Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get an extension to the deadline?

No. The deadline is fixed at November 15th 2022, 16:59 CET. We do not offer extensions on compassionate or any other grounds. We get a high volume of submissions so to be able to communicate the outcome in December we need to start shortlisting straight after the deadline and cannot wait for late submissions. If you are unable to submit by the deadline, keep an eye out for future calls.

I’m not sure how to write a proposal. Can I ask for help?

Yes. For the 2023 call we’re organising an online session with tips on writing a proposal for the residency, followed by a Q&A on Monday October 31, 9-10 am CET. You can find the recoding of the session here.

Do you accept submissions from people with a Bachelor or Master degree?

No. We only accept submissions from people with a PhD or who are currently PhD candidates. The reason being that we are an academic journal and academic papers are a specific genre of writing. Our experience is that people who have not had PhD training, while they might have super interesting ideas, require more support than we can currently offer to turn their ideas into academic papers suitable for publication in Migration Politics.

Can I submit a proposal based on my Ma thesis?

Yes, you can submit a proposal based on your Master thesis, if you are currently a PhD candidate. However, it might make more sense to wait until you are in the later phases of your PhD and submit a proposal based on your PhD research. While some Master thesis are exceptionally innovative and become highly cited journal articles, as a rule PhDs are the projects where most innovation takes place. They therefore stand a better chance of being shortlisted than Master theses.

What do you mean by “original work”?

Proposals for papers submitted to Migration Politics should not be under review at another journal or academic publisher (in book form) at or after the moment of submission for the residency. Proposals can be based on working papers

My fieldwork isn’t done/hasn’t started yet, can I still apply?

No. To apply the data on which your proposal is based should already have been collected (see guidelines for proposal ). As we all know, data collection doesn’t always go as planned. It might be that an author cannot write the envisioned paper because they have not been able to collect the data or the data steers the paper in a (very) different direction, that is less fitting for the journal. As we have a very limited number of places we therefore only invite authors who have collected data at the time of submitting the proposal and include preliminary results in their proposal.

Can I submit a proposal in a language other than English?

No. While the senior editorial fellows and members of the editorial college are proficient in a range of languages other than English, proposals need to be in English. A key part of the fellowship is the exchange between the fellows, this is not possible without English as shared language. Furthermore the language of Migration Politics itself is English. We are looking into other ways of incorporating the vast body of scholarship in migration studies in languages other than English in Migration Politics. We are open to proposals for doing so.

Do you accept co-authored papers?

Yes, but we can only cover a round trip and one week of accommodation for one author per paper.  In consultation with the Senior Editorial Fellows, additional authors of selected papers may join the residency if they are able to cover their own travel and accommodation or can join some of the sessions of the residency online.

Who can apply to the 3 reserved fellowships for African scholars?

People who completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees at an institution based on the African continent and/or scholars currently employed at an institution based on the African continent can apply to qualify for these reserved fellowships.  Papers with multiple authors will only be considered for these fellowships if

  1. All authors qualify as African scholars (but note our policy on co-authored papers above), or
  2. The first author is an African scholar and not more than one of the co-authors is not an African scholar.  If selected, only the first author will be invited to come to Amsterdam with travel & accommodation covered. Co-authors may join the residency at their own expense.

Papers co-authored by African scholars which do not meet these criteria can still be submitted for consideration for the three fellowships that are not reserved for African scholars.

I am / my co-author is based at the University of Amsterdam, can I still apply?

No, we do not accept submissions (co-)authored by scholars based at the University of Amsterdam.

What costs does the residency cover?

The residency covers:
– Six nights in a hotel in Amsterdam
– Costs of visa for those who need one to enter the Netherlands
– Round trip to Amsterdam (by train if the travel distance is less than 1500km)
– Two dinners, two lunches
The residency does not cover travel insurance, transportation from the airport or within Amsterdam, any additional hotel nights and the remaining lunches and dinners. Funding of accommodation and travel are conditional on the submission of a full draft paper one month before the start of the residency.

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