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Read the APSA Diversity and Inclusion Program Newsletter - Winter 2017!

Achieving diversity and inclusion in political science is a priority for the American Political Science Association. Recognizing the many differences, among them — demographic, substantive, intellectual, pedagogical, methodological, and institutional — and leveraging this variation is critical not only to the success of individual political scientists but to the strength and longevity of the disciplinary enterprise. The individual and collective creativity and innovation required for disciplinary responses to an ever-changing world depend on our ability to harness the variety of unique contributions and differences in our research, teaching, and service. The role of APSA is to facilitate this endeavor. [2015 RBSI Program Photos: Shaun King].

Current Opportunities & Information

The APSA Ombuds will available during the 2017 annual meeting to speak with any meeting attendee on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, consultation with any meeting attendees who believe that they have experienced any form of harassment, or have concerns about violations of the sexual harassment provisions of the APSA anti-harassment policy while onsite at the 2017 annual meeting.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Review the resources and information.

  • 2016 Election Reflection Series! 
    In the weeks following the 2016 Election, APSA will be posting a series of 2016 Election Reflections from APSA members on a diverse collection of topics including race, ethnicity and the 2016 election, gender and politics, and pieces addressing the political behavior and public opinion of a wide-ranging collection of communities. Read the reflections!

 Resources for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion
APSA Programs Promoting Diversity

Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship provides support for individuals from under-represented backgrounds applying to and currently enrolled in doctoral programs in political science.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) is an annual five-week program designed to introduce undergraduate students from under represented racial/ethnic groups or students interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups to the world of graduate study and to encourage application to PhD programs. This is the 31st year of RBSI excellence! The 2017 RBSI program, held at Duke University, runs from May 28-June 29, 2017.

Contribute today to the APSA Ralph Bunche Programs Endowment Fund! Contribute Button

Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP)

Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP) is a collaboration between undergraduate and graduate programs in political science that connects undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in, or show potential for, graduate study with graduate programs interested in recruiting diverse cohorts of doctoral students.

APSA Mentoring Program

APSA Mentoring Program
The Mentoring Program connects undergraduate, graduate students, and junior faculty to experienced and senior members of the profession for professional development mentoring. .

Fund for Latino Scholarship

Fund for Latino Scholarship
The primary purpose of the Fund for Latino Scholarship is to encourage and support the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latino/a political scientists. A secondary goal is to support research on Latino/a politics. 2017 Application deadline: June 15, 2017.

APSA Status Committees

APSA Status Committees

The American Political Science Association status committees develop reports and projects, and promote activities concerning advancement through the pipeline and the professional development of scholars from underrepresented groups within the political science discipline.

Diversity and Inclusion Programs FAQs

FAQs: Have questions? Visit the Diversity and Inclusion Programs Frequently Asked Questions.

Awarding Excellence in the Profession

  • Ralph J. Bunche Award [$1,000]: For the best scholarly work in political science published in the previous calendar year on ethnic and cultural pluralism.
  • Victoria Schuck Award [$1,000]: For the best book published in the previous calendar year on women and politics.
  • All APSA Awards: Books, Career, Dissertation, Papers/Articles

Other Resources: View APSA Status Committees .

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