Diversity Programs Increasing Diversity in Political Science

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APSA Diversity Programs

The American Political Science Association has several major programs aimed at enhancing diversity within the discipline and identifying and aiding students and faculty from under-represented backgrounds in the political science discipline. These programs include:

  • Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship competition for those applying to graduate school, designed to increase the number of individuals from under-represented backgrounds with Ph.D.'s in political science and to encourage graduate institutions to mentor and to provide financial assistance to them.
  • 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 Ph.D. programs.
  • Minority Student Recruitment Project (MSRP) is a collaboration of undergraduate programs and graduate schools in political science created to identify undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in, or show potential for, graduate study and, ultimately, to help further diversify the political science profession.

APSA Mentoring Program

APSA's mentoring program to connects undergraduate, graduate students, and junior faculty to experienced and senior members of the profession for professional development mentoring. The APSA Mentor Program is a member benefit. For more information on the APSA Mentoring Program, request a mentor, or view other mentoring resources, please visit the following site:

APSA Mentoring Program

Grants, Fellowships, Scholarships and Funding Resources for Diversity and Minority Scholars 

Search among APSA and non-APSA sources for grants, fellowships and scholarships available to those interested in political science related opportunities and graduate programs.

APSA Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century

Is political science positioned to embrace and incorporate the changing demographics, increasing multicultural diversity, and ever-growing disparities in the concentration of wealth present in many nation-states? Can political science do so within its research, teaching, and professional development? These two questions were the focus of the work of the Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century. Read the full report:

APSA Status Committees

APSA Status Committees develop and promote agendas and activities concerning the professional development and current status of under-represented communities within the political science discipline. For listing of all APSA committees, includint the standing committies, please visit the

APSA African American Political Scientist Oral History Project

The African American Political Scientists Oral History Project contains interviews conducted between 1988-1994 of African American scholars and was part of the Pi Sigma Alpha-APSA Oral History Project directed by Malcolm E. Jewell and supported by Pi Sigma Alpha, APSA, the University of Kentucky, and the Ford Foundation. The advisory committee of the Black Oral History Program consisted of Twiley Barker, Jr., William Daniels, Jewel Prestage, Michael Preston, Mitchell Rice, and Maurice Woodard with contributions from Mae C. King. The collection is offiicially housed at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky.

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