Each associate receives a monthly living stipend to cover expenses in Cairo. Additionally, the program will cover round-trip airfare (one-time payment) between their hometown and Cairo, and associates will receive a settling-in allowance upon arrival. The first monthly payment is at the end of September 2020, and the last payment is at the end of August 2021. The stipend will not be taxable in the United States, provided the associate remains outside the United States for 330 consecutive days or more.
Associates live in rent-free, furnished faculty housing apartments in New Cairo, about a 10-minute walk from AUC. Shuttle buses also run regularly between the housing and the University. The cost of housing, utilities and basic maintenance is covered by the program. Associates share apartments with one or two other interns and each will have his or her own bedroom. To learn more about faculty housing, click here.
Arabic Language Study
Associates receive 60 hours a semester of individual Arabic tutoring through AUC's School of Continuing Education. Associates also have the option of taking another course offered by the University in lieu of the Arabic course (though associates will need to coordinate with their respective offices in order to ensure that a course schedule does not conflict with work commitments). Arabic tutoring hours are scheduled around the associates' work schedule. Additionally, associates may sign up for a student language partner.
Associates are entitled to 15 sick days and 21 vacation days, in addition to at least 15 days of official University holiday times (some official dates may fall on weekends). Associates are also allowed extra vacation days during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
AUC Facilities and Services
Associates have full access to the AUC Library, Sports Center, Clinic and the AUC bus system. The bus system runs between the New Cairo campus and faculty housing, Zamalek, AUC Tahrir Square, Maadi, Dokki and Mohandiseen.
Monthly Educational Seminar Series
Associates may initiate special seminars with prominent individuals from the public and private sectors, as well as AUC professors and specialists, to facilitate further academic discussion on various political, cultural and social aspects of Egypt and the Middle East. In the past, associates have attended seminar luncheons with former Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy, the mission director of USAID in Egypt and foreign service officers at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt.
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities
The program has a fund for excursions for associates so that they may explore Cairo and other parts of Egypt throughout the year. The destination and nature of the excursions will be determined by the interests of the associates and in discussion with the manager of the program, who will organize the excursions based on the travel budget for that year. In previous years, associates have participated in guided tours of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, a day trip to Alexandria and events at the Cairo Opera House.
Associates are also invited to join the new faculty members on a number of subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt that are organized through the Faculty Services Committee. Past trips included a guided tour of the Giza pyramids and a weekend at the Red Sea. Interns are welcome to participate in events organized and subsidized by the Office of Student Life as well, which include trips like a five-day cruise on the Nile to Luxor and Aswan.
Associates must have an insurance policy that will cover medications, analysis, testing and hospitalization, and have the option of subscribing to subsidized medical insurance through AUC or purchasing or retaining their own insurance plans. Basic medical examination care is provided through the AUC clinic.
Graduate Studies Tuition Waiver
Following completion of the Presidential Associates Program, associates may receive a full waiver of graduate study tuition upon applying for a position and becoming a full-time employee at the University. You must be working full time every semester for your tuition to be waived.