APSA-MENA Research Development Group 2021 Call for Applications

The APSA MENA Politics Section and the Project on Middle East Political Science are pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars from the MENA region for the Research Development Group held in conjunction with the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting. The RDG will be a unique opportunity for sustained engagement on the development of a paper for publication, as well as to participate in the APSA annual meeting and develop scholarly networks with colleagues.

The 2021 RDG will take place on September 28, 2021, in advance of the APSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA; it will be in-person if possible, virtual if not.  Each accepted participant will be paired with a senior scholar mentor who will read and comment on a paper draft several months before the RDG.  The revised paper will be presented to the RDG, where it will be discussed by a second senior scholar.  The paper mentor will then work with the participant after the RDG on incorporating the feedback from the discussant and other participants and discuss journal submission strategies.

Applicants are committing to deliver an article-length research project that is at a stage of development which would benefit from rigorous discussion at the RDG seminar. All topics, subfields and methodologies within political science will be considered. The manuscript should be intended for publication as an article in a peer-reviewed academic journal.  Dissertation chapters, policy papers or argumentative essays will not be considered. Research should not be an excerpt from an already published work.

Applications must be in English and include:

    1. An academic Curriculum Vitae
    2. The completed online Application Form (Google Form available HERE) which includes the following sections:  Title, Abstract, Research Question, Methodology, Data Sources, Current Status of Paper
  • A list of 3-5 scholars you would like to have discuss your paper.

Participation in the Research Development Group is open to early-career scholars from the MENA region. This includes scholars who are currently based in the MENA region and scholars from MENA countries who are currently based at universities abroad. Up to four applicants will be selected and will be eligible to receive an APSA Travel Grant of up to $1,000 to support travel and accommodation expenses (if the conference is in-person).

The deadline to submit applications for the 2021 Research Development Group is March 1, 2021. Upon acceptance, the deadline to apply for an APSA Travel Grant will be in April and the deadline to submit the full paper will be September 15, 2021.  If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Prerna BalaEddy at prerna.pomeps@gmail.com
& Tessa Talebia tessa.pomeps@gmail.com.