Grants, Scholarships, and Other Opportunities for Minorities

APSA Programs

For information on minority programs sponsored by APSA, see Minority and Diversity Programs.

Other Information Resources

Seminars, Summer Institutes, and Residence Programs


Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, an annual five-week program designed to introduce undergraduate minority students to the world of graduate study and to encourage application to Ph.D programs.


American Bar Foundation Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship & Mentoring Program Minorities encouraged to apply.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Scholars-in-Residence Program 
Schomburg Center, New York Public Library, New York, New York

Graduate Fellowships, Grants, Fellowships, Awards

American Bar Foundation Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship & Mentoring Program/America Bar Foundation Doctoral Fellowships in Law and Social Science

The American Bar Foundation is an organization dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal practices, and the law's impact on our society. Located in Chicago, the American Bar Foundation is the nation's leading research institute for the empirical study of law. We have 2 funding opportunities available for doctoral students. The fellowships are similar and both have application deadlines in December 2010. One is the American Bar Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the other is a joint venture sponsored by the Law and Society Association, along with the ABF and the National Science Foundation.

2011 AAHHE/ETS Outstanding Dissertation Competition


The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) is sponsoring its 3rd annual competition to find Hispanic doctoral candidates and promote the presence of Hispanics in higher-education settings. The goals of this competition are to encourage greater numbers of prepared students to enter and successfully complete doctoral programs and to enhance the quality of the dissertations they write.


The Erskine A. Peters Dissertation Year Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame

The fellowship has two overall goals: (1) to enable outstanding African American doctoral candidates at the ABD level to devote their full energies to the completion of the dissertation, and (2) to provide opportunities for African American scholars to experience life at the University of Notre Dame, a major Catholic research institution. 

Ford Foundation Programs

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs are designed to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  Their programs include support for predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral work.

Frances C. Allen Fellowships

This fellowship is for women of Native American heritage. While candidates for this award may be working in any graduate or pre-professional field, the particular goal of the Allen Fellowship is to encourage Native American women in their studies of the humanities and social sciences. Financial support varies according to need and may include travel expenses. Allen Fellows are expected to spend a significant part of their tenure in residence at the Newberry's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. The tenure of the fellowship is from one month to one year; the fellowship provides up to $8,000 in approved expenses. Please note: applicants for the Allen Fellowship must fill out a supplementary form in addition to the cover sheet for special awards and fellowships.

Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program 

The program is open to scholars and practitioners under the age of 36 interested in building third-sector capacity in the United States and overseas. The 2007 fellows will be selected from abroad and also from communities of color under-represented in the U.S. grantmaking sector. Fellows are based at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where they design and pursue an   individualized research project and participate in a three-month seminar (March 1 to May 31, 2007) on the U.S. and international voluntary sectors. 

Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program  

The IIPP Fellowship program provides students with specially designed education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. Students are recruited from across the nation and apply as sophomores to participate in a multi-year sequence of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, and graduate study, complemented by career development services along the way.

NSF Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Supporting Activities

These fellowships provide support for training and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in a host institution in only biology and social, behavioral, and economic sciences within the purview of the National Science Foundation. Supporting activities are travel grants to graduate students to visit prospective sponsors and starter research grants for Fellows.

Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program

The Doctoral Scholars Program Award offers students a 5-year package of support. For the first three years, each scholar is awarded a waiver of tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state); an annual stipend and expenses associated with the Doctoral Scholars Program annual meeting. Support in the final two years of the award is negotiated on an individual basis. Awardees also receive professional development support. 

University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and eligibility for a hiring incentive to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students   

The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, a grantmaking program of the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, annually offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups.

Other Sources

For additional information on the APSA website about funding opportunities, see Grants in the Discipline.  

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