APSA Minority Fellows Program

The 2015-2016 APSA MFP Application will be available soon. The deadline will be Friday, October 24, 2014

The APSA Minority Fellowship Program celebrates 45 years!

The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of under-represented scholars in the discipline. Since 1969, the APSA Minority Fellowship has designated more than 500 Fellows, both funded and unfunded, and contributed to the completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals.

Fellowship Eligibility

The APSA Minority Fellows program is designed for minority or underrepresented students applying to enter doctoral programs in political science for Fall 2015. Eligibility criteria include:

  • Applicants must apply for admisiin to a political science graduate program for the 2015-2016 school year
  • Applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal and state recognized tribes)
  • Applicants must be college/university seniors, college/university graduates, or students currently enrolled in a Master's Program
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen at time of application

Application Preparation

In preparation for the opening of the call for applications, please begin preparing the following materials now if you are interested in submitting an application:

Resume, GRE score report, transcript, three letters of reference, and personal statement (500 words maximum detailing your interest in pursuing a PhD in political science, fields of interest, how to plan on contributing to the profession in terms of research and teaching, and your career goals).

Application deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014

Questions? Contact [email protected]

APSA celebrates 45 years of the Minority Fellowship Program!

Alumni and friends of the program gathered to celebrate the fellowship program at the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting in Washington DC at the APSA Ralph Bunche Fellows & Minority Fellows Program Coffee Hour.



About the APSA Minority Fellowship Program

Program Background

The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline.  In 2009, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the program, MFP Alumni and former APSA Staff members who worked with the program gathered at the 2009 Annual Meeting for a Roundtable entitled: "The 40th Anniversary of the APSA Minority Fellowship Program: Promoting Scholarship and Diversity" and for a 40th Anniversary Reception.

Since 1969, the APSA Minority Fellowship has designated more than 500 Fellows, both funded and unfunded, and contributed to the completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals. The Association has refocused and increased efforts to assist minority students in completing their doctorates by concentrating not only on minority recruitment, but also assisting with the retention of these groups within the profession.

The APSA Minority Fellows Program designates up to twelve stipend minority fellows each year. Additional applicants who do not receive funds from the Association may also be recognized and recommended for admission and financial support to graduate political science programs. Fellows with stipends receive a $4,000 fellowship.

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