The APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grant for Early Career Scholars supports the advancement of research goals and professional development of early career political science scholars. The grant will award scholars whose research areas focus on one or more of the following target research areas:

  • race, ethnicity and politics
  • racial and social justice
  • systemic racism, inequality and inequity
  • gender, sexuality and politics
  • LGBTQ+ politics
  • accessibility politics

Qualitative, quantitative, interpretive, mixed methodological, political philosophy, and theory approaches are welcome. Collaboratively-authored projects are welcome.


Grants will range between $2000 – $2500. Funds can be used to support: access to data or archival records, paying undergraduate or graduate student research assistants, purchasing statistical software to facilitate research; costs associated with manuscript preparation, costs associated with travel for fieldwork or research site visits, and professional development activities (such skills or methods training acquisition).


Applicants must be in the early career stage. For the purposes of this grant, an early career individual is defined as an individual who has earned a PhD in political science no more than six years ago and, who can be described as pre-tenure, contingent faculty, a post-doctoral fellow, a practitioner political scientist who works outside of the academic sector, or recent PhDs who are on the job market for a political science related position. Applicants must demonstrate that their research area focus falls within one or more of the aforementioned target research areas.

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