2015 Workshop

2015 APSA Africa Workshop

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals from political scientists interested in serving as co-leaders for the 8th annual APSA Africa Workshop. This two-week political science workshop will take place in July 2015, and will conclude an eight-year effort to support political science research and teaching in Sub-Saharan Africa through a series of residential political science workshops.

Each workshop is led by a team of two US-based and two Africa-based scholars, and hosted by a university or research institute in Africa. These co-leaders serve as academic directors of the project who will be responsible for all substantive content. Administration and logistics will be led by APSA staff in conjunction with the local partners in Africa. Co-leaders receive a modest honorarium will be provided and related expenses (meals, airfare, lodging, incidentals) will be covered. 

Prospective co-leaders interesting in putting forward a proposal should should review the 'Workshop Proceedings' documents from past workshops (found on this website), download the Application Instructions.pdf, and contact Andrew Stinson (at africaworkshops@apsanet.org) for additional information. The deadline for proposals is November 9, 2014.


Application Instructions:

Proposal should be submitted jointly by the US and Africa-based workshop co-leaders, with preference given to teams demonstrating substantial previous scholarly collaboration. Teams should consist of at least one senior scholar and at least one scholar based at the proposed host institution. Applicants should explain and justify where they would like to implement the workshop and with which host organization and local partners. Local partner organizations will be expected to work closely with APSA on all related administrative and logistical tasks. Partners must have the institutional capacity and ability to support a successful residential workshop, including close linkages to local institutions of higher education and research communities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to recommend local partner organizations only if they have existing relationships or know them well. Proposals should be submitted according to the following guidelines: 

Section I.      Workshop Theme Proposal (1-2 pages)

The workshop theme proposal should provide a coherent intellectual foundation from which the substance of the workshop will flow and bind together the syllabus and readings. Any research or substantive theme in political science is welcome, but topics of broad theoretical and methodological interest that reach beyond a specific national, regional, or policy focus are preferred. The proposal should address how the theme and methodological questions to be raised will achieve workshop goals and incorporate new developments in the field and literature.

Section II.      Substantive Leadership of the Workshop (4-5 pages)

In this section, applicants must provide detailed information on the following:

• Naming the two Africa-based co-leaders (at least one of whom must be based at the proposed institutional

• Specifying the division of labor among workshop leaders. For example, which leaders are to assume responsibility
for particular sections and why? How does that arrangement fit with the overall workshop progression and theme?

• Proposed location and institutional partner—including: 
o specification of a workshop location and local partner organization
o rationale for workshop location
o overview of recommended local partner organization and relevant background
o specification of institutional capacity of recommended local partner organization to host, support, and
organize residential workshop for 30 participants—including facilities, staff, and technology
o explanation of existing ties to and knowledge of local partner organization

• Expectations of participant workloads—including:
o anticipated amounts of reading and other course work
o outline for how participant manuscript presentations, feedback reviews, and next steps towards
publication will be incorporated into the workshop program  

• Commitment to the collective intellectual leadership of the workshop—including devoting sufficient time for:
o comprehensively reviewing all participant applications
o attending weeks of the workshop in residence
o providing detailed feedback on participant manuscripts (during the workshop)
o consulting regularly with APSA staff from selection through the end of the workshop
o communicating with applicants in the run-up to the workshop as needed
o contributing to the publication of the online workshop proceedings

Section III.      Supplementary Information (no page limit)

This section of the application should provide:

• Recent CVs for all proposed workshop leaders.
• A discussion of any relevant experience in organizing workshops.
• A draft reading list/syllabus and/or workshop schedule (optional)
• A letter of support from the proposed institutional partner (optional) 

Application Timeline and Information:
Applications should be submitted electronically to APSA in Word format, 12-point font, double-spaced (except for Section III –Supplementary Information– which can be single spaced) and with 1-inch margins. Send applications to africaworkshops@apsanet.org by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 9, 2014. Selections will be announced in December 2014. Prospective leadership teams interested in receiving feedback on their proposal ideas are encouraged to reach out to APSA well before the submission deadline.    

Contact Us: Send an email at africaworkshops@apsanet.org, or call Andrew Stinson at (443) 223-5575, if you have questions or would like more information about the workshops or application process.