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The Arab Families Working Group (AFWG) is a collective of sixteen scholars from universities, NGOs and research foundations whose work focuses on youth and families in Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt and their diasporas. Founded in 2001, AFWG is committed to advancing the state of empirical and theoretical knowledge on Arab families and articulating research processes and outcomes with practitioners and policy makers. AFWG projects include comparative, transnational, interdisciplinary, and collaborative work on the three countries and diasporic Arab families in the United States and Canada.

News, Events, and Announcements

New Grant Opportunity from The Arab Council for the Social Sciences: Deadline November 20th

The ACSS Research Grants Program (RGP) aims to support research across disciplinary boundaries and methodological approaches on key themes of concern to the Arab region.

Grants will be available to both individual researchers (up to USD $20.000) and teams of researchers (up to USD $50,000) from the Arab region, whether currently resident in or outside the region, and whose research focuses primarily on Arab societies. Grants are intended to support a maximum time-line of 15 months. For more information click here.


Call for Papers-- History in the Making: Arab Media and Processes of Remembering: Deadline November 3rd

The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 3 November 2014. Successful applicants will be notified early in mid-December 2014. Abstracts should be 300 words and must be accompanied by the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note on the presenter. The one-day conference will be held on 24 April 2015. For more information, click here.


Fellowship Opportunities from The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies: Deadline November 15th

Funded by the German federal and state governments' Excellence Initiative, The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies will admit up to fifteen PhD students to its doctoral programme, which is to begin on 1 October 2015. Up to ten of these candidates will receive a Graduate School grant; the other candidates will be supported in their search for funding. The application deadline is 15 November 2014.

The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. It invites applications from candidates whose dissertation project fits one of the Graduate School’s Research Areas.

For more information click here.


October Training to Research Seminar Is Fast Approaching!

 AFWG will be hosting its next Training to Research Seminar for junior faculty in Egyptian public universities in Cairo on October 24, 25, 26, 2014. Click here for more information.