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Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)

Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence!




Ralph Bunche


About the RBSI Program

Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner, former APSA President, and the first African American to receive a PhD in political science, Dr. 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; and educating participants about political science career opportunities and encouraging their application to doctoral programs in political science. [Read more about the RBSI Program].

The 2016 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

RBSI 2016 Class

The 2016 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI), under the direction of Dr. Paula McClain of Duke University, will be in session from May 29, 2016 through June 30, 2016. This marks the 30th anniversary of the RBSI program--30 years of RBSI Excellence! The 2016 RBSI Scholars will take courses in research methods and racial and ethnic politics in the US. Additionally, the RBSI Program will feature guest speakers from the discipline, a recruitment fair, and professional development programming.  Read more about the current class of RBSI Scholars, their accomplishments and their research interests. 

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

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