The SSRC MENA Program has begun a two-year project on Higher Education and Social Inequality: Models, Tools and Transfers in Comparative Perspective (the U.S. and Egypt). Funded by the Ford Foundation, the project proposes to train a cohort of Egyptian junior scholars to pursue scholarly and policy research in the field of higher education, as related to issues of social inequality as well as equity and access to education. The training will comprise a mixture of modalities, from small training workshops, to an 8-week study stay at New York University/SSRC, to individual mentoring and conference participation. The project also aims at developing a model for a successful mentorship program that brings together senior and junior researchers, encourages collaboration and teamwork, and builds bridges between policy and research in higher education. The project hopes to lay the groundwork for future U.S./Egyptian collaboration in the field of higher education.