In December 2011, ARI launched the Arab Research Support Programme (ARSP), which aimed to promote through financial grants quality research in Arab countries in order to guide policy debates and empower individuals and new institutions. Renewed for a second round (2014-2016), ARSP has expanded in scope. In addition to offering funds for scholars from the region, ARSP II also provides guidance for current students and new graduates through a mentor programme and a week-long training session on theory and methods. The programme hosts an online platform for academic debate between participants and mentors, and has produced an e-curriculum providing annotated bibliographies related to a variety of subfields in the social sciences.
The ARSP II supports 56 scholars from across the Arab world and gives priority to innovative, evidence-based research related to the democratic transitions in the region. The main themes covered in the programme are:
- Institutional reform of state agencies in the Arab region
- The new women’s mobilisation and processes of national and regional diffusion
- The processes and actors of the democratic transition
- Security in the context of transition and conflict
- Social movements and demands, and contentious politics in the region
Dina El Khawaga, ARI Programme Director, leads this project assisted by Nafissa El Souri, ARI Programme and Research Assistant.
As part of the Arab Research Support Programme, ARI organized a week-long training workshop in Beirut from March 18 to March 23, 2015.