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Individual Membership Benefits

Knowledge and Information Sharing

Knowledge and information sharing is the cornerstone of APSA’s mission, as it plays a vital role in creating awareness that derives from sharing information, skills, and expertise that is exchanged among our members. Discover the latest developments in the field by taking advantage of our many resources.

  • APSA Journals (member login required): APSA publishes four leading peer-reviewed political science journals:  
    American Political Science Review
    • Perspectives on Politics
    • PS: Political Science & Politics
    • Journal of Political Science Education
  • JSTOR (member login required): For a $15 annual subscription rate, you have access to one of the most trusted online resources for information and knowledge. You are entitled access to a vast digital archive to the following head titles:
    • American Political Science Review
    • PS: Political Science and Politics

    • Proceedings of the American Political Science Association
    Perspectives on Politics
    • Political Science Quarterly

    • Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science
    *Please note that JSTOR subscriptions are co-terminus with your APSA Membership.
  • Member Bookshelf (member login required): Provides a selection of free books for members to download and use immediately.  
  • PS Now: The association’s companion website PS Now covers a wide range of topics of scholarly political science research through APSA journals and publications. PSNow also highlights the work and accomplishments of scholars, political scientists, and fellows who have been recognized within the APSA and other organizations across political science.
  • Newsletter: monthly e-newsletter that delivers timely, topical, news and information on the activities of the association.
  • Cambridge Digital Archive (member login required): Free access to all of APSA’s journals digital archive, from the 1900’s to the present.
  • APSA Task Force Reports: These reports seek to expand the public presence of political science by sharing the best political science research and knowledge with broader society on what political scientists know about important trends and issues in areas of public concerns.
  • APSA data on the profession: The APSA Research and Development department collects, aggregates, and shares data on the political science profession. We offer data on employment, degrees, enrollment, and curriculum. Each month we present a specialized chart of the month, which provide data on a range of topics from starting salaries to data on APSA’s membership.
  • Online store: Throughout the years, APSA has published numerous resources for the profession. The online store offers not only affordable print copies of recent APSA publications, but also print copies of reports, guides, and even humor. 
Engage and Connect

APSA understands the importance of engaging and building connections within the discipline and offer members several opportunities to create and sustain lasting relationships.

  • APSA Organized Sections: Join one of APSA’s 44 organized sections and connect with individuals who share a common interest in a subfield of your choice. Sections provide the membership with outlets for research and opportunities for scholarship; while also encouraging the study of political science.
  • MyAPSA (member login required): Your online member profile provides access to your member benefits, recent purchases and receipts, and opportunities to join organized sections, update your contact information, and renew your membership. 
  • APSA Connect (member login required):  The newly updated APSA Connect allows you to search for members in the directory, upload documents, and collaborate and network with members through several forums organized by interest.
  • APSA Annual Meeting: The APSA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of political scientists, with over 6,500 attendees. The Annual Meeting provides attendees with the unique opportunity to network with scholars and professionals from around the world. With over one thousand panels and events, attendees are able to present their research, receive feedback and constructive criticism from their peers, and gain insight to the latest research in their field.
  • Teaching and Learning Conference: Learn and explore scholarly workshops and panels, and discuss best practices for engaging and training students in the political science classroom.
  • Experts Database: APSA members can signup to be included in this program, which we use to respond to media requests for experts in all areas of political science.
  • Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube
Careers and Professional Development

APSA is the premier resource for members looking for job opportunities and ways to stay abreast of emerging trends and research methodologies. 

  • eJobs (member login required): The most comprehensive database of jobs related to political science that is updated daily with new job listings and candidate resumes.  The eJobs platform is fully searchable by field of interest, employer or candidate name, region, keyword, position, salary, institution type, and most recent posting. You can also save your searches and get daily, weekly, or monthly updates via email.
  • eJobs Report: An analysis of the eJobs advertisements that are posted to the eJobs site.
  • Interview Services: This opportunity, provided at the Annual meeting, gives employers and job seekers an opportunity to conduct pre-scheduled interviews onsite.
  • Career Fair: APSA provides an opportunity for APSA members to connect with departments, institutions, and organizations for informational and informal discussions about jobs in political science, and other careers that draw on political science training, both on campus and in applied/mom-academic settings.
  • Resources: APSA offers a range of information on careers in political science.  Information includes navigating the academic and non-academic job markets, making the most of career advancement opportunities, finding scholarships and internship opportunities, and preparing for the transition from graduate student to professional.
Fellowship, Grant, and Funding Opportunities

APSA members have the ability to apply for a number of fellowship and grant programs to further their career and research goals.

  • Congressional Fellowship Program: The Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress. Since 1953, it has brought select political scientist and other professionals to Capitol Hill to experience Congress through fellowship placements on congressional staffs.
  • Minority Fellowship Program: The Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.
  • Small Research Grant Program: The APSA Small Research Grant Program provides 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.
  • Ralph Bunche Summer Institute: The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute encourages students to pursue academic careers in political science by enhancing writing, research, and analytical skills to increase competitiveness in the application and financial aid process for graduate school.
  • Travel Grants: APSA travel grants are provided to eligible members to cover the costs of travel to APSA conferences.
  • Fund for Latino Scholarship: The Fund for Latino Scholarship encourages and supports the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latino/political scientists, especially students and tenure track junior faculty. 
  • APSA Awards: Presented at the APSA Annual Meeting, APSA awards recognize the best dissertations, papers and articles, and books in the various subfields of the discipline, and for career achievement in research, teaching and service to the discipline.
  • Organized section awards:  APSA organized sections present over 100 awards recognizing the best dissertations, papers, articles, books and career achievement within each subfield. 
Advancing the Discipline

APSA works to ensure the continued success of the discipline by establishing numerous advocacy and volunteer opportunities.

  • Advocacy for Political Science: The APSA Advocacy Program advances the discipline of political science by educating policymakers and the public about political science and by supporting robust federal funding for political science research and teaching. The program shares news with APSA members and highlights opportunities for advocacy. 
  • APSA Council and Committees: Members have the opportunity to serve on several committees and the council to provide effective leadership and guidance. 
  • APSA Mentoring Program: APSA members are encouraged to share their expertise and experience through volunteering to be a mentor to students, scholars, and professionals who are seeking advice from within the discipline.
  • Journal Reviewer: APSA members can volunteer to become a journal reviewer for one of APSA’s four leading journals based on their fields of expertise.
Interdisciplinary Memberships

APSA members have the opportunity join any of our sister associations at the same time you join or renew your APSA membership. These joint memberships provide an opportunity for members with interest in related disciplines to join at discounted rates.

Member Savings and Discounts
To supplement the APSA benefits that you gain with an individual membership, APSA has partnered with numerous companies to provide our members with increased savings.
  • Receive a 20% discount off the price of all books published by the Cambridge University Press.
  • Discounts on Car Rental Services: Current APSA members receive a 10% discount on car rentals booked through Alamo Rent A Car. Use Contract ID number 706768 at checkout to receive your discount.
  • Annual Meeting discounted registration fees and hotel room rates
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*APSA Membership Refund Policy: Membership may be cancelled by contacting the APSA membership department by e-mail at or by mail; however, APSA does not offer refunds for cancelled memberships.
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