Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association (APSA) is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 11,000 members in more than 100 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world.

APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (DFP)

The APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (formerly known as the APSA Minority Fellowship Program or MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. Applicants They should be engaged in (or planning to pursue) political science research and scholarship primarily focused on race, ethnicity, gender, systemic racism, LGBTQ politics, disability politics, indigenous politics, or tribal sovereignty and governance.

Fall Cycle

Applicants for the DFP Fall Cycle must be undergraduate seniors, recent graduates, or other individuals (including students in terminal MA programs) in the process of applying for PhD programs in political science.  Awarded fellows will receive $5000, disbursed over two years.

Spring Cycle

Applicants for the Diversity Fellowship Program Spring Cycle must be a first or second year graduate student, and currently enrolled in a political science PhD program. A letter of enrollment verification is required. Fellows will receive a one-time award of $2000 to support their graduate study. Masters students are not eligible for the spring cycle of the fellowship.

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