Who is This Program For?

The Emerging Scholars from Emerging Markets Program (ESEMP) is facilitated by the leadership of AIB’s Emerging Markets Shared Interest Group and made possible through the generous support of the Center for Emerging Markets at Northeastern University.

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ESEMP is for doctoral students and early-career doctorated scholars from emerging markets, who want to create high-quality research and academic papers suitable for submission to AIB conferences and journals. Students and scholars need to be affiliated with an academic institution located in a country defined as having a low, lower-middle, or upper-middle-income economy by the World Bank (see list of countries here).

ESEMP aims to support young and early-career scholars to hone their research skills by providing them with the chance to engage with AIB Fellows and leading academics in the IB field.  It is designed to guide participants in submitting a paper to an AIB conference of their choice. Thanks to generous financial support, the program is free of charge, and participants will receive a complimentary AIB membership with all associated benefits (e.g., subscription to the Journal of International Business StudiesJournal of International Business Policy, and AIB Insights). 

How can I Apply for ESEMP?

Applicants will need to submit the following materials via our online application form:

  • 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 ESEMP is a 1-year program, 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

The application deadline is 1 November 2023. Decisions are communicated to successful applicants by November 11 2023.

How is ESEMP Structured?

Workshops will be offered via Zoom. There are two ESEMP cohorts (East and West) to accommodate different time zones of program participants.
  • ESEMP East 2023/2024 will be conducted from 7 am to 11 am GMT on the following dates:
    • December 7 (2023), February 1 (2024), April 4 (2024), June 6 (2024), August 1 (2024), October 31 (2024)
  • ESEMP West 2023/2024 will be conducted from 1 pm to 5 pm GMT on the following dates:
    • December 7 (2023), February 1 (2024), April 4 (2024), June 6 (2024), August 1 (2024), October 31 (2024)

Questions about these workshops can be directed to their respective facilitators:

What Topics will be Covered in this Program?

ESEMP participants will learn about:

  • Theories and debates in international business with a view from emerging markets
  • How to find a focus for your research
  • How to conduct and write a literature review
  • How to contribute to theory
  • How to conduct ethical research
  • How to gatherer and analyze data for qualitative research
  • How to gatherer and analyze data for quantitative research
  • Academic writing: how to craft a text to guide the reader
  • How to claim a contribution
  • How to submit to peer-reviewed journals and make sense of feedback