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Your support of APSA can be directed to one or more of the programs that are important to you.


     


All donations to APSA are tax-deductible. If you have included a gift to APSA in your will or estate plan, or would like to have a conversation about what may be possible, please contact Jason Sapia of the APSA Development Team at 202-349-9357 or [email protected]. You may also complete our confidential gift intention form.


Featured Opportunities
Unrestricted
When you support the APSA Annual Fund with an unrestricted donation, you allow us to direct your generosity to areas where funds are needed most. The Fund also enables APSA to organize and launch new initiatives.

While it is impossible to anticipate all the challenges the profession will meet, your generosity, and that of many others, enables APSA to make resources available to the political science community.
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Ralph J. Bunche Fund
The Ralph J. Bunche Fund helps ensures the continuity of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. Contributions build a permanent fund to support programming that introduces students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups to careers and graduate study in political science, including the professoriate.
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Faculty and Advanced Graduate Student Travel Grants
Walter E. Beach Travel Grants
The Walter E. Beach Travel Fund was made possible by the individual generosity of the late Walter Beach and his many friends and colleagues. The fund provides travel grants to junior scholars and graduate students attending the APSA Annual Meeting.

Dr. Beach joined the APSA staff in 1966 and played a vital role in expanding the Association’s work. He served as editor of PS: Political Science and Politics from 1971-1980 and as unofficial APSA historian. In 1998, Beach received APSA’s Goodnow Award for his many contributions to political science.
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Huang Hsing Chun-tu Hsueh International Fellowship Fund
The Chun-tu Hsueh Fellowship Fund reflects APSA’s efforts to expand contact and opportunities for political scientists around the world. The fund provides international scholars, especially those from Asia, funding to cover short-term stays at the Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs.

It was created by a generous founding gift from the Huang Hsing Foundation and Chun-tu Hsueh.
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APSA-Lee Ann Fujii Minority Fellowship Program Travel Grants
The APSA-Lee Ann Fujii Minority Fellowship Program Travel Grants were established to honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Lee Ann Fujii, a scholar whose research explored political violence, ethnicity and race, African politics and field methods. The fund provides travel grants to the APSA Annual Meeting for participants of APSA’s Minority Fellowship Program.
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Professional Awards
APSA Distinguished Teaching Award
The APSA Distinguished Teaching Award is given annual for outstanding contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions. The award was created on the recommendation of APSA's Teaching and Learning Committee to signal the central role of teaching in the profession.
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Gabriel Almond Award
The Gabriel A. Almond Award is given annually for the best dissertation in the field of comparative politics. The award was established in honor of Dr. Almond, a long-time faculty member at Stanford University who served as APSA President in 1965. Almond’s scholarly work contributed directly to the development of theory in comparative politics and brought together work on the developing areas and Western Europe that prevented splintering into an array of disparate areas studies.
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William Anderson Award
The William Anderson Award is given annually for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics. The award was established in honor of Dr. Anderson, a leading American authority in the areas of local government, public administration, intergovernmental relations and the history of political science who served as APSA President in 1941. Anderson did much to shape teaching and research in these fields not only at his own university, but throughout the country.
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Michael Brintnall Teaching and Learning Award
The Michael Brintnall Teaching and Learning Award supports attendance at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference by faculty who would be unable to cover the costs associated with participation. The fund is named in honor of former APSA Executive Director, Michael Brintnall, who played an integral role in founding the conference.
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Edward Corwin Award
The Edward S. Corwin Award is given annually for the best dissertation in the field of public law. The award was established in honor of Dr. Corwin, a nationally known and prolific scholar who worked with academics and politicians on constitutional issues who served as APSA President in 1930. He was perhaps most well-known for his support of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Supreme Court reorganization ("court packing") plan.
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Robert A. Dahl Award
The Robert A. Dahl Award is given annually to an untenured faculty member who has produced scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy. The award was established in honor of Dr. Robert Dahl, who served as APSA President in 1966.
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Ithiel de Sola Pool Award
The triennial Ithiel de Sola Pool Award and Lectureship was established to honor the memory and contributions of de Sola Pool, a scholar whose research explored a broad range of fields including political theory, political behavior, political communication, science and technology policy, and international affairs.
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Carey McWilliams Award
The Carey McWilliams Award is given annually to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics. The award was established in honor of Dr. McWilliams’s intellectual forthrightness and political independence as a journalist.
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Charles Merriam Award
The biennial Charles E. Merriam Award is given to a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research. The award was established to recognize Dr. Merriam's career, which exemplified a combination of innovative political and social science scholarship and practical service to the community and nation. He served as APSA President in 1924.
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E. E. Schattschneider Award
The E.E. Schattschneider Award is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American government. The award was established in honor of Dr. Elmer Eric Schattschneider, a widely published and respected political scientist who served as APSA President in 1956.
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Victoria Schuck Award
The Victoria Schuck Award is given annually for the best book published on women and politics. The award was established to honor Dr. Schuck’s the lifelong service to the discipline, who earned her PhD from Stanford University in 1937 and served in senior administrative roles at both Mt. Holyoke College and Mount Vernon College.
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Kenneth Sherrill Prize
The Kenneth Sherrill Prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) topics in political science. The prize was established to encourage and enable empirical work on LGBT topics by graduate students, and to broaden recognition of this work within political science.
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Leo Strauss Award
The Leo Strauss Award is given annually for the best dissertation in the field of political philosophy. The award was established by Strauss’s former students who sought to recognize his extraordinary influence on generations of students and his contributions to the field of political philosophy. He was a major figure in the department of political science at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1949 to 1967.
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Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award
The biennial Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award recognizes a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to our understanding of racial and ethnic politics and illuminates the conditions under which diversity and intergroup tolerance thrive in democratic societies. The award is named in honor of Dr. Hanes Walton, Jr, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan who served as APSA Vice President in 2012.
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Program Support
Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs
Gifts provide immediate support to the Centennial Center located in APSA’s Washington D.C. headquarters. The Center maintains furnished offices for visiting scholars, hosts workshops and special events, and administers grant research funds.
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Congressional Fellowship Program
Gifts provide immediate support to the Congressional Fellowship Program which brings political scientists, journalists, federal employees, health specialists, and other professionals to Capitol Hill to experience Congress at work through fellowship placements on congressional staffs.
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Pendleton Herring Political Print Collection
The Herring Collection was established by Dr. Pendleton Herring, who served as APSA President in 1952. Dr. Herring donated upwards of thirty pieces of art to form the core of a growing body of work that celebrates profound democratic ideals or satirically acknowledge society's occasional failure to live up to these lofty ends. The fund supports the expansion and maintenance of the Collection.
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Second Century Fund
Gifts to the Second Century Fund are an investment in the future growth and vitality of the political science discipline by supporting the ongoing work affiliated with the Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs including general professional opportunity grants.
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Seymour Martin Lipset Library Fund
The Centennial Center library, named in honor of Dr. Seymour Martin Lipset who served as APSA President in 1981, houses APSA’s archives of PS: Political Science & Politics, American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics and APSA award-winning books. It offers space for collaborative and short-term resident scholar work.
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Promoting Gender, Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Fund for Latino Scholarship
The Fund for Latino Scholarship was established by the Sector Latino de Ciencia Politica (Latino Political Science Caucus) and the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos/as in the Profession to enhance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latino political scientists. The scholarship fund awards grants to initiatives that identify promising Latino undergraduates and encourage them to enter the profession of political science, and provide professional opportunities and financial assistance to Latino graduate study.
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Jewel L. Prestage and Richard F. Fenno Fund
The Prestage-Fenno Fund promotes and supports expanded opportunities for minority students contemplating advanced training in political science. The fund honors two political scientists who were instrumental in developing the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute: Dr. Jewel Prestage, who served as its first director, and Dr. Richard Fenno, who advanced the idea during his term as APSA President in 1984.
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Marguerite Ross Barnett Fund
The Marguerite Ross Barnett Fund was established by APSA and the Women's Caucus for Political Science to honor the memory of political scientist, Dr. Marguerite Ross Barnett. The fund acknowledges the breadth of Barnett's scholarly and personal commitments and supports a biennial grant for research on issues of diversity, cultural nationalism, African American voting behavior, education policy, or urban and minority policy and politics.
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Rita Mae Kelly Fund
The Rita Mae Kelly Fund was established in memory by her friends and colleagues, in affiliation with the Women's Caucus for Political Science, the Latino Caucus in Political Science, the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos/Latina in the Profession, the APSA Race, Ethnicity and Politics Organized Section, and the APSA Women and Politics Research Organized Section. The fund supports research on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and political power through, but not limited to, research grants for pre-dissertation graduate students, awards, or public presentations.
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Women and Politics Fund
The Women and Politics Fund supports scholars conducting work in the field of women and politics.
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Teaching and Research Fellowships
Edward Artinian Fund for Publishing
The Artinian Fund supports programs that encourage and assist young scholars in publishing their research. This fund was established in memory of Ed Artinian, founder and president of Chatham House Publishers.
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James Bryce Fund for International Political Science
James Bryce Fund for International Political Science was established in honor of the British historian and politician. The fund supports the global study of political life and the internationalization of the political science discipline and profession through research residencies at the Centennial Center and elsewhere, collaborative research workshops involving political scientists from the United States and abroad, teaching and curriculum development programs for emerging political science communities, and travel grants to the APSA Annual Meeting.
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Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Civic Education Fund
The Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Civic Education Fund was established in honor of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom’s mothers. It supports the promotion of democratic engagement through research, outreach, and seminars that promote the study of the critical role of citizens in a democratic polity.
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Presidency Research Fund
Presidency Research Fund was established by the APSA Presidents and Executive Politics Section to support scholars conducting research on the American presidency and whose work brings them to Washington DC to examine the relationships, institutions, and environment surrounding the president.
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Beryl Radin Fund
The Beryl Radin Fund supports the APSA Pracademic Program which provides academics in the fields of public policy and public administration with practical, hands-on experience off campus that recipients can take back to institutions and classrooms to help build bridges between the worlds of academe and applied politics.
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William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies
The William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies recognizes the contributions Representative Steiger (R-WI) made to APSA's Congressional Fellowship Program during his tenure in Congress. The fund enables former APSA Congressional Fellows to extend their stays in Washington to conduct research or complete a writing project related to their experiences as Congressional Fellows. The fund also supports scholars engaged in teaching and research in any aspect of domestic or international legislative politics.
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Paul A. Volcker Fund
Paul A. Volcker Fund for Public Service Research and Education is named in honor of the former Federal Reserve Chairman for his exemplary contributions to enhancing and promoting the practice and image of public service in the United States. The fund promotes and supports excellence in research and theory on public administration issues affecting governance in the United States and abroad, as well as research-related professional development opportunities, more broadly defined.
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Warren E. Miller Fund
The Warren Miller Fund honors the outstanding contributions of Dr. Warren E. Miller to the study of electoral politics and other areas of political science inquiry. Dr. Miller served as APSA President in 1979. The fund supports research residencies in national and comparative electoral politics at the Centennial Center.
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