The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals from political scientists interested in serving as co-leaders for the 7th annual MENA Workshop program. Pending availability of funding, the 2020 program will be conducted as a 7-day workshop held at a university or research institute in the Arab MENA region in the spring or summer of 2020, followed by related programming at the APSA Annual Meeting in September 2020. For a full description of the program and application process, see the project website.
Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the MENA Workshops are a multi-year effort to support political science research and networking among early-career scholars across the region. The workshops extend APSA’s engagement with the international political science community and strengthen efforts to support research networks with colleagues in the Arab MENA region.
Workshops are led by a team of two scholars based at universities in the Arab World 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 Arab-MENA region to host the workshop, preparing a unique syllabus with readings and discussion sessions, and providing detailed feedback on participants’ research. Co-leaders will review applications and invite up to twenty PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers from across the Arab world to participate as fellows. In addition to planning and moderating the 7-day workshop, co-leaders will select a small group of fellows to present their research at the 2020 APSA annual meeting and help moderate related programming at the conference. Program administration and logistics will be led by APSA staff in conjunction with local host partners. An honorarium will be provided and related expenses (transportation and lodging) will be covered.
Workshop proposals should be submitted jointly by the four co-leaders (two Arab-based and two US or Europe-based scholars). Leadership teams 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. Proposals should be submitted via this online form no later than Thursday October 31, 2019.
Prospective leaders can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have questions or would like to discuss their proposal ideas and/or receiving feedback on a draft proposal before the deadline.