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AFWG Workshops

AFWG Training to Engaged Research workshops aims to provide training to scholars and NGO researchers on writing successful research proposals to articulate their research project. The goal is to provide them with a greater probability of being funded, in addition to training in research design and implementation.

Workshops are offered to scholars and NGO researchers by AFWG core group members and directed by Dr. Suad Joseph. Dr. Joseph provides the basic guidelines and structure of the workshop to participants, while AFWG core group members engage the participants in small writing groups to work on their individual projects. Mentoring continues for 4-6 months following the workshops with assignments and responses feedback from mentors assigned given to each participant individually. Currently, AFWG offers small grants to successful participants to carry out research during the mentoring period. The participants return for a second workshop focusing on data analysis and presenting their research results.

The workshops are funded by the Ford Foundation Cairo office.

Proposal Writing Resources:


Upcoming workshops:

October, 2017

In advance of the seminar, participants will be required to read key documents of Dr. Suad Joseph's website on Qualitative Data Analysis. The seminar the issues of content analysis, news media analysis, discourse analysis, oral history, focus groups, and film and visual media.


Past workshops:

January, 2017

A follow-up to the "Training to Engaged Research" workshop held in October 2016, the January workshop focused on methods and practices for qualitative data gathering.


October, 2016 – Cairo, Egypt

This seminar will train junior faculty (recent PhD’s or MA level) in the social sciences from national public universities in Egypt in engaged transformative research, with four intensive seminars over a two-year period. The seminar includes training in proposal writing and research design; data collection; data analysis; writing for reports/dissertation/publication.



October, 2015 – Cairo, Egypt


February, 2015 – Cairo, Egypt

A follow-up "Training to Engaged Research" workshop for Junior Faculty in Egyptian Public Universities was held in Cairo in February.  Attendees of the October 2014 workshop reconvened after their preliminary research to focus on data analysis, writing, dissemination, and outreach.


October, 2014 – Cairo, Egypt

AFWG held tThe second of a two-part workshop called "Training to Engaged Research: Proposal Writing and Research Design Seminar in the Social Sciences" for Junior Faculty in Egyptian Public Universities in Cairo in October.  The workshop was also open to select advanced graduate students.  The trainees presented their research, and received training on writing and publishing.  In between the first workshop in March, and the second one in October, individual mentoring was available to the trainees as they developed their proposals and carried out their research projects.


December, 2013 – Cairo, Egypt

In December 2013, AFWG ran two Training to Research Seminars. The workshops provided training in proposal writing and research design for projects addressing social conditions in participant's own societies. The first workshop took place in Cairo, Egypt from December 3-5, 2013, for graduate students  fromstudents from Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine. The three-day workshop was funded by the Ford Foundation and led by Dr. Suad Joseph, Dr. Barbara Ibrahim, and Dr. Ibrahim El Nur.

The second workshop took place on December 9, 2013 and was held at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon for graduate students from the Lebanese University, Lebanese International University, Lebanese American University, and American University of Beirut. This workshop was co-funded by the Ford Foundation and the Lebanese American University and was led by Dr. Suad Joseph, Dr. Ray Jureidini, and Dr. Sami Baroudi. 


September, 2013 – Cairo, Egypt


March, 2013 – Cairo, Egypt

In March 2013, AFWG ran a Training to Research Seminar in Cairo, Egypt on proposal writing and research design for junior faculty and graduate students at Egyptian public universities. The three-day workshop provided training in proposal writing, research design, and research implementation for projects addressing social conditions in participant's own societies.


December, 2012 – Cairo, Egypt


May, 2012 – Cairo, Egypt



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