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When and where will the World Congress take place?

IAPSS Virtual World Congress will take place between April 26-29. The program of the events, panels, and workshops will be published in April.

The conference will be held fully on Zoom.

Where can I register for the World Congress?

In order to register for the event, an active and valid IAPSS membership is required. Make sure this step is complete, and then you will be able to purchase a ticket to the event through the IAPSS webstore. You have to create a website account before you can purchase your membership. If you are experiencing issues with this, email .

How much does it cost to attend the conference?

In order to attend the IAPSS World Congress, you need to:

  1. Become an IAPSS Member. Prices range from 3 to 18 USD – check your eligibility here. Be sure to create a website account to be able to purchase membership.
  2. Get your Early Bird ticket for 40 USD by January 30, 2022 here.
  3. The regular ticket will cost 55 USD after January 30, 2022.

Is there a scholarship?

Yes, there will be opportunities to receive funding. We at IAPSS strongly believe that it is crucial to facilitate the participation of the most talented young researchers of all specializations at IAPSS’ largest annual event. Therefore, there will be an open call among successful abstract authors for the IAPSS Scholarship – a scholarship awarded to a maximum five students who demonstrate both academic excellence and pressing financial need, covering expenses up to 60 USD depending on the ticket price. Please note that scholarships are handed out upon the condition of successful accomplishment of the paper presentation – not in advance to the World Congress.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship grant is April 1, 2022. The form to apply can be found here

Why does it cost money to present at a virtual academic conference?

When planning our events, we understand that in order to bring in a diverse range of political science students from around the world, we need to accommodate our prices to be as inclusive as possible given the range of our members’ currencies, the financial restrictions of students, and external factors.

The benefit of our IAPSS virtual events are that they are cheaper to host (and cheaper to attend) compared to an in-person event, which would require event venue fees, physical material costs, transportation reimbursement, etc. Nevertheless, if hosting an event virtually is cheaper, it still requires funds to put on these events.

Our funds go firstly towards maintenance (website upkeep, mailing subscriptions, etc.). Once our maintenance fees are covered, we put our funds towards our members, whether it be hiring a speaker for an event we are hosting or saving our funds to cover our in-person event costs.

If you find yourself in need of assistance in order to attend the World Congress, we offer scholarships to students, and we encourage you to talk to your university, as many schools are willing to help students shoulder the cost of attending an academic conference. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to

Abstracts and submission guidelines

How long should the paper be? What’s the format of the paper?

The paper should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words. For further requirements on the paper submission please check here.

How can I submit my full paper?

The online form for submitting full papers will be available after our team reviews abstracts.

The deadline for full paper submission is on April 11, 2022.

Can I submit a paper if it has previously been published?

Yes, there is no restriction to paper submission. IAPSS will not claim any right to your paper or draft that you plan to present during the  World Congress.

Can I present at the conference with me and my co-author?

Yes, it is possible to present a paper with co-authors. However, we want to highlight that each author needs an individual ticket to the World Congress. This means that both you and the co-author of your paper will need to separately become IAPSS members and purchase a Congress ticket respectively.

I haven’t received any email on my paper. Should I assume that my paper has been rejected?

We send out acceptances, conditional acceptances, and rejection emails, so if you haven’t received an email about your proposal after the date we say you should hear from us, please contact


Is it possible to participate as a panel chair or discussant?

Yes! Serving as a panel chair and/or discussant is an opportunity to enhance your academic experience, and these positions are crucial for the best reciprocal outcome of the conference, as you will be giving our panelists valuable feedback on their work. You will also gain experience on reviewing papers as well as being part of an academic panel. We will be sending you the online application form during the first week of March. You will be informed about our choice shortly afterwards.

What is expected of the panel chairs and discussants?

As a panel chair you are expected to:

  • Read the papers in your panel carefully and prepare thoughtful questions.
  • Start and keep your panel on time.
  • Take and manage questions from the audience directed to panelists.
  • Keep audience questions on topic.

As a discussant you are expected to:

  • Carefully read the papers that you are assigned and be prepared to discuss their contributions, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Be prepared to discuss your reactions to the papers and why, answering such questions as what the author can improve.
  • Be prepared to stimulate conversation among the audience by posing questions for discussion.

You can submit your full papers via this online form.

The deadline for full paper submission is on April 11.

Technical details

Which platform will the conference take place on?

We will be using Zoom. All attendees will be required to possess a Zoom account, which they can register for free here.

Will I be able to choose what time I can present at?

Unlike previous years, where all participants were gathered in one location, our attendees will be located all over the globe. To accommodate for our vast time ranges, our panels team will place all participants in panel times that accommodate for their locations and paper themes to the best of our ability. Should you be unable to attend your session, please contact

Will the sessions be recorded?

We are not planning to record any of the panelists or the speakers.

Will the Congress be only us presenting our papers, or will there be other social activities for us to anticipate as well?

Normally, we would have many social events to take place when students are not presenting. This year, albeit digitally, we are still planning to create opportunities to network and socialize with other attendees. More information will be released later.

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