APSA Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars

The application cycle for the 2024 Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants – Early Career Scholars is now open. The deadline to submit your application is May 6, 2024.

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The spring 2024 application cycle will award early career scholars whose research areas focus on one or more of the following target research areas:

  • race, ethnicity and politics
  • racial and social justice
  • systemic racism, inequality and inequity
  • gender, sexuality and politics
  • LGBTQ+ politics
  • accessibility politics

Qualitative, quantitative, interpretive, mixed methodological, political philosophy, and theory approaches are welcome. Collaboratively-authored projects are welcome.


Award Details

Grants will range between $2000 - $2500. Funds can be used to support: access to data or archival records, paying undergraduate or graduate student research assistants, purchasing statistical software to facilitate research; costs associated with manuscript preparation, costs associated with travel for fieldwork or research site visits, and professional development activities (such skills or methods training acquisition).


In cases where the grant is awarded to a collaborative project, funds will be disbursed to the primary investigator - either directly or to their home institution. 


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be in the early career stage. For the purposes of this grant, an early career individual is defined as an individual who has earned a PhD in political science no more than six years ago and, who can be described as pre-tenure, contingent faculty, a post-doctoral fellow, a practitioner political scientist who works outside of the academic sector, or recent PhDs who are on the job market for a political science related position. Applicants must demonstrate that their research area focus falls within one or more of the aforementioned target research areas.

First generation students/scholars and individuals from the following historically under-represented racial/ethnic groups such as African Americans, Asian and Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and scholars of MENA descent are strongly encouraged to apply. 





Submission Details

To apply, submit create an APSA profile and submit an online application. All application materials must be submitted through the online application system to be reviewed by the selection committee. Your online application will also include:

  • The title and abstract of your research project or research related professional development need (250 words). Proposed research projects must focus on one of the aforementioned target research areas and should be projects that are already progress
  • A 500-1000 word statement that describes how the grant funds will help to advance your research project or will help enhance your ability to conduct your research
  • An itemized budget detailing what the funds will support
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume

Questions about the application or program can be directed to diversityprograms@apsanet.org


Read about previous grantees and their projects: 2020 Grants | 2021 Grants | 2022 Grants | 2023 Grants