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Apply for the Minority Fellowship Program

Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from under-represented backgrounds applying to doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline.

 The 2016-2017 APSA MFP Application Cycle is now closed. Fellows will be announced in December 2015. 


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must apply for admission to a political science graduate program for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • If you are not admitted for the 2016-2017 year, you may request that your award be deferred for one year, to be administered only if you are admitted to a political science graduate program beginning in Fall 2017. Deferment requests for 2017-18 will be reviewed by the committee. Deferments are not guaranteed.
  • If you are not admitted for the 2017-18 year, you will be required to reapply to the MFP.

Applicants must also: 

  • Be a member of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal and state recognized tribes).
  • Be college/university seniors, college/university graduates, or students currently enrolled in a Master's program.
  • Demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science.
  • Be a US citizen at time of application

APSA Minority Fellows Program Applicant Checklist

2016-2017 APSA Minority Fellows Program Application (online application form) was
due October 30, 2015.

A complete application includes: 

  • Includes fields for personal statement, resume, and list of recommenders.
  • Official Transcripts (submit online, email, or mail)
    Provide an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. Institutions may send transcripts directly to APSA, postmarked no later than October 30, 2015.
  • Letters of Recommendation (submit via email or mail)
    Three letters of recommendation must be submitted.  They can be mailed directly to APSA from the recommender or emailed in by the recommender. 
  • GRE Score Report (mail)
    Graduate schools require applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). If you have not taken this exam, please do so as soon as possible. Please request that an official copy of your GRE score report be sent directly to the APSA address below. The APSA ETS code is 3527. Please visit for more information on the GRE exam.

Official transcripts, letters of recommendations, and GRE Score Report (postmarked by October 30, 2015) should be mailed to:

APSA Minority Fellows Program
c/o Dr. Kimberly Mealy
American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206 

APSA Minority Fellows Program 2015-2016

APSA announces the 2015-2016 Minority Fellowship Recipients. The Fellows are listed with their BA institutions (or former MA institution if applicable) and their new graduate institution: 

Full biographies of the 2015-2016 APSA Minority Fellows were featured in the July 2015 edition of the PS Journal.

APSA Minority Fellowship Program Travel Grant Recipients

In 2015, APSA awarded 10 alumni of the Minority Fellowship Program with a Travel Grant to assist in funding for the APSA Annual Meeting.  The award winners are listed below with their current institutional affiliation and MFP fellowship year(s):

  • Elias Assaf, Ohio State University, 2014
  • LaShonda Brenson, University of Michigan, 2010
  • Shakari Byerly, UCLA, 2013
  • Nyron Crawford, Temple University, 2008
  • LaGina Gause, University of Michigan, 2010
  • Muhammed Idris, Harvard University, 2011
  • Vanessa Nichols, University of Michigan, 2009, 2010
  • Patricia Posey, Harvard University, 2013
  • Soledad Prillaman, Harvard University, 2011
  • Camillia Redding, Columbia University, 2010
American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

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