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Centennial Center Research Grant Program

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.

The typical Centennial Center grant for an individual scholar is between $1,000 and $2,500, but can reach a maximum size of $10,000 for workshops and events or projects in support of the profession, depending on the research fund and the nature of the grant proposal.

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


Call for Special Projects Fund Applications NEW! 

The American Political Science Association is pleased to offer new special projects funds grants of up to $25,000 for projects aimed at advancing the discipline and/or tackling a challenge facing the discipline. 

Apply for a 2017-2018 Centennial Center Research Grant Here!

The Centennial Center offers two research grant deadlines for the 2017-2018 grant year. Applications from APSA members for supplemental research support will be accepted for grant cycles ending on Friday, December 15, 2017 and Friday, June 15, 2018.

Note: Applications for Centennial Center funding in June 2018 must be limited to the Second Century Fund, the Steiger Fund, the Presidency Research Fund, the Warren Miller Fund, the Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Fund, or the Rita Mae Kelly Fund. Other Centennial Center funds are not available until December 2018. 

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read all of the information below and contact the Centennial Center team with any questions prior to submitting their application for support.

What grant funds does the Centennial Center offer?

The Center offers a wide selection of funds, each supporting a different, specific research purpose.

Each fund has a different limits on the maximum size of a research grant they can support. If you have questions about the level of funding that a Centennial research fund can provide, please contact our team before applying.

  • Second Century Fund: Supports general professional opportunity grants, including research and teaching affiliated with the Centennial Center.
  • Edward Artinian Fund for Publishing: The Artinian Fund supports programs that encourage and assist early career scholars in publishing their research. Applications for this fund should follow the collaborative publication concept specified in the Call for Applications.
  • Marguerite Ross Barnett Fund: Supports research on diversity, cultural nationalism, African-American voting behavior, education policy, or urban and minority policy and politics.
  • James Bryce Fund for Political Science: Supports the global study of political life and the internationalization of the political science discipline.
  • Fund for Latino Scholarship: This fund supports Latino/a graduate study as well as Latino/a scholarship, research, and activities that advance our knowledge of Latino/a politics. Additionally, the fund is used to support Latino/a junior faculty. The Fund for Latino Scholarship is administered by the Latino Caucus in Political Science/Sector Latino de Ciencia Politica.
  • Huang Hsing Chun-tu Hsueh Fellowship Fund: The Chun-tu Hsueh Fund supports international scholarship, especially from Asia.
  • Warren E. Miller Fund in Electoral Politics: The Miller Fund supports research in national and comparative electoral politics.
  • Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Civic Education Fund: The Ostrom Fund supports the critical role of citizens in a democratic polity.
  • Presidency Research Fund: Supports scholars conducting work on the presidency, and whose work brings them to Washington, D.C. to examine executive politics.
  • Rita Mae Kelly Fund: Supports research on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and political power.
  • William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies: The Steiger Fund enables Congressional Fellowship Program alumni to extend their stays in Washington for research. It also supports scholarly research in any aspect of domestic or international legislative politics.
  • Paul A. Volcker Fund: Promotes and supports excellence in research and theory on public administration issues affecting governance in the United States and abroad. This award is administered by the Organized Section for Public Administration.
  • Women & Politics Fund: Supports scholarship in the field of women and politics.

Who's eligible for a Centennial Center research grant?

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 all strongly encouraged to apply.

What costs does a Centennial Center research grant cover?

A Centennial grant 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. Indirect costs (using grant funds for rent or overhead) and fringe benefits are not covered by a Centennial Center research grant. If you have questions about what a grant covers, please contact the Centennial Center team before applying at [email protected].

How do I apply for a Centennial Center grant?

Applications for the Centennial Center research grant program require:

  • A copy of your CV
  • An abstract (1 page in length)
  • Project statement (up to five pages in length) including a detailed description of the topic; the originality of the proposed study; a summary of the basic ideas and hypotheses; the methodology to be used; the present status of your research; the relevance of your grant application to the grant fund(s) selected; the materials that will be used, and, if applicable, the importance of Washington-area resources to your research.
  • Two recommendations are required for Centennial Center grant applications. Your recommendations should speak to the specific research being proposed, as well as your qualifications to undertake it (not required for Artinian Fund applications).

The next application deadline for Centennial Center research grants is Friday, June 15, 2018. The application can be found here.

Applications for the Fund for Latino Scholarship and the Paul Volcker Fund are administered separately from other Centennial Center research grant funds. If you are interested in seeking funding from either fund, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Applications for the Visiting Scholar Program are also separate from applications for a research grant. If you are interested in supplementing your grant with a stay in the Centennial Center, click here for more information.

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