Frequently Asked Questions

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

No. We only accept submissions from people with a PhD or currently studying towards a PhD. 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 get an extension to the deadline?

No. The deadline is fixed at November 15th 2021. We do not offer extensions on compassionate or any other grounds. We get a high volume of submissions so to be able communicate the outcome in December we need to start shortlisting straight after the deadline and therefore cannot wait for late submissions. If you are unable to submit by the deadline, keep an eye out for future calls.

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 enrolled as a PhD student. 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.

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.

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