APSA Short Course for Early Career Scholars from Lower & Middle-income Countries (Fully-funded to Boston, MA)

APSA Short Course for Early Career Scholars from Lower & Middle-income Countries (Fully-funded to Boston, MA)

Deadline: March 30, 2018

The American Political Science Association (APSA) invites applications from early-career scholars based in lower and middle-income countries who are interested in attending the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting as part of a Research Development Group. The Research Development Group will be a unique opportunity to advance current research towards publication, participate in the APSA annual meeting, and develop scholarly networks with colleagues.

At this year’s APSA annual meeting, the Comparative Democratization Section will be hosting a research development group for early-career scholars based outside of the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe. The APSA Comparative Democratization Research Development Group provides an opportunity for early career scholars to advance current research towards publication, participate in the APSA Annual Meeting, and develop scholarly networks with colleagues. The program will take place concurrently with the APSA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA from August 29 to September 2, 2018.

Prior to the start of the annual meeting (on August 29), group participants will attend a 1-day seminar to discuss and receive critical feedback on an article-length manuscript in progress. Papers will be circulated in advance of the seminar to allow time for thorough reading by all participants and facilitators. In addition to focused discussions on each paper, the seminar will address strategies and advice for publishing in peer-reviewed international journals. Over the next several days, participants will be expected to attend panels of interest and enjoy the Annual Meeting program. Comparative Democratization Section officers and facilitators will assist participants in developing personalized schedules to promote linkages with different organized sections, related groups, and other scholars.


Up to six applicants will be selected.

Participants will eligible to apply for an APSA Travel Grant of up to $1,000 to support travel and accommodation expenses. The Comparative Democratization section will assist with supporting this application, due in April, 2018.


  • Participation in the Research Development Group is open to early-career scholars who currently lack the institutional support to attend the APSA annual meeting
  • Applicants must be based at a university or research institute outside of the United States, Canada, or Europe.
  • Applicants must be working on an article-length research project that is at a stage of development which would benefit from intense discussion and critique.
  • All research on Comparative Democratization within political science research will be considered, including studies of authoritarian regimes and all forms of regime transition.
  • The manuscript should be intended for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal (drafts which are intended for dissertation chapters or white papers will not be accepted).
  • Research should not be part of a co-authored project, nor should it be an excerpt from an already completed work.


Applications must be in English and include:

  1. The completed online Application Form
  2. A detailed, recent Curriculum Vitae/resume (via email to [email protected]).
  3. The 5,000-8,000 word (including abstract, not including references) research manuscript that will be brought to the seminar for discussion. (via email).
  4. A list of 3-5 scholars you would like to have discuss your paper

To be considered for participation, please complete the form and email the two necessary items (CV and research manuscript) by March 30, 2018.

Selected applicants will be notified of their invitation the following week. Subsequently, the deadline to apply for a Travel Grant will be in April.

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