Working to improve mutual understanding between the Middle East and the West
The Gingko Interfaith Fellowship recognizes that religion not only unites people to work together for a common good but can be used to justify violence and stand in the way of justice. Scholars who join the Gingko Interfaith Fellowship critically reflect on their own tradition and its impact. As an interreligious encounter, the Fellowship is important not only because mutual stereotypes can be reduced but because faith leaders from different traditions face similar questions and might learn from one another.
Each year there are around 20 Fellows, with roughly equal numbers from MENA and the West. Gingko recruits about 10 new Fellows each year to join the returning Fellows. Potential Fellows can apply at any time.
Fellows also gain access to the network of current and past Fellows. Gingko also hopes to hold Fellowship events at, for example, relevant academic conferences (such as BRISMES and MESA. Fellows also benefit from exclusive access to the Fellowship Collaboration Prize, which funds a collaborative project by two or more Fellows. Gingko will also give preference to applications from Fellows for its Research, Encounter and WMLM grants.
Candidates for the Fellowship can be nominated or apply to Gingko directly.