You will learn the basics of narrowing a topic of interest, writing a research question, developing a tentative annotated bibliography and literature review, describing the research method, and developing and presenting a complete research proposal. Unleash your curiosity and passion for discovery this winter, and join us in an exceptional educational experience.

Two Weeks - January 10 - January 21

Classes run Sunday to Thursday from 6 to 9 pm. Enrolled students are expected to spend between two to three hours daily working on their projects independently.

This is an interactive online class via Zoom and requires a reliable internet connection.

Early Bird Fees (until November 30): EGP 3,000

Normal Fees: EGP 3,500

University students: graduate and undergraduates from any university in Egypt

  • Submission of digital copies of the following to
    • Personal statement, outlining previous research experience or research interests
    • Sample of coursework, if any
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 (good or gayyed)
  • Laptop, tablet, or phone
  • Reliable internet connection (ADSL)
  • Note-taking tools: pencils/pens/paper
  • This course requires students to work independently outside the time of the course
  • Enrolled students are expected to spend between 2 to 3 hours daily to work on their projects
  • Learn to conduct academic research using on-line databases
  • Learn to read and understand published research
  • Understand the research process, skills, and methods - quantitative, qualitative, and mixed 
  • Design theory-grounded research questions
  • Create a scholar mindset and integrity 
  • Write and integrate feedback on research proposals 
  • Network with other undergraduate scholars in a learning community

Hossam Eldin Attiah
Senior Instructor of Rhetoric and Composition, and Director of the Academic Community Engagement at the American University in Cairo

Hossam Attiah holds an MA in TESOL from The American University in Cairo. He joined AUC as an instructor in 2007 to teach at the Department of English Language Instruction (ELI) before he moved to the Department of Rhetoric and Composition in 2015. He currently teaches AUC freshman research writing and seminar courses. Attiah regularly attends and presents at international language teaching conferences. He also conducts training of trainers, debating, and business writing workshops. His areas of interest include mentoring teachers, course design, integration of critical thinking and creativity, student autonomy, and the integration of technology in teaching. Prior to his employment at AUC, he worked with a number of Egyptian private-sector and multinational corporations, assisting these groups with their education and training needs. He is currently working on the promotion of community-based courses at AUC and building strong partnerships with NGOs to assist faculty in implementing the methodology.




Program cancellation due to the Coronavirus situation Three weeks prior to the program start date 100 percent refund of program fees
Course cancellation due to low enrollment  Three weeks prior to the program start date 100 percent refund of program fees

Medical withdrawal

Prior to the program start date

100 percent refund of program fees

Visa denial

One week prior to the program start date

100 percent refund of program fees

Student's Reflections


The experience was absolutely phenomenal and I have benefitted a lot from the course. It was really enlightening to know how to conduct a research proposal and it gave me a huge sense of accomplishment.

Nour Hazem
Political Science, Alexandria University

My experience with this course was mind-blowing. It was such a fruitful, fun, and intriguing experience. Although it lasted for only two weeks, I learned too much information and important skills. In addition, it opened new doors, new challenges, and new perspectives to look at them.

Mai Sami
Economics and Political Science, Future University in Cairo (FUE)
Nada amir

I would like to say that I found the course really fruitful, it provided me with various information as well as sources that I hadn’t been aware of. And even though it was quite tiresome, and at times I felt like quitting, with hindsight I came to appreciate every little sweat that I have broken over this course.

Nada Amer
Economic and Political Science, Alexandria University