Call for Applications

for Members of the Academic Think Tank

of the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS)


The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is recruiting members for the 2016 – 2017 Academic Think Tank, with the current topic The Role of Politics in Humanitarianism’ as part of the IAPSS annual theme ‘The Meaning of Politics’.

The Theme

Humanitarianism and the study thereof is at a critical juncture. While the world is experiencing crises on a never before seen scale the entire international humanitarian system is called into questions, with agendas for reform and revolution and events such as the World Humanitarian Summit seeking profound change. The 2016 – 2017 IAPSS Academic Think Tank seeks to find critical and imaginative answers to some of the core questions in research on humanitarianism and the role of politics therein. It will critically examine the politics of humanitarianism and the political-ness of humanitarian actors.

We are looking for creative high-quality approaches covering all angles of the topic, from traditional questions of humanitarianism studies to more unusual approaches, including but not limited to questions such as: How are power relations shaping humanitarianism? Should humanitarianism be political? How will the World Humanitarian Summit change the humanitarian system? Are humanitarians political actors? All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome.

Expectations and benefits

We are looking for 5 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), 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 and other. Travel grants will be awarded to those members presenting papers related to the Academic Think Tank at IAPSS conferences, budget allowing. Special panels can be scheduled to present and discuss the work of the Think Tank members.

Application Procedure

In order to apply please send us your CV and cover letter, outlining your motivation to be part of the Think Tank, and your main contribution and approach. Applicants should also submit a writing sample (preferably, but not necessarily, linked to the topic). While members of the Academic Think Tank are required to be members of IAPSS it is possible to join once you have been selected. Applications should be submitted to before 31 July 2016. We look forward to receiving your applications.

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

Charlotte Christiane Hammer

Academic Think Tank Coordinator International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) Postbox 9108 | 6500HK Nijmegen | The Netherlands