FAQs

When and Where will the World Congress take place?

The World Congress will take place 21-24 April. The program of events, panels, and workshops will be publicized very soon, so stay tuned! The event will be held at the campus of the Central European University in Vienna (Sonnwendviertel).

Where can I register for the World Congress?

In order to register for the event, an IAPSS membership is required. Make sure this step is complete, and then you will be able to purchase a ticket to the event through the IAPSS webstore. If you are experiencing issues with this, email worldcongress@iapss.org .

How much does it cost to attend the conference (membership, ticket, housing, food, etc.)?

In order to attend the IAPSS World Congress, you need to:
  1. Become an IAPSS Membership for 10-15 EUR here: www.iapss.org/iapss-store/ 
  2. Get your Congress ticket for 89 EUR here:www.iapss.org/iapss-store/ 
The prices of housing and food depend upon your needs and expectations. Our team estimates that a four-nights stay in a hostel with food over the course of the whole World Congress could approximately cost 300 EUR. 
For further information on estimated  living costs in Vienna, please check out this website: www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Vienna 

Is there a scholarship / travel grant?

Yes, there will be opportunities to receive funding. However, as a non-profit organization we cannot provide full-coverage funding for travel and accommodation costs.  
Please note that all grants are handed out upon the condition of successful accomplishment of the paper presentation. If you wish to apply for either a scholarship or a travel grant, please choose the respective option when submitting your information to the form, which is linked below. 
Please note that both IAPSS Scholarships and IAPSS Travel Grants are competitive and the travel grants usually only cover a part of individual travel costs. We therefore encourage you to search for other third-party funds at an early stage. To apply for a grant or scholarship to participate in the World Congress, click here. The deadline to apply for a scholarship grant is 12 April.
IAPSS Scholarships – special grants awarded to a maximum of five students who demonstrate both academic excellence and pressing financial need, covering expenses up to 150 € each.
IAPSS Travel Grants – a limited number of partial grants distributed on the basis of academic merit and financial needs, covering expenses up to 100 € each.

Which hotels and places can I stay at?

We will compose and post a list of recommended housing places for you to stay in the coming weeks. Please check the hostels and Airbnbs around the CEU campus in Vienna (Sonnwendviertel) for affordable accommodation options. 

Are there any fellowships or scholarship programs you would recommend?

We recommend you to contact your university department or faculty to inform them about your participation at the IAPSS World Congress and the unique platform it provided you for networking with other students and junior scholars as a representative of your respective university.  In the past, we had participants that were “sponsored” by their institution. Moreover, we encourage you to check out websites that summarize grant/scholarship opportunities, one example is www.iyfnet.org/. Lastly, we recommend telling your friends and family about your participation at an academic conference in Vienna, maybe they can financially support you as well. 

Does the ticket cover housing and transportation?
No, the ticket only covers the participation at the Congress, which includes, amongst others: 

  • Access to over 25 panel sessions 
  • Study trips to renowned  institutions in Vienna 
  • Interactive workshops given by academics and professionals with a background to political science 
  •  Keynotes and panel sessions by well-known scholars
  • Coffee-breaks and snacks 
  • Welcome reception and social events 

Can I submit a paper if it has previously been published?

Yes, there is no restriction to paper submission. IAPSS will not claim any right to your paper or draft that you plan to present during the  World Congress. 

Can I present at the conference with me and my co-author?

Yes, it is possible to present a paper with co-authors. However, we want to highlight that each author needs an individual ticket to the World Congress. This means that both you and the co-author of your paper will need to separately become IAPSS members and purchase a Congress ticket respectively. 

I I haven’t received any email on my paper. Should I assume that my paper has been rejected?

We send out acceptances, conditional acceptances, and rejection emails, so if you haven’t received an email about your proposal after the date we say you should hear from us, please contact wcadminassistant@iapss.org

How long should the paper be? What’s the format of the paper?

The paper should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words. For further requirements on the paper submission  please check here.

Is it possible to participate as a panel chair or discussant?

Yes! Serving as a panel chair and/or discussant is an opportunity to enhance your academic experience, and these positions are crucial for the best reciprocal outcome of the conference, as you will be giving our panelists valuable feedback on their work. You will also gain experience on reviewing papers as well as being part of an academic panel. The application will be open until 18 April, 2020, and you must purchase a ticket for the World Congress to be considered for one of these positions. You will be informed about our choice shortly afterwards. To apply for panel chairs and discussants, click here.

What is expected of the panel chairs and discussants?

As a panel chair you are expected to:
  • Read the papers in your panel carefully and prepare thoughtful questions.
  • Start and keep your panel on time.
  • Take and manage questions from the audience directed to panelists.
  • Keep audience questions on topic.
As a discussant you are expected to:
  • Carefully read the papers that you are assigned and be prepared to discuss their contributions, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Be prepared to discuss your reactions to the papers and why, answering such questions as what the author can improve.
  • Be prepared to stimulate conversation among the audience by posing questions for discussion.

I need a visa to attend the World Congress. Where should I start? Where can I get a letter of invitation for the visa process?

After you have completed registration for the World Congress, email wcadminassistant@iapss.org  to obtain a letter of invitation.

My abstract was accepted by the World Congress Abstract Committee, and I need a letter of acceptance to show my university and/or employer.

Contact wcadminassistant@iapss.org for a copy of your acceptance letter.

I want to participate at the IAPSS World Congress, but missed the abstract submission deadline? Can I participate as an observer?

Yes! We are very happy to welcome participants that wish to participate as an observer. You will have access to the same program points as panelists have and are entitled to participate in workshops and study visits. Please purchase your observer ticket in our webshop. 

My abstract was accepted by the World Congress Abstract Committee – what is the deadline for submitting the paper and where can I find paper requirements?

The deadline to submit your paper is 31 March. The paper submission requirements can be found here.