Updated Jul 17, 2019CLOSED

Small Grants Program (SGP)

Offered by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Ford Foundation

The ACSS Small Grants Program is a funding opportunity that aims to support scholars and professionals in the Arab region.
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CLOSEDAug 20, 2019Deadline

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented in:
CountryComoros, Djibouti, Bahrain, Algeria, Lebanon, Qatar, Palestinian Territories, Oman, Morocco, Mauritania, Libya, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen
Focus AreasYouth
The two themes of the Small Grants Program are “Youth” and “Urban Spatial Inequalities.” The first topic, “Youth”, encompasses topics related to youth (defined roughly as those between the ages of 14 and 25) in the Arab world, and issues related to this age group (health, education, family, employment, civic engagement, etc.). The second topic, “Urban Spatial Inequalities”, focuses on systems, processes, and policies that increase or mitigate unequal access to housing, land, property and services in urban settings.


Applicants must be citizens of an Arab League member state or nationals of an Arab country (defined as long-term residents, even if they do not hold citizenship as in the case of refugees or stateless residents).
Applicants must reside in the Arab region. This program does not fund applicants who reside, work, or study outside the region.
Priority will be given to scholars and professionals who are marginalized, at risk, or dispossessed.

Educational Degree

Applicants must hold at least a Master’s degree in a core social science or a field allied to the themes of the Program. The core social science fields are anthropology, demography, economics, education, political science, psychology and sociology. Allied disciplines include architecture, cultural studies, development studies, gender studies, geography, law, and urban planning/studies.


Preference will be given to applicants under the age of 40.

ACSS grantees (principal and co-investigators) who have benefited previously from another ACSS grant are only eligible if their grants were closed one year prior to submitting their application for the Small Grants Program.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of Funds
The program funds five kinds of activities:
Travel grants (conferences/workshops)
Internship support
Organizing workshops
Pilot studies
Dissemination events

Application Directions

Applicants are required to create a profile page on the ACSS applications platform and submit both an online application and supporting documents depending on the type of funding requested. Application materials can be submitted in Arabic, French or English.
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