About the Project


The American Political Science Association’s MENA Program is a multi-year effort to support political science research and networking among early-career scholars across in the Arab Middle East and North Africa. Through a series of workshops, departmental collaborations, research grants, and other opportunities, the program extends APSA’s engagement with the international political science community and strengthens research networks linking American scholars with colleagues overseas. The goal of APSA’s MENA Workshops is to enhance the capacities and resources of political scientists in the Arab MENA region, while also providing a forum for supporting their ongoing research.

Generously funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York through 2022, APSA’s MENA Workshops are an annual fellowship opportunity for PhD students and early-career political science faculty from the Arab MENA region. Working with regional host universities and other partners, APSA organizes a program of week-long workshops that bring together approximately 20 scholars for training in basic research skills and to foster regional and international collaboration. Each workshop is dedicated to a substantive issue in political science, with a unique program of lectures, discussions, topical presentations and debates, guest speakers, peer review sessions, professional development seminars, and local field trips. Throughout the 5-month program, fellows present and refine manuscripts for publication and build professional connections with other scholars.

The program is open to PhD candidates and early-career faculty from universities and/or research institutions across the Arab Middle East and North Africa region, defined as Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Steering Committee and Staff
The MENA Workshops program is managed by APSA’s department of International Programs, with support and guidance from the MENA Project Steering Committee.

APSA Staff:

  • Andrew Stinson – Director, International Programs
  • Dana El-Issa – Manager, MENA Programs

MENA Project Steering Committee:

  • Abdulkhaleq Abdulla – UAE
  • Mustapha Al-Sayyid – Cairo University
  • Lisa Anderson – Columbia University (chair)
  • Matthew Nelson – University of London, SOAS
  • Amaney Jamal – Princeton University
  • Steven Rathgeb Smith – APSA Executive Director
  • Bassel Salloukh – Lebanese American University

Contact Us
For more information regarding the APSA MENA Workshops, please contact menaworkshops@apsanet.org.