Fellowship Research Grants Program Inequality, Mobility and Development in the Arab Region

at Arab Council for the Social Sciences in Tunisia

Deadline for Submission: 1 March 2014

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to announce the second round of its Research Grants Program competition on the theme of “Inequality, Mobility and Development in the Arab Region.” The ACSS Research Grants Program (RGP) is a funding opportunity that aims to support research across disciplinary boundaries and methodological traditions on key themes of concern to the Arab region.

This competition is funded by a grant provided to ACSS by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Grants will be available to both individual researchers (up to USD $20.000) and teams of researchers (up to USD $50.000) from the Arab region, whether currently resident in or outside the region, and whose research focuses primarily on Arab societies. Grants are intended to support a maximum time-line of 24 months.

Theme of the Competition

The theme of the competition for 2013-2016 is Inequality, Mobility and Development in the Arab Region. The competition aims at canvassing a broad range of research proposals from across the different countries and localities of the region. Proposals may focus on any of the three sub-themes of (1) inequality; (2) mobility; (3) development, but the most competitive proposals will be those that examine linkages across at least two of these themes. We also encourage comparative studies that look at more than one country or location in the region. While the focus of the theme is largely contemporary, historical studies that examine these processes over the long term are also welcome. Quantitative as well as qualitative projects are eligible and mixed-methods, as well as interdisciplinary, approaches are encouraged. Finally, successful proposals will also critically examine whether current social science frameworks are adequate to conceptualize and empirically study these issues in the Arab region and suggest new approaches and methodologies.

Eligibility Guidelines

_ Nationality_

o Researchers from, and currently resident in, an Arab country.

o Researchers originally from an Arab country who reside outside the Arab region.

· Individuals and teams: the competition is open to both individual researchers and to teams of researchers. We encourage collaborative research, especially teams composed of researchers residing in and out of the region.

Educational Degree:

o Individual researchers in the early stages of their professional post PhD careers are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals who expect to obtain their doctorate degree by May 2014 are also eligible.

o In case of collaborative research, the team Principal Investigator must hold a PhD degree in a social science field and demonstrate successful research experience. Researchers with a master’s degree only may join research teams as co-investigators, but may not apply individually.

- Discipline: any social science field and allied fields. The core social science field includes disciplines such as anthropology, demography, economics, political science, psychology and sociology. Allied disciplines include art, architecture, geography, history, law, literature, linguistics, philosophy and public health and interdisciplinary fields include gender studies, cultural studies, media studies, development studies and urban studies. Interdisciplinary proposals and multidisciplinary collaborative proposals are encouraged.

Questions should be directed to: grants@theacss.org |For more information about ACSS, please visit: www.theacss.org

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