APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
APSA President John Aldrich (Duke University), second from right, and former APSA Council member Vincent Hutchings (University of Michigan), far left, greet APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) Alumni at the 2014 National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) Annual Meeting in Wilmington DE, March 13-18, 2014.

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APSA is excited to announce the creation of the APSA Ralph Bunche Programs Endowment Fund to ensure the long-term existence of Ralph Bunche Summer Institute and additional programming whose goal it is to introduce students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to political science careers and graduate study and to encourage application to PhD programs. Read More »

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APSA Announces the 2014 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) Scholars!

APSA is pleased to announce the 2014 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute class of Scholars. The 2013 program will take place at Duke University, under the direction of Dr. Paula D. McClain on June 1, 2014 - July 3, 2014.  The 2014 APSA RBSI Scholars are listed below with their undergraduate institutions.

2014 APSA Ralph Bunche Institute Scholars

  • Mercedz L. Austin, Providence College
  • Sequoia Baker, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Fritz Bondoa, University of Virginia
  • Hadill Calderon, University of Houston
  • Elizabeth Jordan Davies, Emory University
  • Ashley Huddson, College of Wooster
  • Ariam Kiflemariam, Cornell College
  • Angelica Marie Loyd, Wright State University
  • Phillip Menard, University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Jasmine Noel, Drew University
  • Alivia Pinnix, University of Richmond
  • Rachel Catherine Russell, Texas Christian University

Picture of Ralph Bunche reading a book

The APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former APSA President, Ralph J. Bunche, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) program goal is to encourage students to pursue academic careers in political science by helping to:

  • Enhance participants' writing, research, and analytical skills and make them more competitive applicants for graduate school admissions and financial assistance;
  • Improve the students' use of computers for statistical analysis of research data used in the study of political science;
  • Expose interested and engaged students to issues in the discipline and profession of political science;
  • Introduce participants to leading political scientists;
  • Inform promising students about political science career opportunities and encourage applications to Ph.D. programs in political science.

RBSI Program Description and Information

RBSI Alumni Experiences

APSA RBSI and Advocacy 


Please contact Kimberly Mealy at [email protected] or 202-483-2512.

Program News and Highlights

Operations and Funding

Since 2000, the Bunche Institute has been hosted and co-sponsored by Duke University, under the direction of Professor Paula D. McClain. The program has also been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in the past, has been designated as an REU Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Site.The APSA provides additional operational support and funding.

In 2009, Dr. Paula D. McClain, Duke University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences, was awarded an REU grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $404,000 over three years. Provost Peter Lange, of Duke University had this to say about Dr. McClain and the RBSI's contribution to the discipline of political science and Duke University:

Duke University is pleased and honored to be home to the APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. We are also pleased to have faculty leaders such as Paula McClain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University, and her colleagues, willing to put in the enormous time and energy to bring the Institute here and to lead in the teaching and mentoring of its participants. Diversity and inclusion are central to building a strong, vibrant academic community and to the development of scholars who can teach and do research that enhance the disciplines and professions. Duke is enriched by our contribution to this effort in Political Science.


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