Under the esteemed patronage of Khalaf bin Ahmad Al Habtoor, the Al Habtoor Research Centre extends an invitation to young researchers from the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to apply for the AHRC Research Competition. Focused on the fields of early warning and future studies, the competition aims to explore new research perspectives and present innovative solutions formulated by young researchers to decision-makers, providing crucial support under the umbrella of Al Habtoor Research Centre.


Navigating the European Union’s Future: Between Continuity and Collapse

The European Union stands at a critical juncture, navigating the delicate balance between continuity and potential collapse. The challenges confronting the European integration project raise concerns about the Union’s viability and the looming prospect of disintegration. Since the aftermath of World War II, the European Union has achieved notable success, evolving into a paramount global economic and political force. Nevertheless, recent years have witnessed a diminishing trajectory of these achievements, marked by a spectrum of challenges, including:


  • The emergence of right-wing extremism across Europe, with several parties and politicians attaining power in various European countries and institutions. This signals the onset of a new era where European integration is perceived as a threat to national sovereignty.
  • A decline in the public’s favourable view of European integration, evident in opinion polls that indicate a significant erosion of confidence. Many Europeans now harbour doubts about the credibility of the European Union.
  • Ongoing expansions of the European Union, particularly towards Eastern Europe and the Balkans, pose a threat by evoking memories of past enlargements and introducing economic and geopolitical risks to EU member countries.
  • Economic and geopolitical threats, such as the global economic crisis and the persistent Russian-Ukrainian conflict, add complexities to the European Union’s challenges.


In light of these multifaceted dynamics, the European Union confronts a pivotal moment that necessitates careful navigation and strategic responses to safeguard its unity and purpose. Applicants have the flexibility to either address the theme tackling the points the points emphasized earlier or introduce new points.


To qualify for the competition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age limit: Not more than 25 years old.
  • Education: A graduate or enrolled in an Emirati or Egyptian university.
  • Research Interest: Demonstrated interest in the field of early warning and futures.
  • Knowledge: Demonstrated knowledge in regional and international transformations across political, security, social, and economic domains.
  • Analytical Skills: Applicants are required to have strong analytical skills and the ability to forecast and anticipate trends.


Before submitting, please review the guidelines provided to ensure all criteria are met.


Interested applicants must submit a research proposal and a writing sample adhering to the following criteria:


  • Originality: Proposals must be original, not previously presented or quoted elsewhere, providing the researcher’s analysis based on academic research and available data.
  • Relevance: The proposal should address a relevant problem or gap in the field of study, showcasing its significance and potential impact. Applicants are free to choose the topics of their writing samples.
  • Clarity: Clearly define the problem or gap, emphasising its scope, importance, and potential impact.
  • Objectives: Define research objectives precisely to convey the purpose and scope effectively.
  • Foresight and Impact: Demonstrate the potential future impact on the studied topic.
  • Language: Submit proposals in Arabic or English, ensuring correct spelling and grammar and avoiding common linguistic errors.
  • Citation and Referencing: Ensure adherence to the Chicago citation style for all submitted documents.
  • Word Count: Proposals should be no less than 1,500 words, and writing samples should be no less than 2,000 words.
  • Format and Compliance: Ensure compliance with guidelines on formats, word count, submission deadlines, and other requirements.


Winning proposals will receive an opportunity for paid training at the AHRC headquarters for two months and will be published in a special issue on the AHRC website.

Application Deadline and Submission

Research proposals and writing samples must be submitted by March 5, 2024, at 11:59 pm Cairo time.
To submit your application, please click the following link: https://forms.gle/R4ihh2rKr6sjFtrC9
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