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    Request for Proposals: Write an ICNC Monograph on Civil Resistance


    Visit the Monograph Series page to learn more about the program.

    ICNC announces its third annual Monograph Awards series in 2016. The goal of the award is to advance research and study in the field of civil resistance. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 25, 2016.

    The award is intended to support academic work that enhances the strategic practice of civil resistance, has relevance to practitioners and organizers, improves understanding of civil resistance by policy and developmental community, and develops robust conceptual frameworks for understanding the nature, dynamics, power and impact of civil resistance movements.

    In 2016, up to four awards, each worth $5,000, will be offered to scholars, educators, or practitioners who have substantial knowledge of the literature on civil resistance to write monographs on under-researched or under-published topics relevant to the field of civil resistance studies.

    To learn more about past monograph awards, see the following links:

    Published ICNC Monographs in 2015

    2015 Monograph Awardees and their Topics

    2014 Monograph Awardees and their Topics

    Proposals for Monograph Topics
    ICNC is specifically interested in receiving monograph proposals that pertain to ICNC’s priority research topics and other themes that are of a general interest to ICNC.

    Monograph as an Applied Study
    In addition to presenting path-breaking analyses or findings, monographs are also expected to present (often in their conclusions) general and specific recommendations relevant for particular audiences such as academia, organizers and activists, civil society professionals, policy or developmental communities and journalists.

    General Readership
    ICNC Monographs are written with a general reader in mind. The quality of analytical and empirical analyses equal that of a serious academic publication, but the language and terminology used are not overly academic and thus are accessible to a general audience.

    Peer Review
    ICNC has instituted a system of external reviews for all its monographs published to be published in 2016 and beyond. The reviews are conducted by experts in the field, including though not limited to the ICNC academic advisors.

    Monographs’ Format
    Authors are expected to follow a recommended universal format when writing their monographs. The length of the study should be between 15,000-17,000 words, between 60-70 pages (double space, 12 pt. font size, Times New Roman). The study must use Chicago-Turabian style throughout and in-text citations. We highly encourage authors to provide their own images (with permission) for inclusion in the monograph, such as fieldwork photos. Authors might want to review published ICNC monographs to check and get familiar with their format.

    The monograph’s introduction should specify the central issue or thesis to be addressed and state clearly the main questions to be answered. The monograph should also explain the added-value of the study given the existing literature that is available on the specific topic.

    Analytical frames and concepts will ideally be supported by empirical examples, observations and narratives derived from the life of movements, and by historical or contemporary accounts provided by dissidents, organizers and activists, and cases of civil resistance.

    Based on the analysis presented, the monograph must provide an explanation of how the presented findings and analysis are relevant for a general or specific scholarship and field practice. This is often done towards the end of a monograph in the conclusion.  Authors may also augment the value of their work by including specific or general policy recommendations, if applicable.

    Throughout their writing authors must keep in mind that the audience for their work will be scholars, civil society practitioners, media professionals, policy experts and decision-makers. Language and arguments presented must avoid unnecessarily complex or overly scholarly writing.

    Authors are expected to deliver their draft monographs within 6-8 months after their award is announced and the work is commissioned (once appropriate documents are signed by all parties). Authors should expect to collaborate closely with the ICNC Series Editor, as well as an in-house and/or external developmental editor and copy editor to ensure quality of the final publication.

    Educators, scholars, practitioners, writers who have substantial knowledge of the literature in the field of civil resistance are encouraged to apply. We particularly welcome applications from promising young researchers, scholar practitioners, and practitioner scholars who view the opportunity to write a monograph as an important part of their initial, ongoing or planned research and reflection in the field of civil resistance.

    In addition to furthering research, study and resources in the field of civil resistance, these awards have been developed to expand the ICNC network of collaboration. Therefore, preference is given to proposals from people whose research or activities ICNC has not supported in the past.

    How to Apply
    Interested applicants are asked to fill out the online application form and submit requested information, including a research proposal, CV and a writing sample to be considered.

    Apply now

    Application Deadline
    The deadline for proposal submissions is May 25, 2016. Depending on the number of proposals received, it may take up to six weeks to review them, contact selected applicants and announce the awardees.

    Stages of the Monograph Writing and Review
    Once the first complete monograph draft is delivered, ICNC staff and/or the ICNC academic advisors will thoroughly evaluate submitted work. The awardee will be asked to address ICNC suggestions and comments in the second monograph draft. In the spirit of ensuring the best quality publication, ICNC may in some instances ask for a third monograph revision, providing specific suggestions and points to be addressed. When ICNC and the author are satisfied with the completed work, the monograph draft is submitted to at least two external, independent reviewers to determine the quality of the monograph, including whether further improvements are needed,  and if so, what kind. After the external reviews are submitted to ICNC a determination is made about whether the quality of the monograph meets high academic standards and if the work can be considered for publishing.

    Monograph Publication and Dissemination
    After monograph completion ICNC develops a professionally designed layout for the monographs and makes them available on-demand via Amazon, where the readers can order a hard copy or/and e-book. The digital monograph file will also be available on the ICNC website for a free download. ICNC and the author will collaborate to strategically disseminate and promote the monograph.

    The authors may also be invited to present their monographs during an ICNC educational event in the United States or in another country where appropriate.

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