Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) Small Grants Program 2017 for Scholars & Professionals from MENA Region.

Application Deadline:

Round
Application Deadline
Applicant Notified by
Funds Disbursed by
1
Friday, February 3, 2017
End of February 2017
Mid-March 2017
2
Friday, May 5, 2017
End of May 2017
Mid-June 2017
3
Friday, August 4, 2017
End of August 2017
Mid-September 2017
4
Friday, November 3, 2017
End of November 2017
Mid-December 2017
The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to announce the first cycle of its Small Grants Program on the themes of “Youth” and “Spatial Inequalities.” The ACSS Small Grants Program (SGP) is a funding opportunity that aims to support scholars and professionals in the Arab region undertaking four kinds of activities: conference presentations, internships, research on small-scale projects, and organizing workshops.

This competition is funded by grants provided to ACSS by the Ford Foundation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Small grants averaging $4,000 will be available to individual Arab researchers and activists residing in the Arab region, whose work focuses on Arab societies. Grants are intended to provide support in a flexible and timely manner.

Program Activities

The aim of the program is to provide small amounts of funding ($4000 average) in a timely manner. The program funds four kinds of activities:

  1. Travel grants (to present at/participate in a conference or attend a training workshop)
  2. Internship support
  3. Research funding (for small-scale pilot studies or dissemination of findings)
  4. Organizing workshops

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nationality/Residence
Applicants must be citizens of an Arab country (defined as a member of the League of Arab States) or nationals of an Arab country (defined as long-term residents, even if they do not hold citizenship as in the case of refugees or stateless residents) and must reside in the Arab region.
This program does not fund scholars/activists who reside and/or work/study outside the region. Priority will be given to scholars and activists who are marginalized, at risk, or dispossessed. Applications are particularly encouraged from those under the age of 40.
  • Educational Degree
Applicants must hold at least a Master’s degree in a core social science or allied field. The core social science fields include anthropology, demography, economics, education, history, political science, psychology and sociology. Allied disciplines include art, architecture and urban planning, geography, law, literature, linguistics, philosophy and public health and interdisciplinary fields include gender studies, cultural studies, media studies, development studies and urban studies.
Application Procedure:
A complete application will include:
  • Online application form
  • Supplemental material specific to your particular funding request (see below)
  • CV/Resume of applicant
  • Copy of passport or identification card
Application Deadlines
The Committee will meet four times per year to review applications.
Round
Application Deadline
Applicant Notified by
Funds Disbursed by
1
Friday, February 3, 2017
End of February 2017
Mid-March 2017
2
Friday, May 5, 2017
End of May 2017
Mid-June 2017
3
Friday, August 4, 2017
End of August 2017
Mid-September 2017
4
Friday, November 3, 2017
End of November 2017
Mid-December 2017
Selection Process
A selection committee composed of distinguished Arab scholars and activists in the region will look carefully at each proposal and evaluate it on its own merits. In addition to determining the relevance of the proposal to the theme(s) of the Program, the selection committee will use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:
  • Travel Grants: Quality of paper/presentation, Academic/professional value of conference
  • Internships: Design of internship, Quality of learning outcomes, Relationship between internship and professional goals of applicant
  • Research Funding: Innovative approaches to research, contribution to knowledge, proposed outputs, potential of the research to lead to larger research projects and new collaborations
  • Workshops: Rationale for holding the event including its relationship to ongoing research/activism projects, well thought out criteria for participants invited and audiences targeted, presentation methods and organization of discussions, clear aims and outcomes

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) Small Grants Program 2017

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