Call for Applications I IAPSS Winter School 2018 Tunis

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Call for Applications I IAPSS Winter School 2018 Tunis

IAPSS Winter School 2018

“The MENA Region in International Relations:
Power, Politics and Ideology”

Organised by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) in cooperation with the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE)

in Tunis, Tunisia

19th – 25th of February 2018

(Arrival Day: 18 February / Departure Day: 26 February)

Applications are open until 30 November 2017

Important Note: Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your application. Applications will be scanned and evaluated from December 1st onwards and applicants will be notified on admission until December 7th. Late applications are possible and accepted on a rolling basis, but have no guarantee to be considered in the assessment process. A timely submission of the application is advised.


The Theme

This IAPSS Winter School examines the variety in social, political and economic conditions of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and its implications on the Arab uprisings and vice versa. The Winter School will focus on case studies from our host country Tunisia but will also look beyond its borders. The Winter School allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of the region through lectures from academics as well as local and international NGO’s. We will also apply the newest the methods such as design thinking in policy-making.

The head topic “The MENA region in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology“ features the following four subtopics:

(1) Democratization and Regime Changes in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

This topic is important to understand the domestic and regional factors that have led to the perceived failures and successes of the Arab uprisings of 2011. It also serves to understand why some countries did not witness an uprising at all despite initial protests and are still resilient to potential uprisings.

(2) Political Economy and Economic reform in the MENA-Region: Labor, Rents and Capital

This subtopic deals with the political economy in different sectors and policy fields. It explores the major developmental challenges in the region, such as long-term growth trends, demographic change, education, labor markets, urbanization, water and agriculture.

(3) Security and Power Politics: New Perspectives on Regional Hegemony

Geopolitics play a large role in the domestic situation of countries that are going through a political and social transition. This subtopic offers a macro perspective on the MENA region and aims to set the Arab uprisings in an international context. The question of how far regional issues influence domestic politics is important to understand why countries do what they do and how alliances in the Middle East are formed.

(4) Technology and Telecommunication: Creation and Decay of Revolutions

This topic focuses on the history of technology in resistances in the Middle East and North Africa; how it has developed itself and influenced the political participation. Topics such as telecommunication policy, intelligence and domestic security or digitization may be covered by this subtopic based on the interest of participants.

Programme and Venue

This year’s IAPSS Winter School will be held in cooperation with the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) in Tunis enabling all participants to dive into a week-long programme with various components: lectures, seminars, research and policy labs. In the evenings we have planned a documentary screening related to the theme of the Winter School as well as social activities to let off steam after the academic programme.

Tunisia lends itself as a perfect destination to explore the changing political reality in the Middle East and North Africa and its underlying causes. Furthermore, it is interesting to examine the process of democratization in Tunisia, which is considered to be the only true democracy in North Africa after the downfall of its authoritarian regime. If you are eager to learn more about the subtopics that this year’s Winter School is going to present, make sure you submit your application within the deadline to enjoy the stimulating academic programme prepared in cooperation with the leading experts in the theme. What is more, you will have a chance to meet fellow students from all over the world and experience Tunisia’s rich and hospitable culture.

Application and Selection Process

Students and junior researchers of all levels, but preferably at least at an advanced level of their undergraduate studies, are invited to submit their applications.

Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS Winter School 2018 are requested to submit a written application containing a CV, a letter of motivation (max. 1 page). Your letter of motivation should state at least (a) your previous experiences with the topic, (b) your motivation for joining this Winter School, and (c) how this Winter School would contribute to your development. Be creative! Please note that the application process is competitive due to a limited number of tickets. Decision on admission is mainly based on the motivation letter, which is why we encourage applicants to put a special emphasis on this document.

Please use the form below (at the bottom of this page) to submit your application. In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee (see below) who will be glad to answer them.

What Can Participants Expect?

An academically challenging programme consisting of lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops in a highly interactive and vibrant setting contributing to the personal and academic development of each participant. Lab-formats will apply design thinking for rapid prototyping of research proposals and policy strategies.
Discussing and debating with a range of experts in the field of the MENA region and across different policy fields as well as getting first-hand insights on their current research and teaching methods.
Meeting fellow students and researchers from all over the world interested in a joint multi-perspective examination of the topics addressed.
Exploring sprawling Tunis and its surroundings as well as a variety of social events.
What else to expect? Much more!

Participation Fee and Requirements

IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS Winter School 2018 seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of €199. Students from local Tunisian universities (exl. expats) can apply for a tuition waiver. Please write to Farieha Mirzada at if you would like to apply for a waiver. Applications for waivers will be considered after the application for the Winter School has been completed.

This participation fee includes access to all lectures, workshops, participation in a research OR policy lab and social events, all Winter School materials, a personal IAPSS Winter School 2018 participation kit, and an official Certificate of Participation and a Certificate Supplement stating the details of your achievements. The programme can be accounted as between 2-3 ECTS credits, which the certificate supplement will designate. However, please consult with your programme coordinator, if the school can be accounted for your regular studies. IAPSS is supportive in case any further documentation is needed.

The participation fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection. The payment can be done via credit card, PayPal and other devices through the IAPSS Webstore (the details for the transfer will be available there upon acceptance). After admission, the fee should be transferred by December 31st, 2017. Later payments are possible upon request and individual agreement.

Please note that IAPSS does not offer any discount or scholarship for this event (with the exception of Tunisian residents). We recommend consulting with your university/academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools. IAPSS can provide an acceptance letter to support external grant/scholarship applications of the participants.

IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in the IAPSS Winter School 2018. IAPSS Membership comes at only €15.00 (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or €10 (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for €25 and €15 respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to apply for membership in one of the IAPSS Student Research Committees or the Authorial Board of IAPSS’ academic blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities.

Find all information on the services we provide and how to purchase IAPSS membership here.

Your Organizing Committee

Farieha Mirzada
Ms. Farieha Mirzada
Head of Winter School
Leiden University


Pawel Pustelnik
Mr. Pawel Pustelnik
Programme Support “Research Labs”
Cardiff University


Florian Zabel
Mr. Florian Zabel
Programme Support “Policy Labs”
Humboldt-University Berlin


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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