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AFAC-ACSS Research on the Arts Program (RAP) Deadline Extended till August 10th 2018

31 Jul, 2018 

The joint AFAC-ACSS Research on the Arts Program (RAP) deadline for submission has been extended till August 10, 2018, to give a better opportunity to those interested in applying.


The AFAC-ACSS research grants are a funding opportunity that aims to support research on all art practices across disciplinary boundaries and methodological approaches on key themes of concern to, and in, the Arab region (For the purposes of this program, the Arab Region is defined as the 22 countries that are officially members of the League of Arab States. This includes: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.)


This program is funded by AFAC and by a grant provided to the ACSS by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Grants are available to individual researchers (up to USD 15,000) and teams of researchers or collectives (up to USD 25,000) and to institutions (up to USD 35,000).


This opportunity is limited to individual researchers who are citizens/nationals of an Arab country residing in the Arab region, and institutions based in the Arab region. In the case of teams and collectives, at least two researchers, including the team leader, must be citizens/nationals of an Arab country residing in the Arab region. Grants are intended to support a maximum timeline of 18 months for individuals, teams and collectives (starting December 2018 and ending May 2020) and up to 24 months for institutions (starting December 2018 and ending December 2020).


The Research on the Arts program aims at canvassing a broad range of research proposals from across the different countries and localities of the region. We also encourage comparative studies that look at more than one country or location regionally or globally. We particularly invite interdisciplinary proposals that link the arts, humanities and social sciences. Quantitative as well as qualitative projects are eligible and mixed-methods approaches are encouraged. Finally, successful proposals will also critically examine whether current Arts analytical frameworks are adequate to conceptualize and empirically study these issues in the Arab region and will suggest new approaches and methodologies. 


Please review the programs Frequently Asked Questions Document and the Program’s Guidelines before applying. To apply, please login with your username and password. Once You login you will be directed to the applications page. In case you don’t have an existing account, please create one here. Applicants should also fill out a profile page on the ACSS Platform.


For more information on the RAP grant, please click here

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