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APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants

Advancing Research Grants 

The APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants provide support for the advancement of scholars from underrepresented groups and for research that examines political science phenomenon affecting underserved communities and underrepresented groups. The new grants will complement APSA’s existing diversity and inclusion fellowships and grants—namely the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program, the Lee Ann Fujii APSA Diversity Fellowship Travel Grant, and the Fund For Latino Scholarship—providing additional research funding opportunities for scholars at multiple points in their professional careers.

Applications for the Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants – Early Career Scholars are now closed. 

The next cycle will open in Spring 2023.

The spring 2022 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 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.

Additionally, applicants must be a member of one or more of the following historically underrepresented or minoritized racial or ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, American Indians or Alaska natives, and Native Hawaiians. Or, applicants must be a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

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


View the Recipients of the 2022 Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars!
Previous Call for Proposals


Call for Applications: Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants for Indigenous Politics
Deadline: November 19, 2021

The fall 2021 application cycle will award scholars whose research areas focus on one more 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 [email protected].

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, 2022.

APSA especially encourages applications from individuals who attended and participated in the following recent 2021 APSA Annual Meeting Indigenous Politics Mini-Conference or who presented a paper or iPoster at the 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

Questions about the application or program can be directed to [email protected]