Program: The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations presents: The Eighth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer, through the Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies, the Eighth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit to the Sultanate of Oman March 10-23, 2010, including required pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. to be held on March 10-11, 2010. This unique opportunity will provide a privileged first hand exposure to one of the Arab world’s most demographically, geographically, and socially diverse countries.

The National Council is currently accepting applications to participate in this study visit. MALONE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION:

www.ncusar.org/programs/NCUSAR_Malone_Fellowship_Application.pdf

American professionals in academia, government, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.

The Eighth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit will provide participants an educational experience that few Westerners and even fewer Americans have had. The program is choreographed to provide Malone Fellows an unparalleled diverse exposure to Oman — one of the most historically and culturally rich of all Arab and Islamic societies. Until relatively recent times, the Sultanate languished in its status as one of the most forgotten corners of all Arabia. Anyone in doubt about the extraordinary opportunity that being able to visit Oman in this manner presents need only consult any of the severalNational Geographic Magazine features on the country in the past two decades.

COST AND REQUIREMENTS

The fee for the Eighth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit is $6,750.00 per person.Commercial tours of similar duration are typically more expensive and offer far less access to the diversity of Omani geography, life, and culture. When coupled with the privileged availability of official briefings included in the itinerary, this National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations program offers an exceptional opportunity.

The price includes single-occupancy rooms, guides, and meals throughout the program from the time of departure from Washington, D.C. until return to the United States.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Individuals interested in being selected to participate in the Eighth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program study visit to the Sultanate of Oman are required to submit a Malone Fellowship Application and supporting documentation to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations no later than February 22, 2010.

The application can be found through the link below or on the National Council’s website www.ncusar.org.

Because a visa is required of all individuals entering Oman, the National Council will need to obtain that documentation for each participant. Once individuals are selected to participate in the study visit, they will be asked to submit their passports to the National Council’s office along with a completed visa application, two (2) passport sized photos, and the U.S. $ 30.00 visa application fee. Note that that the visa fee must be sent as a money order payable to the “Embassy of Oman”; personal checks are not acceptable. U.S. passports must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of departure, with at least two (2) clear visa pages adjacent to each other. All materials should be assembled and sent by trackable express (USPS, FEDEX, UPS, etc.) delivery to the National Council’s Washington offices.

For more information, visit: http://www.ncusar.org/programs/malone.html