Scholars in many disciplines are grappling with how to produce rigorous scholarship that addresses significant social challenges in collaboration with communities, organizations, and agencies outside of academia. In June 2019, the American Political Science Association launched the new Institute for Civically Engaged Research (ICER) as a way to facilitate and encourage such research within our discipline by providing needed training and developing cohorts of scholars who can help define the discipline’s path forward.
What: A 5-day, residential institute that provides political scientists with training to conduct ethical, rigorous, civically engaged research.
Where: ICER is usually held in Boston, in partnership with Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. In 2021, it is virtual.
When: ICER is held in June of each year. In 2020, ICER ran from June 15-18th. In 2021, June 15-22nd (applications are now closed).
Who: ICER is intended for advanced graduate students in political science and political scientists at any stage of their careers who wish to shift to using civically engaged research. It is not meant for scholars who are already experienced in that approach.
Cost: Thanks to support from the Ivywood Foundation, participation in the Institute for Civically Engaged Research is free, and scholarships are available to defray costs of travel, food, and housing on the Tufts campus. Applicants are expected to seek financial support from their home institution, but admission to the Institute for Civically Engaged Research will not be affected by financial need.