Collaborating with University Departments across the MENA Region

Political Science and related departments, at both public and private universities across the Middle East and North Africa, are an important and primary source of support for PhD students and faculty. APSA seeks to partner with motivated departments in offering enhanced support to graduate students and faculty across core functional areas such as research, grants, publications, and teaching. By expanding networks and maximizing resources, we envision a multi-year collaboration between APSA and university departments to explore opportunities for program growth and foster excellence. 

Through a Call for Proposal (CFP) process, APSA will award grants of up $10,000 for project activities through 2021. The CFP is aimed at departments of political science at universities in the Arab MENA region. Related social science departments and interdisciplinary programs (such as those with a focus on public law, international studies, diplomacy, etc.), as well as university-affiliated research centers, are also welcome to take part in the initiative. University departments based outside the MENA-region that are interested in engaging with partners in the MENA region are similarly encouraged to join the initiative.

Interested departments should first download the Call for Proposals. For more formation on APSA’s MENA Program, questions on institutional eligibility, or to discuss project ideas in greater detail, please contact

Initial applications should be submitted through the online form and consist of the following materials:

  • Departmental questionnaire (follow this link to access the questionnaire)
  • Preliminary concept note (2-3 pages) that describes a current challenge or opportunity faced by graduate students or faculty in the department and a suggested project or program to address this issue. Describe project objectives, the activities to be undertaken, and how APSA can support the project. If financial support is requested, describe what resources may already exist to support the project and provide a draft budget for requested funding. [Note: APSA staff will work with selected applicants to refine project scope and confirm a project budget; the concept note submitted here will be a first step in this process. Project budgets should not exceed $6,000, though additional funding may be available for multiple and/or multi-year projects.]
  • Support letter signed by the Dean of the School, Chair of the Department, or head of the research center, identifying a faculty leader as point of contact for the project.