The American Political Science Association awards grants, fellowships, and scholarships with the aim of advancing education and research in political science. There are also many outside organizations that provide important sources of funding and support for political science faculty and students. The information below represents a selection of grants, fellowships, and other opportunities sponsored by APSA and major funding organizations.
APSA also maintains a listing of open grants, awards and fellowship opportunities submitted by outside organizations here.
Sponsored by APSA
Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs
The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs assists APSA members with a wide selection of funds to assist with the costs of research, including travel, interviews, and access to archives. The Centennial Center also hosts a visiting scholar program.
Fund for Latino Scholarship
The fund awards grants to initiatives that identify and encourage promising Latino/a undergraduates to enter the profession of political science; provide professional opportunities and financial assistance to Latino/a graduate students in political science programs; support the teaching, research and publishing activities of junior-level, tenure track Latino/a political science faculty; and support activities that advance our knowledge of Latino/a politics.
Small Research Grant Program
The APSA Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to provide funding opportunities for research conducted by political scientists not employed at PhD-granting departments in the field, or who are in non-tenure track or contingent positions ineligible for departmental funding.
Congressional Fellowship Program
The Congressional Fellowship Program is a 9-month fellowship that gives political scientists first-hand insights into U.S. Congress through placements in Senate and House offices.
Minority Fellowship Program
The Minority Fellowship Program is for individuals from under-represented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups.
Organizations Providing Grants, Fellowships and Workshops in the Discipline
The National Science Foundation
The NSF funds a variety of grants related to research and professional development in the social sciences. These grants include the Faculty Early Career Development Program, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Program, and the NSF SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.
The NEH awards include projects in the social sciences that have a humanistic bent and use humanistic methods. Funding opportunities are available within divisions of research programs, education programs, public programs, preservation and access, and digital humanities. These grants include research fellowships, collaborative research grants, summer research stipends, and summer institutes for school teachers and college faculty. Organizations, colleges, and universities can also apply for a variety of grant programs aimed at strengthening humanities teaching and scholarship.
The SSRC awards fellowships, grants and prizes to social science researchers and students in a range of disciplines. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America. Fellowships and grants include dissertation workshops, book manuscript completion grants, the Albert O. Hirschmann Prize, predoctoral research grants, and summer institutes.
IIE offers a range of fellowships and programs for international study, teaching, and research at accredited academic institutions throughout the world. Programs include the Fulbright, the Ford Foundational International Fellowships Program, the Confucius China Studies Program, the Boren Fellowship, and the Benjamin Gilman International Studies program. IIE programs provide funding for scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students.