University of Southern California

CRCC American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

National Fellowship FAQs

When will applications for the next AMCLI National Fellowship be available?
The AMCLI National Fellowship is not offered at this time.

Is AMCLI Regional different from the AMCLI National program?
The AMCLI regional program is a condensed version of the National Program. AMCLI has put its National program on hold, while it invests its resources into the Regional programs.


AMCLI Regional Program FAQs

When will applications for the next AMCLI_Regional program be available?
How much time does the application require?
How long are the AMCLI_Regional programs?
What are the program dates?
What are all the deadlines involved in applying?
Who is eligible to participate?
What does the program cost?
Is the program fee a tuition fee for tax purposes?
I was not accepted last year. May I resubmit the same application?
Does a request for an interview mean I am or am not advancing in the application process?
Are travel costs covered?
Are all the retreat sessions mandatory?
Are the retreat evenings unscheduled?
Do I need a BA or advanced degree to participate?
Who are the AMCLI trainers and presenters?
What books and materials are required reading?
Do I need to bring a laptop computer?
What is the dress code?
Where will participants stay and will participants have a roommate?
How are prayers handled?

When will applications for the next AMCLI Regional program be available?
Applications will be available the end of July 2014.

How much time does the application require?
Please make sure to allocate sufficient time to complete the application. This is not an application you can successfully complete the night before it is due. Therefore, we recommend you start the application early. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Request an application once the process has been opened (end of July) so you can review all of the components required and get started early. Following your request, you will receive an e-mail with a unique link to your online application. This link will enable you to complete your application at your own pace, allowing you to exit and reenter your application without losing your entries.

Tip: To get a head start, complete the short essay questions listed in the Application Section in a word processing program, then cut and paste each answer into the online application form (750 word max per question) once you receive it.

How long are the AMCLI_Regional programs?
The program will convene over the course of four days (Thursday afternoon-Sunday afternoon).

What are the program dates?

Visit the Regional Application Page.


If I’m accepted, what is the deadline to confirm my acceptance and what is required?

Visit the Regional Application Page.

Who is eligible to participate?
AMCLI is open to applicants who:

  • Are committed to civic engagement in the American Muslim community
  • Hold a position within a non profit organization, government, network, media, or faith institution (paid/unpaid)
  • Are committed to advancing their community rather than simply advancing their personal platform
  • Are proficient in written and spoken English
  • Are at least 25 years of age
  • Pay a non-refundable program fee of $150(cashier’s check/money order, or credit card ONLY). Applicants may apply for a scholarship rate of $75 based on need.

Midwest Regional: AMCLI encourages (but is not limited to) applicants from Illinois and surrounding states.

West Coast Regional: AMCLI encourages (but is not limited to) applicants from California and surrounding states.

South Regional: AMCLI encourages (but is not limited to) applicants from Texas and surrounding states.


What does the program cost?

Accepted applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $150 program fee to secure their place in the program. Credit card, money orders and cashier’s checks only.

Through the generous support of our funders, AMCLI is able to underwrite the remaining program fee for the program. The average cost per fellow for training, accommodations, meals, and materials is $1,500.

Is the program fee a tuition fee for tax purposes?
No.

I was not accepted last year. May I resubmit the same application?
You are welcome to reapply, but a new application is required. The application form, essay questions, and recommendation letter requirements are slightly different for this year's program. You are welcome to incorporate content from previous applications, if applicable, but you must follow the current guidelines provided to submit a new application. In the past, we have accepted applicants who have applied and were not accepted in previous years.

Does a request for an interview mean I am or am not advancing in the application process?
No. AMCLI may elect to conduct phone, video, or in-person interviews with applicants to obtain more information. Interviews do not indicate whether an individual has advanced in the application process. They are intended to gather additional information.

Are travel costs covered?
No.

Are all the retreat sessions mandatory? 
Yes, all sessions are mandatory. The retreats are intensive programs with sessions, exercises, and conversations that build upon each other, thus it is crucial that fellows be present and engaged throughout.

Are the retreat evenings unscheduled?
The retreats are intensive programs and most evenings are scheduled with sessions. Fellows will receive an agenda within a month before each retreat.

Do I need a BA or advanced degree to participate?
There are no degree requirements for the program, but a command of spoken and written English is necessary for full participation.

Who are the AMCLI trainers and presenters?
AMCLI trainers and presenters include scholars, experts, and practitioners from across the country in the areas of Islamic theology, civic participation, and a range of skill-building and team-building topics. AMCLI staff have identified leading experts from within the host institutions, as well as from other universities and organizations across the country.

What books and materials are required reading?
Participants will be notified via email of any reading assignments in advance of the program.

Do I need to bring a laptop computer?
We do not encourage use of laptops during AMCLI sessions.

What is the dress code?
Attire should be comfortable and casual. Participants will be notified when more formal attire is required.

Where will participants stay and will participants have a roommate?
Participants will be provided with accommodations. Participants will share a room with participants of the same sex. If a participant prefers to have their own room, they will need to make a request to AMCLI and if approved will need to book and pay out of pocket for the full cost of a private room where the group is housed.

How are prayers handled?

The programs incorporate regular breaks that coincide with prayer times for those observing. Space for prayer is provided at each retreat. All prayers are self-organized, optional, and intended to be inclusive of the diversity of the AMCLI participants.

Additional Questions
Please carefully review this page and the Application page for information about the AMCLI Regional application process and program.

If you have any questions remaining, please feel free to email us at amcli@usc.edu and include your full name and phone number.