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

Since its founding twenty years ago, the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research has welcomed nearly three thousand graduate students and junior faculty.

IQMR 2022 will run from June 13 through June 24, with a two-day break on June 18 and 19.

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).

There are 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. You can find links to the three application forms in the table below. 

Scholars admitted through the general track will have their participation at IQMR covered, as well as meals, and shared-accommodation for the duration of the program. General track attendees will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from Syracuse University. Scholars admitted through the African and MENA tracks will have participation at IQMR covered, meals, and shared-accommodation for the duration of the program, as well as roundtrip economy-class airfare.

Application through the open pool is distinct from nomination by a CQRM member organization. Member departments and schools in the 2021-2022 academic year will have spaces reserved at the institute. Members will choose their nominees using their own selection procedures and should send names and contact information to Colin Elman at Students, fellows and junior faculty who are not sure if they will be selected, or who attend non-member organizations, should apply directly to CQRM through one of the open pool tracks.

Materials from the 2021 institute (including a schedule and reading list) are available for viewing here. Please note that, because of the pandemic, the 2021 institute was held online, 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.

Please note that while we are hopeful that participants in IQMR 2022 will be able to gather in Syracuse next summer, we realize that this will ultimately be dictated by health circumstances. If we are unable to hold an in-person institute, IQMR 2022 will take place online. We will offer details regarding specific arrangements early next year once we have further information on the progression of the COVID pandemic, and faculty and student needs.

Application information
Application link Appl. deadline # of slots Travel bursary? Part., room and board
General 11/17 15 No Yes
Africa  11/17 5 Yes Yes
Arab MENA 11/12 4 Yes Yes

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 Dana El-Issa at


IQMR Digital Brochure

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.