2018 Workshops


Call for Proposals
Deadline: Sunday October 29, 2017

APSA welcomes proposals from political scientists interested in serving as co-leaders for the 5th annual MENA Workshop program. The 2018 program will be conducted as a series of two one-week sessions (held in the spring and fall) linked by a 3-4 month break for writing, research, and manuscript revision.

Workshops are led by a team of two scholars based at universities in the MENA region and two scholars based in the US or Europe. Co-leaders serve as academic directors of the program and are responsible for identifying universities or research institutes in the MENA region to host the workshops, preparing a unique syllabus with readings and discussion sessions, and providing detailed feedback on participants’ research. Program administration and logistics will be led by APSA staff in conjunction with local host partners. An honorarium will be provided and related expenses (meals, transportation, and lodging) will be covered.

Participants will include approximately twenty competitively-selected PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers from across the MENA region. The working language of the program is English.

Application Instructions and Criteria

Workshop proposals should be submitted jointly by four co-leaders (two MENA-based and two US/Europe-based). Leadership teams should include both women and men. Teams may include a combination of junior (assistant professor) and senior scholars (associate or full professor); however, must include at least one senior scholar with experience advising PhD candidates. Proposals should explain the scope of the professional ties between workshop co-leaders, with preference given to teams demonstrating previous collaboration.

Workshop proposals should specify, with justification, where the workshops will take place and with which host organizations. Strong preference will be given to proposals that include the MENA-based co-leaders’ institutions as host organizations. Local partners must present a welcoming environment for social science research and have the institutional capacity to support a successful residential workshop, including close linkages to local institutions of higher education and research communities.

For detailed application instructions please download the Call for Leadership Proposals. Prospective leaders interested in discussing their ideas and/or receiving feedback on a draft proposal are encouraged to reach out to APSA well before the deadline.

Proposals should be submitted via the online form no later than Sunday October 29, 2017. Attachments should be in Microsoft Word format, 12-point font, and double-spaced. Team selection will be announced in December 2018. Send an email to menaworkshops@apsanet.org if you have questions or would like more information about the workshops and/or application process.