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Invitation to Apply: the 2023/2024 Emerging Scholars from Emerging Markets Program

  • 1.  Invitation to Apply: the 2023/2024 Emerging Scholars from Emerging Markets Program

    Posted 10-03-2023 07:41
    Dear colleagues,
    The AIB Emerging Markets Shared Interest Group (EM-SIG) is pleased to announce the 2023/2024 Emerging Scholars from Emerging Markets Program (ESEMP). ESEMP is a one-year program with the aim to support doctoral students and early career doctorated scholars from emerging markets in developing a high-quality international business paper. This program is made possible by the financial support of the Center for Emerging Markets at Northeastern University.
    Why is ESEMP important:
    Scholars from emerging markets too often do not get structured support for the development of papers. This program aims to support young and early career doctorated scholars to hone their research skills in creating an academic paper that they can submit to AIB conferences. Furthering that aim, top ESEMP scholars will receive financial support to attend the AIB Annual Meeting. 
    What is included in ESEMP:
    • The program includes six workshops (one in 2023, and five in 2024).
    • Workshops are 4-hours long and include interactive sessions where feedback on papers is provided.
    • ESEMP scholars must prepare for these workshops, contribute to the discussions, and submit deliverables.
    • Participation in ESEMP is free of charge, and participants will be given full AIB membership for the year they participate in ESEMP.
    Who is ESEMP for: 
    Applications are considered from PhD/doctoral students and early career scholars/doctorated faculty who want to enhance their research skills. Students and scholars need to be affiliated with an academic institution in a low, lower-middle, or upper-middle-income country (see more information on our website). 
    When and how is ESEMP facilitated: 
    Workshops will be offered via Zoom. ESEMP participants will be distinguished into two cohorts (EAST and WEST) to accommodate different time zones. ESEMP East will be conducted from 7 am to 11 am UTC, and ESEMP West from 1 pm to 5 pm UTC. The dates are:

    December 7th, 2023 
    February 1st, 2024
    April 4th, 2024
    June 6th, 2024
    August 1st, 2024
    November 1st, 2024
    How to apply for ESEMP: 
    Interested scholars should submit their applications online via the website by November 1st, 2023. Results of the application will be communicated to the applicant by November 11th, 2023.

    Applicants need to provide:
    • A current CV 
    • A letter of motivation (max 1-page) explaining why they want to participate in the program.
    • An extended abstract of a current research project (max. 3-pages, excluding references). This project can be a PhD thesis or parts thereof for doctoral students or a research paper for doctorated faculty.
    • A letter of reference from the PhD/doctoral supervisor or a senior colleague (for doctorated faculty) at the institution to which they are affiliated 
    • A declaration in which applicants confirm that they understand that they will be expected to not only participate in, but also prepare for the workshops, and that any absences need to be communicated to the organizers in advance  
    Participation in ESEMP is free, and selected participants will be given full AIB membership for the year during which they participate in ESEMP. However, selection into ESEMP is competitive, and the board of the EM-SIG will make final decisions about accepting participants. 
    If you have questions regarding ESEMP, please feel free to reach out to Helena Barnard ( – SIG Chair and ESEMP WEST, Kristin Brandl ( – ESEMP EAST or Cecilia Gu ( - ESEMP EAST. See also more information on our website (

    Geer He, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor
    Hitotsubashi University Institute of Innovation Research
    AIB EM-SIG Communications and Engagement Lead