Nada Elshabrawy Wins Harriott Fellowship

Nada Elshabrawy has been awarded UConn’s Harriott Fellowship for outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to doctoral programs at the University of Connecticut.  Recipients of these fellowship represent the very best applicants to graduate programs at the University. Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.  Nada will be taking up the PhD fellowship in the fall of 2024.

In the spring of 2024, Nada will be completing her master’s degree in French and Francophone studies. Her academic journey has been marked by a profound exploration of identity politics within the realms of French and Arabic literature. Nada’s research delves into the intricate intersections of cultural and linguistic identities, weaving together the diverse narratives in the French-speaking world.

Born in Egypt in 1995, Nada received her B.A in Law from Mansoura University, and has garnered significant recognition for her creative endeavors. Her YouTube channel, boasting 150k subscribers, serves as a platform where she influences Arabic readers with her insightful content. In 2019, she expanded her reach by launching a literary podcast, further establishing herself as a voice in the literary community.

Nada’s literary prowess has been celebrated through numerous accolades. In 2020, her poetry collection “An Almost Fallen Heart” clinched a renowned poetry award, setting the stage for her subsequent success. In 2021, she followed this triumph with her second collection, “Curses,” which reinforced her poetic excellence and secured the same prestigious prize in 2022.

Beyond the realm of literature, Nada has extended her artistic contributions to the Arab music scene, collaborating as a lyricist. Her impact on the entertainment industry increased in 2022 when she created the children’s TV show “Almaktaba.” Currently gearing up for the third season, scheduled to commence filming in June 2024, Nada continues to demonstrate her versatility and commitment to inspiring audiences of all ages.

In addition to her accomplishments, Nada has an extensive background in the publishing and bookstore sectors in the Arab world. Between 2017 and 2022, she actively contributed to these sectors, participating in fellowships and programs in France, Turkey, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. This rich period of experience has undoubtedly enriched her understanding of the literary landscape and added depth to her contributions.