In November 2016, Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States after running on a platform built on hatred and fear of "the other." He pledged to ban Muslims and deport Dreamers. He threatened to rip up the historic Iran nuclear accord, paving the way for another trillion dollar war in the Middle East.
Trump made good on his campaign promises in January 2017 when he announced his travel ban— a direct assault on Iranian-Americans. The ban prevents Iranian nationals from both visiting and immigrating to the United States.
The Ansari Fellowship Program was born in the wake of these unbelievable times.
The premise is simple: Iranian-Americans are some of the most successful entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers and scientists in the United States. Yet, for various reasons, we remain vastly underrepresented in politics. The consequences of this underrepresentation have never been so clear.
We are aiming to change that.
Proactive civic engagement, advocacy, and leadership have never been so critical. By encouraging and empowering young Iranian-Americans to pursue careers in public service, we intend to help give rise to an unprecedented generation of leaders in our community.
The Ansari Fellowship provided me hope during a time when I felt the particular hardships of being 'the other' – both through my existence as an Iranian American under our nation’s current administration and in my career.
Parisa Pirooz, 2017 Ansari Fellow, International Center for Not-For-Profit Law
To achieve our mission, we need you. We need your ideas, your partnership, and your leadership to help give rise to an unprecedented generation of young Iranian-American leaders in public service.
apply for a fellowship
Are you a young change-maker with a commitment to improving the lives of others? Apply today.
join our network
We're building out a network of Iranian-Americans who work in politics. If that is you or someone you know, let us know.
partner with us
Are you an individual or organization working on similar issues? We would love to explore collaboration opportunities.