Alumni Grants


Since 2014, APSA has awarded over $157,000 in small grants through the MENA Workshop Professional Development Grants program. Made possible by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the grants program is an effort to support the continued professional development of workshop alumni, facilitate networking, and encourage collaboration with scholars and institutions across the MENA region.

The next deadline for the grants will be Sunday October 17, 2021. See the Call for Applications for detailed information before applying through the Online Form. Applicants are encouraged to e-mail in advance of the deadline with questions and/or a draft proposal for review.

APSA offers the following two types of grants to MENA Workshops alumni:

Individual Research Grants: These research grants aim to support MENA Workshop alumni with their current and on-going work. Up to $1,000 per participant is available to alumni of the present year’s workshop program only. Funding can be used to support individuals conducting field research, or presenting at a regional academic conference, workshop or symposium relevant to their current research. The field research and/or conference must take place in the Arab Middle East & North African states, and preferably in coordination with a university, research institute, or scholarly association. Applications will be reviewed by the APSA staff and approved by the MENA Steering Committee. Applications which outline concrete steps for incorporating feedback from the workshop or conference and preparing their presentation for submission to a peer reviewed outlet (or, for PhD students, inclusion of the paper as a part of the doctoral thesis/dissertation) will be given preference.

Collaborative Grants: Collaborative grants aim to foster alumni-initiated academic opportunities that encourage scholarly activity with other researchers, institutions, and networks in the Arab MENA countries. Grants of up to $6,000 (contingent on funding availability) will be made to support individuals or small teams of alumni interested in hosting a mini-workshop or short course at a university or research institute in the Arab MENA region. Applicants should develop a proposal, with the support of a host institution, to bring together scholars for a specific academic program. Examples may include: a writing workshop for scholars preparing a manuscript for publication; a seminar for recent PhD graduates and young lecturers on teaching best practices or preparation of course materials; a ‘master class’ where young scholars work together with a senior scholar to examine an aspect of pedagogy or research methodology; a panel presentation on a topical theme in political science; or activities to develop a code of ethics or other professional/scholarly materials. The grant is available to all alumni; however at least one member of the applicant team should be affiliated with the host institution. Applications will be reviewed by APSA staff and approved by the MENA Steering Committee.