APSA Africa Workshops
About Africa Workshops

The Africa Workshops program at the American Political Science Association (APSA) is an ongoing effort to expand the capacity of political science research and teaching in east and west Sub-Saharan Africa. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, APSA is undertaking a multi-year program to organize a series of political science workshops throughout Africa and promote the profession of political science across the region.

Each year, the program brings brings together approximately 30 scholars from across Africa and the United States for a 2-3 week seminar or short-course that focuses on a substantive theme of interest to political scientists. Driven by a unique syllabus featuring classic and cutting-edge research, each workshop program includes lectures, discussions, topical presentations and debates, guest speakers, peer review sessions, professional development seminars, and local field trips. Participants are required to arrive with and present their own current research, which they will then continue to refine for publication. Through these workshops, participants become an active part of the growing international political science community with increased access to supportive scholarly networks.

The program is geared towards early-to-mid career social scientists based in Africa. Several PhD students from US universities are also to attend so as to further the comparative discussions and seed long-term global research collaborations. To date, 139 Africa-based political scientists from 31 countries have participated in APSA's Africa Workshops, as well as 30 US-based scholars. To view a map of these countries, click here.

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