Arab Research Support Program

Arab Research Support Program II (2013-2014)

The Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) is a research hub that nurtures new initiatives and vibrant, theme-focused working groups or communities of practice that seek to bridge research and policy elaboration. ARI offers funding for scholars from the Arab region through its Arab Research Support Program. The program aims to develop the research skills of the new generation of social scientists in Arab countries by offering funding for individual and collaborative research. It gives priority to innovative, evidence-based research related to the Arab democratic transitions, particularly in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria.

The Arab Reform Initiative is pleased to announce the second round of the Arab Research Support Program for citizens of Arab countries who have recently graduated from a MA or PhD program.

In its second round, ARSP seeks to provide guidance for new graduates and to help to get their work published in academic journals. The program also hopes to foster platforms for academic debate, offering opportunities for structured learning through the organization of a week-long training session on research techniques and writing skills in the field of academic and policy research. The courses will be taught by more than a dozen instructors from the region at the end of each academic year.

ARSP II Research Topics:

The program covers five major topics for publication and research proposals:

  • Institutional reform of the state agencies in the Arab region

  • The new women’s mobilization: National and regional proliferation

  • Tools and forms of political participation in the context of democratic transformation

  • Security in context of transition: Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Yemen

  • Social movements and demands and contentious politics in the region

Those interested in the project should send the following documents to ARI by April 14 , 2014:

  • Research project (5-10 pages) on one of the topics listed above

  • Detailed CV

  • Academic letters of recommendation

  • Two 2-page abstracts of articles related to the program’s research topics to be published in academic journals within the year

The preferred working language is Arabic, however proposals in English or French may also be considered.

The program’s academic committee will review proposals and will perform its selection on the basis of objective criteria previously determined by the committee.

To apply, please send the required documents to the following e-mail address: