Call for Applications | Members of the IAPSS Academic Think Tank & Academic Committee

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Call for Applications | Members of the IAPSS Academic Think Tank & Academic Committee

Extended deadline for applications: 11 October 2017

Call for Applications


Members of the Academic Think Tank and the Academic Committee

of the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS)

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is recruiting members for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Think Tank (ATT), with the current topic The Dynamics of Globalization’ as part of the IAPSS annual theme ‘Diversity and Globalization’. For the first time, members of the ATT for 2017 – 2018 will also form the Academic Committee (ACOM) of the Association and will be responsible for guaranteeing the academic quality of the main IAPSS conferences in 2018 (IAPSS World Congress and IAPSS Convention).

The Theme

It can be argued that globalization is the most important change in human history (Bauman 2003). It is a complex phenomenon that has multifaceted effects on society.  As a result, globalization and its effects have been both largely praised and criticized. The ATT members of 2017/18 will use their various theoretical and methodological specializations to examine issues, debates and controversies related to the intended and (un)intended consequences of globalization. Core topics include but are not limited to:

  • Inequality and globalization,
  • the ways in which various actors (nation-states, non-state actors, and society) impact/shape globalization,
  • the rise of nationalism as an unintended consequence of globalization,
  • the role and impact of non-state actors in globalization,
  • the relationship of a country’s political structure and globalization.

Because globalization impacts several areas of society, applicants with research interests related to globalization and the political structure, environment, economy and healthcare are welcome. Various theoretical and methodological approaches are also encouraged.


We are looking for 7-8 senior graduate or postgraduate students and / or early stage researchers to work collaboratively and individually in order to strengthen the research agenda and profile of the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) and help guarantee and increase the academic quality of its high-profile conferences by participating at the evaluation of abstracts, academic materials for travel grant applications and papers submitted for the conference, including for consideration for the IAPSS Academic Excellence Award.[1] Other requirements:

  • mutual responsibility, motivation, self-initiative and dedication, combined with reliability and flexibility with regards to the work in a highly international environment with a strong intercultural competence;
  • readiness to devote at least two hours per week during 14-15 months (October/November 2017 – December 2018) to the execution of the various tasks that come together with the position;[2]
  • excellent command of the English language (spoken and written);
  • experience with academic research;
  • punctual and committed to adhere to work-related frameworks.


The dissemination of research results will be decided by the members in cooperation with the Academic Department of IAPSS and could include conference papers, journal papers, blogposts (for example, at IAPSS blog A Different View) and other. Members of the ATT and the ACOM will gain valuable experience with quality management of a global academic conference and useful contacts to other colleagues in the discipline and their more specific research field.

All positions are unpaid but travel grants will be awarded to those members presenting papers related to the ATT at IAPSS conferences in 2018, budget allowing, and fee waivers will be granted to all ACOM members present at the two main IAPSS conferences in 2018. Special panels can be scheduled to present and discuss the work of the ATT members.

Application Procedure

In order to apply please send us your CV and cover letter (max. 2 pages), outlining your motivation to be part of the ATT and the ACOM, and your main contribution and approach. Applicants should also submit a writing sample (max. 15 pages, preferably, but not necessarily, linked to the topic). While members of the Academic Think Tank and the Academic Committee are required to be members of IAPSS it is possible to join once you have been selected. Applications should be submitted to no later than 11 October 2017. We look forward to receiving your applications.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of further questions or inquiries.

Jamila Glover

Academic Coordinator
International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS)
Nijmegen | The Netherlands

[1] Members of the ATT/ACOM will be welcome to submit own abstracts for the IAPSS World Congress and IAPSS Convention in 2018 but given their status as evaluators of papers they will not be eligible for the IAPSS Academic Excellence Award.

[2] The positions are not in the IAPSS Board but they are affiliated to the IAPSS Academic Department.

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is the executive body of the association. It consists of the President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, Head of the Academic Department, Head of the Events Department, Head of World Congress, Head of Convention and Head of the International Cooperation & Public Relations Department. Members are normally elected to this body at the General Assembly, taking place in April each year.

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