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Minority Fellowship Program

The APSA Minority Fellowship Program celebrates 45 years!

The Minority Fellows Program is designed for minority or under-represented students applying to doctoral programs in political science.

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. 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.


How to Apply

Submit your application here: 2015-2016 APSA Minority Fellows Program Application Cycle is now CLOSED
Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must apply for admission to a political science graduate program for the 2015-2016 school year.

    • If you are not admitted for the 2015-2016 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 2016. Deferment requests for 2016-17 will be reviewed by the committee.  Deferments are not guaranteed.

    • If you are not admitted for the 2016-17 year, you will be required to reapply to the MFP. 

  • 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. 

  • Applicants must be US citizens at time of application. 


APSA Minority Fellows Program Applicant Checklist

A complete application includes:  
  • 2015-2016 APSA Minority Fellows Program Application (online application form) -- now CLOSED
    • Includes fields for personal statement, resume, and list of recommenders
  • Official Transcripts (mail)
    •  Provide an offiical transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. Institutions may send transcripts directly to APSA, postmarked no later than October 24, 2014
  •  Letters of Recommendation (mail)
    • Two, and no more than three, letters (should be mailed by recommenders, with recommender signature across seal)
  • 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 24, 2014) 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