Arab Council for the Social Sciences Small Grants Program 2017

Arab Council for the Social Sciences Small Grants Program 2017

Deadline: November 3, 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.


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:

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


  • 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.
  • 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 Process

Applicants are required to submit both an online application and supporting documents depending on the type of funding requested. Application materials can be submitted in Arabic, French or English. Only completed applications will be examined by the Selection Committee. While the selection committee endeavors to make timely decisions on applications to ensure that successful applications receive their funding expeditiously, they expect applications submitted to be complete and thorough.
A complete application will include:

For more information, visit ACSS Small Grants Program.