The Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR)

IQMR 2021 will run from June 14 through June 25, with a two-day break on June 19 and 20. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the mode of instruction for IQMR 2021 will be online. While we are disappointed that the institute will not be in-person in Syracuse, we are committed to making the upcoming IQMR a productive and informative experience for participants.

Participants in IQMR are either nominated by a member school or department or selected from an "open pool" (largely funded by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from the American Political Science Association).

Member departments and schools in the 2020-2021 academic year will have spaces reserved at the institute. Members will choose their nominees using their own selection procedures. Students, fellows and junior faculty who were not sure if they would be selected, or who attend non-member organizations, were given an opportunity to apply directly to CQRM through one of the open pool tracks. Several departments, schools and colleges held their 2020 nominations over to this year – so that their 2020 nominees as well as those they nominate to attend IQMR in 2021 will attend the Institute together in June 2021.

Most of the participants who were selected from the open pool to attend IQMR 2020 opted to attend IQMR 2021. We also held a separate selection process for 2021, and we look forward to welcoming both cohorts at this year’s institute. There were three separate open pool competitions to participate in IQMR 2021: the general open pool; applications from researchers at African scholarly institutions; and applications from scholars based in the Arab MENA region. Please note that at this time the deadlines for all three applications have passed. 

Materials from the 2019 institute (including a schedule and reading list) are available for viewing here.  Please note that the modules will be revised for the 2021 institute, and the schedule should be viewed with this in mind. There is also a brochure, a short slide show, and a longer video with some instructors and participants. There are some module descriptions (and associated short videos) here.

If you have any questions regarding IQMR and either the general or Africa open pool tracks, please email Colin Elman at Please direct questions about the APSA Arab MENA fellowship to Ahmed Morsy at


IQMR Digital Brochure

Since its founding seventeen years ago, the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research has welcomed well over two thousand graduate students and junior faculty.

The institute seeks to enable participants to create and critique methodologically sophisticated qualitative research designs, including case studies, tests of necessity or sufficiency, and narrative or interpretive work. It explores the techniques, uses, strengths, and limitations of these methods, while emphasizing their relationships with alternative approaches. Short descriptions of some of the modules that were offered in 2019 can be found under "IQMR Module Description.”

IQMR attendees have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on their own qualitative research designs.