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Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Application Process

The 2017 Application Cycle will open on November 4, 2016.

The 2017 Application Deadline will be January 20, 2017.

The 2017 RBSI Program will take place from May 28 - June 29, 2017 at Duke University.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be members of a racial or ethnic minority group that is significantly under-represented in political science, such as African American, Asian Pacific American, Latinos/a, and Native American (federal and state recognized tribes) students, or who are interested in broadening participation in political science by students from under-represented minority populations and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups.
  • Applicants must be college/university juniors.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science.
  • Applicants must be US citizens at time of application.

RBSI Applicant Checklist

A complete application includes:

  • 2017 APSA RBSI Program Application (online by applicant, available November 4)
  • Includes fields for personal statement, resume, and list of recommenders.
  • Official Transcripts (mail directly to APSA by university/college)
  • Provide an official transcript (that includes 2016 fall semester grades) from each undergraduate institution attended. Institutions may send transcripts directly to APSA, postmarked no later than January 20, 2017.
  • Letters of Recommendation (mail directly to APSA by recommender)
  • Three letters of recommendation. One from the department chair, and two more from other people who are familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications (should be mailed by the recommenders, with recommender signature across the seal of the envelope).
  • Recommender should include this form with his/her letter of recommendation.

Transcripts and letters of recommendation should be mailed
(and postmarked by January 20, 2017) to:

APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
c/o Dr. Kimberly Mealy
American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206

Questions? Contact Kimberly Mealy, PhD, APSA Director of Diversity and Inclusion Programs, [email protected].

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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