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APSA Graduate Student eNewsletter

Summer 2009

News for Graduate Students

In this Summer 2009 eNewsletter for Graduate Students, APSA is pleased to provide graduate student members with information about the upcoming 2009 APSA Annual Meeting as well as research opportunities and developments in political science.

We would like to hear your questions, suggestions, or comments. Send your feedback and questions to [email protected].


  1. Register and Book Hotel by August 1; Bring Your Passport
  2. Attend 2009 Annual Meeting Events for Graduate Students
  3. Job Interviews at the APSA Annual Meeting
  4. Participate in an Annual Meeting Working Group
  5. Professional Development Workshops & Short Courses
  6. Networking Opportunities at Annual Meeting Receptions
  7. APSA Coffee Hour for APSA Minority Fellows and Bunche Scholars


  1. Smith Richardson Foundation
  2. Harvard Graduate Conference in Political Theory
  3. Social Science Research Council Opportunities
  4. The APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship
  5. APSA Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs
  6. Grants in the Profession


  1. Prepare for the 2010 Annual Teaching & Learning Conference
  2. Find Upcoming Conferences and Calls for Proposals
  3. Visit the APSA Graduate Student Connection Online!
  4. Participate in APSA’s Mentoring Initiative
  5. Nominate Students for the Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP)
  6. Free APSA Memberships for First Year Graduate Students
  7. Take the 2009 APSA Student Survey!

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  1. Register and Book Hotel by August 1; Bring Your Passport
    Registration is now open for the APSA Annual Meeting to be held in Toronto, ON, Canada, September 3-6, 2009. There is a student registration rate. If you have not already done so, register for the meeting, book your hotel room, and renew your passport as soon as possible!

    Registration Rates:

    Membership Status

    by August 1

    after Aug. 1

    Professional Members*



    Student, High School Teachers and  Unemployed Members






    *Regular (including Community College Members), Life, Associate, Family, and Retired Members
  2. Attend 2009 Annual Meeting Events for Graduate Students
    The APSA Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of political scientists and an unrivalled venue for graduate students to take advantage of a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities.  Among the 1,000 panels, and sessions, some important events you shouldn’t miss in Toronto include:

    • The Methods Café (Thursday, September 3, 12:15 PM)
    • APSA Mentor and Networking Reception (Thursday, September 3, 5:30pm)
    • Pi Sigma Alpha Lecture: Kevin Phillips, "Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism" (Thursday, September 3, 6:30 PM)
    • The Graduate Student Happy Hour (Thursday, September 3, 6:30 PM)
    • The 2010 Presidential Address by APSA President Peter Katzenstein (Thursday, September 3, 8:00 PM)
    • The 105th Annual Meeting Opening Reception (Thursday, September 3, 9:00 PM)
    • The 40th Anniversary of the APSA Minority Fellowship Program: Promoting Scholarship and Diversity (Friday, September 4, 2:00 PM)
    • Reception Honoring Teaching (Friday, September 4, 7:00 PM)
    • Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Poster Sessions (Saturday, September 4, 10:15 AM)
    • APSA Minority Fellowship Program 40th Anniversary Reception (Saturday, September 5, 6:00 PM)

    APSA Plenaries:

    • Plenary Session Great Debate: How Free Should Hate Speech Be?
    • Plenary Session: Barack Obama: The Politics of Change
    • New Political Science Plenary Address, delivered by Tom Hayden: Movements Against Machiavellians, the Theory and Practice of Social Change
    • Foundations of Political Theory Plenary: Charles Taylor, "The Many Forms of Secularism"

    To search the comprehensive online program or find out more about these events or specific panels, go to the 2009 Online Annual Meeting Program.

    Stay tuned: In the coming week, APSA will add a new personal schedule tool so you can save events to your own schedule and download to Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook and Excel!
  3. Job Interviews at the APSA Annual Meeting
    Interview for a job during the Annual Meeting through the eJobs Placement Service, which helps job candidates and prospective employers set up interviews during the Annual Meeting.

    To take part, add your CV/resume to the eJobs system and contact employers signed up for the Placement Service to schedule interviews BEFORE you arrive at the conference. You must be a member to use the interview service. Not a member, join at the discounted graduate student rate:

    APSA's eJobs job database and the Placement Service contain the most comprehensive listing of political science jobs. Updated daily with new job listings and candidate resumes, eJobs is fully searchable by field of interest, name of employer/candidate, region, keyword, position, salary, type of institution, and most recent postings. Click on the following link for more information: More information on the Placement Service.

  4. Placement Service area hours:

    • Thursday, 9/3: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 9/4: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, 9/5: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, 9/6: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Check the Annual Meeting Program onsite for location. All Placement Service participants, employers and candidates must be 1). registered for the Annual Meeting, and 2). badges must be displayed in the Placement Service area.

    If you have additional questions about the Placement Service or eJobs, you can review the Frequently Asked Questions list and/or contact Leiloni Hayward at [email protected].
  5. Sign-Up to Participate in an Annual Meeting Working Group
    APSA Working Groups consist of small groups of scholars who convene throughout the conference to discuss a common topic in-depth. Working Groups will draw on the rich and diverse content of the Annual Meeting and allow small groups the opportunity to interact intensively on a common set of themes. Working Groups are intended to enrich graduate student participation by creating a community experience and encourage networking.  With 13 established topics ranging from Democratic Policy Processes to Citizenship and Migration, there is a Working Group for every graduate student. You can find a detailed listing of Working Groups at Space is limited, so sign up today!
  6. Professional Development Workshops & Short Courses
    APSA will host a professional day on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. The short courses provide diverse opportunities for professional development and in-depth exposure to research topics and methods for all graduate students. Some short courses you might be interested in include:

    To view a full listing of these unique sessions that are open to interested attendees, go to:
  7. Networking Opportunities at Annual Meeting Receptions
    This is your opportunity to network with senior scholars from all over the country by attending some of the many receptions at the Annual Meeting. You may find a comprehensive list of these events at
  8. APSA Coffee Hour for Minority Fellows and Bunche Scholars
    The APSA Office of Educational, Professional, and Minority Initiatives is hosting an APSA Coffee Hour for Minority Fellows and Bunche Scholars on Thursday, Sep 3, 2009 at 1:30 PM at the Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    All are welcome, especially all past and current Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Scholars and APSA Minority Fellows in graduate school.


  1. Smith Richardson Foundation
    The mission of the Smith Richardson Foundation is to promote organizations willing to contribute to important public debates and to help address serious public policy challenges facing the United States. The Foundation seeks to help ensure the vitality of America’s social, economic, and governmental institutions. It also seeks to assist with the development of effective policies to compete internationally and to advance U.S. interests and values abroad. For additional information, please visit
  2. Harvard Graduate Conference in Political Theory
    The Department of Government at Harvard University will host a conference for graduate students in political theory and political philosophy. Papers on any theme or topic from the history of political thought to contemporary normative and conceptual theory will be considered.

    Dates: October 30- 31, 2009
    Location: Harvard University Cambridge, MA
    Call for submissions deadline: August 10, 2009
    Notifications sent: Early September 2009
  3. Social Science Research Council Opportunities
    The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators and younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship. Although SSRC fellowship and grant programs take a variety of forms, they share the goals of supporting innovative knowledge production and of building research capacity in areas of critical social importance.

    Please visit for a listing of all available fellowships.
  4. The Fund for Latino Scholarship—Application deadline Friday, July 31
    Going to the 2009 APSA Annual Meeting? Are you studying Latino politics in the U.S.? The Fund for Latino Scholarship, created to encourage and support the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latino/a political scientists, is now accepting applications. Priority will be given to young scholars seeking travel assistance to attend the 2009 APSA Annual Meeting and institutional proposals for student recruitment and retention. For more information, including an application, please visit
  5. Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs
    The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs encourages research, writing, and collaboration among scholars working within the political science discipline. Located in the Association’s headquarters in Dupont Circle, the Centennial Center assists scholars from the US and abroad whose research and teaching could benefit from a stay in and access to the incomparable resources in the nation’s capital. The Center has space for ten visiting scholars for extended periods of time ranging from a few weeks to a year. For more information or an application please visit the Centennial Center website at

  6. Grants and Funding for Graduate Students
    APSA has a sizable directory of grants and funding opportunities listed on the APSA website including the opportunites listed above. The list contains both private and public funding sources. When available, the item links to the organization responsible for the program, otherwise the item links to contact information for further details. Review the grant directory.


  1. Prepare for the 2010 APSA Teaching & Learning Conference
    APSA is pleased to announce that the 2010 Teaching and Learning Conference will take place on February 5-7, 2010 at the Sheraton-Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming call for papers!

    The Teaching and Learning Conference is a unique meeting in which APSA strives to promote greater understanding of cutting-edge approaches, techniques, and methodologies for the political science classroom. The Teaching and Learning Conference provides a forum for scholars, both faculty and graduate students, to share effective and innovative teaching and learning models and to discuss broad themes and values of political science education. Please visit the Teaching and Learning Conference web page for the most up-to-date information:

  2. Find Upcoming Conferences and Calls for Proposals
    Date Conference ("Call" indicates call for submissions deadline)
    July 2009
    31 Call: Global Citizenship for the 21st Century
    31 Call for Papers: ISSS/ISAC Annual Conference 2009
    August 2009
    1 Call: Legal Subjectivity, Popular/Community Justice and Human Rights in Latin America
    1 Call: The Absent Center: A Graduate Student Conference on Contemporary Issues in Political Theology
    1 Call: 7th International Conference on Rethinking Marxism
    1-9 Interactivity Foundation – Course Development Institute for Courses Using Student-Centered Discussion
    3-7 Institute for Constitutional Studies Workshop: "The Constitutional Legacy of the American Revolution"
    5 Call: Southern Political Science Association 81st Annual Conference
    6-8 The International Prison Privatization Experience: A Transatlantic and Transpacific Dialogue
    7 2009 Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting
    10-14 2009 Advanced Oral History Summer Institute
    15 Call: Rhetoric, Politics, and the Obama Phenomenon
    15 Call: Mid-America Alliance for African Studies: Africa and the Environment
    15 Call: California Regional Conference on Faith and History
    20-22 The World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2009
    25 Call: 2009 Meeting of the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies
    28-30 Annual Meeting of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP)
    30 Call: Kwame Nkrumah International Conference: From Colonization to Globalization: The Intellectual and Political Legacies of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Africa's Future
    31 Call: The New Asian Political Economy : The Global Financial Crisis and Beyond
    Upcoming APSA Conferences
    Sept. 3-6 2009 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition (Toronto, ON, Canada)
    Feb. 5-7 2010 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
  3. Find more conferences in the complete conference calendar.

  4. Visit the APSA Graduate Student Connection Online!
    Please visit the APSA Graduate Student Connection page,, for updates on programs for graduate students, resources, conferences and other opportunities for political science graduate students.  We also post information about many other resources on that page.  We encourage you to check it out and to let us know what you think.
  5. Participate in APSA’s Mentoring Initiative
    The APSA Mentoring Initiative is an opportunity for all students, faculty and political scientists to network and share experiences and insights about career planning, scholarship, and a variety of professional issues.

    Find A Mentor: Graduate students, young scholars and teachers, minorities and women, senior faculty confronting retirement, or any colleagues in the discipline may sign up for a mentor. When you request a mentor, you will be provided with a list of contacts in the field who have expressed willingness to serve as a mentor on the issues that you specify. You may then select from this list the individual you would like to contact and then contact them directly. Visit the "Find an APSA Mentor" page to learn more.
  6. Nominate Students for the Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP)
    Teaching Assistants (TA’s) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRA’s) are encouraged to contact and talk to students from underrepresented backgrounds about careers in political science, and then submit the names of promising candidates for graduate study to the MSRP database. APSA seeks your assistance in initiative particularity due to your interactions with prospective graduate students. The program complements the important efforts already made through the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute and APSA Minority Fellows Program.

    If you have encountered promising undergraduates, please ask their faculty advisor to submit their information to the MSRP project. You can also encourage the student to submit their own information to APSA. For more information please visit or contact Kimberly Mealy, PhD, Program Director [email protected]
  7. Department Sponsored Student Membership
    Connecting with your professional association is a key aspect of professional growth.  Do you have friends in your department who aren't APSA members? Encourage them to join APSA. Check with the graduate program director about the Department Sponsored Student Membership. The program is open to Masters and first and second year Ph.D. students, and provides one year of free student membership with the cost being shared by the student's department and APSA. Learn more at
  8. Take the 2009 APSA Student Survey!
    We want to hear from you. Once you have read this newsletter, please take a few minutes to respond to a short survey. Your responses will help us to improve existing programs and to generate ideas for new initiatives. Visit the following link to take the survey:

The APSA Graduate Student eNewsletter provides graduate student members with information about APSA programs, the Annual Meeting, and other events. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, we'd like to hear from you. Send an email to [email protected].   

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