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ISA Research Workshop Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted


The International Studies Association announces the deadline for 2017 – 2018 grants to support workshops for collaborative research that is new and innovative and involves scholars who are drawn from the global international studies community.

Workshops are no longer required to be held in conjunction with the ISA Annual Convention (to be held in San Francisco, California, April 4-7, 2018). They may be held at an alternate location or time, almost anywhere in the world.

Changes for 2017

Please note the following changes for the 2017-18 competition:

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is June 30, 2017.
  • All applications must name a minimum of two alternates, or they will not be considered for funding.
  • For reasons of equity, ISA will not consider funding applications when one or more of the workshop proposers has received an ISA research & workshop grant in the past 24 months.

Scope of Awards

ISA created the Workshop Grants program in 1992 to promote the interaction of scholars from different parts of the global international studies community. At the annual ISA meeting in Chicago in 2007, the Governing Council substantially expanded and restructured the Workshop Grant Program, more than doubling the total amount of funds available.

Two categories of grants were established: Venture Research Workshop Grants, up to a maximum of $25,000 each, and Catalytic Research Workshop Grants, up to a maximum of $10,000 each. Venture Research Workshop Grants are targeted for projects that venture into emerging and potentially transformative research areas or preliminary work on untested and novel and path-breaking ideas. The goal is to support truly innovative research that has the potential to make a significant leap or paradigm shift and move the frontiers of knowledge forward. Catalytic Research Workshop Grants target projects that aim to apply new expertise or new approaches to established research topics and are likely to catalyze rapid and innovative advances. Funds may be used to support several types of workshops: to bring together authors for an edited volume; to plan for a collaborative research project; or to stimulate new approaches to the substance and analysis of a topic.

Both types of grants aim to bring together small groups of participants focusing on a significant research problem that stimulates cross-national examination or perspectives and engages the interests of several disciplines. Topics should be sufficiently well focused to allow in-depth exploration during the time proposed for the workshop. All participants are expected to present a fully developed scholarly paper on a relevant topic in order to attend the workshop. The workshop itself is expected to result in significant scholarly outputs, such as a book-length manuscript and scholarly articles.


Proposal submitters and all proposed workshop participants must be ISA members. Workshop proposals should include scholars from different countries/regions of the world and scholars who are at different stages of their careers. For reasons of equity, ISA will not consider funding applications when one or more of the workshop proposers has received an ISA research & workshop grant in the past 24 months.

As noted, workshops are no longer required to be held in conjunction with the ISA Annual Convention. They may be held at an alternate location, or at a different time of the year. More detailed requirements are outlined in the “Core Proposal Guidelines.”


Grants will be awarded annually by ISA’s Research and Workshop Grant Committee. Funding may be used to provide lodging and per diems, and other research-related expenses. Please consult the “Core Proposal Guidelines” for limitations and restrictions. Funds will generally be available for up to eighteen months from the time grants are made. A proportion of the grant award may be held until the final Workshop Grant Report has been received at ISA headquarters.

Please note that once a budget has been approved by ISA, changes cannot be made without prior approval of the ISA grant manager. If money is spent outside of the budget limits and categories without prior approval, it is very unlikely that ISA will approve reimbursement for those expenses.


Complete proposals must include:

  1. All coversheet documents
  2. Five-page core proposal:
    Core proposals should not be more than five pages (single-spaced). Core proposals must specify: (1) the theme, purpose and objectives of the workshop, (2) the need for and intellectual significance of the meeting and how and in what ways the project is new, innovative and/or path-breaking and will expand knowledge and understanding in one of more fields; (3) how it relates to previous research and theoretical developments, including a list of any recent meetings or publications on the same topic; (4) the format of the workshop, including a statement of how the meeting will be organized and conducted as well as how other ISA members (especially junior scholars, scholars from various disciplines and nationalities and underrepresented minorities) who are interested in the topic may be included on a space-available basis; and (5) how the results of the meeting will be disseminated in order to benefit the larger ISA community and contribute to the enhancement and improvement of knowledge in the field.
  3. Budget and detailed itemized budget justification
  4. Complete references in proper standard citation form
  5. Statement of the amount of support (if any) requested and/or committed from any other sources
  6. Statement on letterhead or in the form of personal emails from each proposed collaborating individual or organization confirming a commitment to participate in the form proposed. Participants must also confirm that they are responsible for their own travel expenses outside of those detailed in the budget, that they are a member of ISA, and that they will register (and pay for their own registration fees) for the annual meeting by the conference preregistration deadline (if the workshop is being held in conjunction with the ISA annual convention). Statements are also required for alternate participants.
    Note that in the coversheet, proposers are required to identify up to two alternate participants to take the place of participants that withdraw from the workshop at a later date. Pending grant manager approval, organizers may then substitute participants to the workshop after the grant is submitted. ISA Headquarters must be notified of this change at least ten weeks prior to the day of the workshop. Proposals that do not identify at least two alternates will not be considered by the Committee for funding.
  7. Complete CV(s) of the proposer(s)
  8. Biographical sketches (limited to two pages) for each participant (and alternate participants), including current affiliation, contact information, educational background, professional positions and appointments, relevant publications with complete citations and a list of examples that demonstrate the broader impact of the individual's professional and scholarly activities that focus on the creation, integration and transfer of knowledge.


Applicants must submit proposals electronically to Maria Rost Rublee, the Research and Workshop Committee Chair, at, using a PDF document format. You should cc: ISA headquarters at The entire proposal must be contained in a single document file; please do not send multiple files containing various components of the proposal since these are difficult to manage. The proposal, with all required accompanying materials contained in the single PDF, must be received by the Committee Chair by June 30, 2017.

If you have any questions about the workshop proposal or submission process, please contact the committee chair, Maria Rost Rublee.

Maria Rost Rublee
Associate Professor
School of Social Science
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia

If you do not receive an email confirmation within ten days that your proposal was received, please contact the committee chair since there may have been problems transmitting the proposals. Email queries may also be sent to the Chair. Please use “ISA Workshop Grants” in the subject line.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

All applicants should expect to receive notification as to whether the proposal will be funded by September 15, 2017.

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