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Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)

Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former APSA President, Ralph J. Bunche, the RBSI 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;
  • developing statistical skills for data analysis used in political science;
  • exposing participants to the significant questions in the discipline and profession of political science;
  • introducing participants to leading political scientists;
  • educating participants about political science career opportunities and encouraging their application to doctoral programs in political science.
2015 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute


The 2015 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI), under the direction of Paula D. McClain, was held at Duke University from June 1-July 2. Twelve students (listed below) participated in the graduate and research methodology training program by completing two courses and conducting original political science research. Rodney Hero, APSA president, was on hand to speak at the closing banquet on July 2, 2015. Six RBSI Scholars were selected to present their research posters at the 2015 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

2015 RBSI Scholars



Photos by Shaun King, Duke University Multimedia Specialist

How to Apply

The 2015 application cycle is now closed.  To view eligibility criteria and information on the applicant checklist, please click here.


More Program Information

For more information about the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, please view the program information page

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