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Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs

Through its facilities and endowed funding programs, APSA'S Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs celebrates the past by investing in the future. Opened in 2003, the centenary of APSA's establishment, the Centennial Center encourages individual research and writing in all fields of political science, facilitates collaboration among scholars working within the discipline and across the social and behavioral sciences and humanities, and promotes communication between scholars and policymakers.

The Centennial Center, its facilities, and research support programs continue to be made possible in part through the generous donations of APSA members. 

Current Opportunities and Information

Learn About Current Visiting Scholars
The Visiting Scholar Program hosts scholars from the United States and abroad in every field of study as they conduct research and teach in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Interested in what current Visiting Scholars at the Centennial Center are working on? Learn more here.

Centennial Center Teaching Workshop
APSA's Centennial Center will host a two-day, teaching-oriented workshop for faculty in the field of international relations. Led by Joyce Kaufman (Whittier College) and Victor Asal (SUNY-Albany), this workshop will take place October 20-21, 2017 at APSA’s national office in Washington, DC. Learn more about the workshop here. Approximately 15 faculty members will be invited to participate in the workshop, which will focus on sharing and developing teaching resources for international relations courses. Applicants should have at least 3 years’ experience teaching their own IR-related course (Intro to International Relations, US Foreign Policy, World Politics, etc). 

2016-2017 Centennial Center Research Grant Deadlines Set
The Centennial Center is pleased to announce two research grant deadlines for the 2017-2018 grant year. Applications from APSA members for supplemental research support will be accepted for a deadline of December 15, 2017 and June 15, 2018. To learn more about our available grant funds and the process of applying for a research grant, please click here.

Artinian Fund Applications
The Edward Artinian Fund for Publishing offers up to $7,000 to support early-career scholars in publishing their research. The award is intended to support a lead organizer or small team in identifying and 6-10 research manuscripts for publication. The organizer(s) will also serve as a special issue editor or editorial team to advance the research towards publication. Organizers will convene a writing workshop to bring authors together for a period of revision, editing, and networking. The next deadline for applications will be December 2017. Learn more about the Artinian Fund application here.

Centennial Center Research Grants

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs assists APSA members with the costs of research, including travel, interviews, access to archives, or costs for a research assistant. Funds can also be used to assist scholars in publishing their research. Grants can range in size from $500 to $10,000, depending upon the research fund.

Your membership with APSA must be active in order to be eligible for a grant. You do not need to be a member of our visiting scholar program in order to be eligible for a grant. Senior or junior faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about the Centennial Center research grant program here.

Centennial Center Fellowships

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs houses several fellowship programs for ASPA members, all supported by generous donations and bequests.

Pracademic Fellowship Program: This program provides APSA member academics in the fields of public policy and public administration with practical, hands-on experience off campus that recipients can take back to institutions and classrooms to help build bridges between the worlds of academe and applied politics. Read more about the Pracademic Program here.

Kenneth Sherrill Prize: The Prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues in political science. The purpose of the Prize is to encourage and enable empirical work on LGBT topics by graduate students, and broaden the recognition of this work within political science. Read more about the prize here.

William A. Steiger Fellowship: Incoming Congressional Fellows are eligible to apply for a grant from the William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies to spend up to two months at the Centennial Center, carrying out a research project on legislative studies, in advance of the main fellowship year. APSA members interested in the Steiger Fellowship as part of their Congressional Fellowship experience must express their interest while applying for the Congressional Fellowship Program.

Centennial Center Visiting Scholar Program

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs assists scholars from the United States and abroad whose research and teaching would benefit from a stay in Washington, D.C. and access to the resources available in the nation's capital.

The Center can host scholars for short periods to extended periods of time, ranging from weeks to months. All APSA members are eligible to use the Center. Senior or junior faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about the Visiting Scholar Program here.

Lipset Library & Wildavsky Conference Room

The Centennial Center library, named for former APSA president Seymour Martin Lipset, is an enclosed space designed for collaborative and short-term resident work. The Lipset Library can house small meetings or interview sessions and has plug-in capabilities available for scholars using the Center on a short-term basis. The library also houses APSA’s archives of PS: Political Science & Politics, the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics. and APSA award-winning books.

The Wildavsky Conference Room, named in honor of former APSA president Aaron Wildavsky, provides meeting space for visiting scholars conducting symposia or interviews. It is available to organizations, schools, or individuals needing classroom, meeting, or reception space for small events (up to 30 people). This space was made possible by generous gift donations from the University of Louisville and the Wildavsky family.

For inquiries about using the Lipset Library or Wildavsky Conference room for events, symposia, or interviews, please email [email protected].

Who We Are

Betsy Super
Senior Director, Research & Development
Betsy Super is the Senior Director of Research and Development. She oversees research support programs for ASPA members including the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs, small research grants, travel grants, and the ethics program. She also leads the association’s research on the profession, and individual & Institutional development. From 2011 to 2014 Betsy led International Programs at APSA, overseeing the Africa and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Workshops supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York. Prior to joining APSA, Betsy worked at the University of Edinburgh on an ESRC-funded project investigating party positioning on immigration and EU membership, and was the first project officer for the Public Policy Network. Her scholarly work has been published in Scandinavian Political Studies, Acta Politica, and Environmental Politics, among others. Betsy received her BA in Government from Dartmouth College and PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Connie Sinclair
Coordinator, Research & Development
Connie Sinclair is the coordinator for research and development at APSA. At the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs, Connie is responsible for the day to day management of the Visiting Scholar Program, and the Center's scholarly fellowships. Aside from the Centennial Center, her responsibilities at APSA include the association's award program recognizing excellence in the discipline, travel grants to the APSA Annual Meeting and Teaching and Learning Conference, and the association's development initiatives, including the Generation to Generation Campaign supporting the Ralph Bunche Fund. Connie worked in Washington, D.C.'s vibrant legal sector before joining APSA in 2015, with extensive prior experience in the corporate sphere and at the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Learn more about the Centennial Center Advisory Board for 2016-2017 here.

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