The American Political Science Association (APSA) Advocacy Program advances the discipline of political science by educating policy makers and the citizenry about political science scholarship and education. We seek to increase federal support for basic and applied political science research and to promote independent peer review. Our activities address funding priorities across the discipline. The APSA is a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the National Humanities Alliance, the Coalition for International Education, and the Coalition for National Science Funding.
APSA members play a key role in informing policymakers and the public about political science research and education. APSA provides a variety of resources to assist our members in their outreach activities.
- Are you the recipient of NSF or NEH funding? Let your representatives know! See APSA’s template here.
- Sign up for action alerts from COSSA and the NHA, and join their annual advocacy days. APSA members receive discounts on registration. Contact [email protected] for more information.
- Learn other ways to advocate for political science and respond to current action alerts on our Member Action page.
FY18 Funding Bill Includes Good News for Political Science Research and Education.
On March 23, 2018 President Trump signed an FY18 omnibus spending bill (H.R. 1625
). The bill includes increases in federal funding for programs that support political science research and education. The bill includes approximately $153 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, a $3 million increase from FY17. The National Science Foundation’s budget was increased overall by nearly 4 percent from FY17, to $7.767 billion. The Department of Education’s Title VI and Fulbright-Hays international education and language programs received flat funding. The administration’s FY18 budget had eliminated funding for the two programs, and the original House appropriations bill eliminated funding for Fulbright-Hays. The appropriations package also includes $2.814 billion for
the Census Bureau in anticipation of the 2020 Census, nearly doubling the FY17
funding level of $1.47 billion. The award is $1.13 billion more than the White
House’s FY18 request.
FY19 Presidential Budget Request Released. The Presidential Budget Request for the 2019 fiscal year maintains essentially flat funding for the National Science Foundation and repeats its recommendation that the federal government end support for the National Endowment for the Humanities, international education programs at the Department of Education, and Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. The FY19 budget request initially proposed a $2.2 billion cut to NSF funding from enacted 2017 levels. However, the cut was negated in an addendum from the Office of Management and Budget that adjusted the proposals in light of the recently passed legislation that raised budget caps.
- Tuition Waivers Tax Rejected, Student Loan Interest Deduction Preserved in Final Tax Bill. On Friday, December 15 the House of Representatives filed the conference report reconciling the House and Senate versions of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The conference committee rejected the House bill’s provisions that would have treated tuition waivers as taxable income and would have removed the student loan interest deduction.
- Senate Appropriations Proposes Flat Funding for NEH. On November 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee released a draft FY18 funding bill for the Department of the Interior and related agencies. The legislation proposes $149 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, equal to FY17 enacted levels.
- House Passes Omnibus Spending Bill. The
House of Representatives passed an omnibus FY18 appropriations bill (
before the end of the 2017 fiscal year.
House Tax Bill Removes Provision Excluding Graduate Tuition Waivers from Income Tax. On November 16, the House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1). The bill amends the tax code to remove a provision excluding graduate student tuition waivers from income tax and removes interest rate deductions for student loans. A similar tax bill under consideration in the Senate does not remove the existing tax provisions for students. See APSA’s statement on the House legislation here.
- House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve NSF Funding. The House bill provides 7.34 billion dollars for the National Science Foundation, a $133 million decrease from the current fiscal year. The bill (H.R. 3267) holds flat the allocated budget for research and related activities at $6 billion. The Senate legislation (S.1662) allocates the NSF $7.31 billion for FY18, a 2.2 percent overall decrease from the current fiscal year. The Senate bill includes a 1.9 percent cut to funding for research and related activities. Overall, the both committees approved funding for the NSF at a higher level than the presidential budget request, which included $5.4 billion for research.
- House Appropriations Bill Includes No Funding for Fulbright-Hays. The House Appropriations Committee approved appropriations legislation for the Department of Education and other agencies (H.R. 3358) on July 19. The bill eliminates funding for the Fulbright-Hays program and includes flat funding for Title VI programs.
FY18 Presidential Budget Includes Severe Cuts to Programs that Support Political Science Research and Education.
The White House “proposes to begin shutting down the National Endowment for the Humanities” in 2018 and requests no funds for the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays international education programs at the Department of Education. The budget request
includes cuts of over 10 percent to the National Science Foundation. The budget request follows an earlier budget blueprint, released in March, that outlined the elimination of funding for the NEH and broad cuts to other programs. APSA's statement on the presidential budget request is available here