APSA Advancing Research Grants for Indigenous Politics

The 2023 application cycle for the Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants – Indigenous Politics is is now closed. Recipients will be announced in early December.

The fall 2023 application cycle will award scholars whose research areas focus on one or more of the following target research areas:

  • Indigenous Studies
  • Indigenous Political Science
  • Sovereignty 
  • Tribal Governance
  • Native Studies

Qualitative, quantitative, interpretive, mixed methodological, political philosophy, and theory approaches are welcome. Additionally, 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 as skills or methods training acquisition.

Indirect costs, like using grant funds for rent or overhead, and fringe benefits are not covered by this research grant. If you have questions about what this grant could cover, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Programs team at diversityprograms@apsanet.org.

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

Applications are welcome from political science and Indigenous Politics scholars, faculty, students, and practitioners whose scholarship is focused on indigenous politics and political science.

Grants will be awarded to support innovative research that center indigeneity-related theories and concepts or practitioner-informed theories within political science scholarship. All funded projects must be completed by December 31, 2024.

APSA encourages applications from individuals who presented a paper or iPoster at the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting that focused on theories and paradigms that are salient in the study of Indigenous political science, Indigenous Studies, or Indigenous Politics.

Additionally, APSA especially encourages applications from American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian individuals who meet the above eligibility requirements.


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


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

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