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Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Application Process

The 2017 RBSI Application Cycle is now open. 
Application Deadline: January 20, 2017

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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)
    • Includes fields for personal statement, resume, and list of recommenders.
  • Official Transcripts (upload to application or 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.
  • Three letters of recommendation. One from the department chair, and two more from other people who are familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications.
    • Recommender should use this form to submit their letter of recommendation.

Transcripts 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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