Call for Applications: Studying Public Opinion in the Contemporary Middle East: Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices

“Studying Public Opinion in the Contemporary Middle East: Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices”
June 12-17, 2022 – Amman, Jordan
Application deadline: Sunday February 13, 2022


The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in a 1-week in-person workshop in summer 2022. Organized in partnership with Al Mustakilla (IIACSS), NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions, and the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan, the workshop will be held from June 12-17 in Amman and will bring together up to 20 qualified applicants. Following their full participation in the workshop, all fellows will receive a three-year membership to APSA. A select group of fellows will be invited to present their research at the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting in Montreal.


 Eligible Participants 

We welcome applicants who meet both of the following eligibility criteria: 

  1. 1. Residency requirement: Applicants must be either: a. Arab MENA Citizen: Citizens or residents of Arab MENA countries regardless of their current affiliation or residence. 
  2. b. Arab MENA Resident: Students/scholars who are not citizens of an Arab MENA country but currently residing in the region to study, conduct research, and/or teach at an academic institution. 


2. Academic status requirement: Applicants must be graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or junior faculty members (within five years of having received their PhD). 

The program is open to scholars in political science and other social science disciplines undertaking research related to the workshop theme (as described below). Scholars should apply with a research project in progress that they will discuss at the workshop. Professional fluency in English is required. 


Workshop Theme
The workshop will be led by Mujtaba Isani (King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia), Karl Kaltenthaler (University of Akron, USA), Yuree Noh (Rhode Island College, USA), and Daniel Silverman (Carnegie Mellon University, USA). Together with selected workshop fellows, co-leaders will discuss the growing body of research that use surveys, experiments, and/or focus groups to understand what MENA populations think and want on a wide range of issues, from gender to conflict to religion to democracy. The workshop will spotlight growing areas of MENA public opinion research, such as attitudes toward gender rights, rebel governance, and more, as well as methodological best practices and techniques designed to meet the increasing practical (instability and public health) challenges facing researchers on the ground.