Graduate Student Connection

Welcome to the APSA Graduate Student Connection! One key component of APSA's mission is to support political science education and professional development. Below are some resources and opportunities available to political science students.

APSA Annual Meeting

The APSA Annual Meeting provides many opportunities to develop and hone skills related to the discipline, such as teaching, research, and publishing. A number of panels and roundtables are offered throughout the Annual Meeting that address issues of professional development for graduate students and early career scholars. 

If you're looking for advice about how to make the most of your first APSA Annual Meeting, the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students on the Profession has put together a Graduate Student's Guide to the Annual Meeting that may be of interest! 

APSA Career Materials

Political science students gain the writing, communication, analytical, and data skills that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers. APSA provides career resources for students at all levels of study. Resources include:

To learn more, visit the careers page.

Diversity & Inclusion Programs

Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP) is a collaboration between undergraduate and graduate programs in political science that connects undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in, or show potential for, graduate study with graduate programs interested in recruiting diverse cohorts of doctoral students.

Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from under-represented backgrounds applying to doctoral programs in political science.

To learn more, and see the full list of resources and programs, visit the Diversity & Inclusion page.

Mentor Program

Mentorship is an important part of career growth and professional development. The APSA Mentor Program connects interested graduate students and junior faculty with political scientists who have made themselves available as mentors. This program is a member benefit. Learn more about the APSA Mentor Program.

Applying to Graduate School

Find and Select a Graduate Program
You can find a list of institutions that grant PhDs in political science here. PhDs.org and U.S. News and World Report also provide resources for learning more about graduate programs in political science.

APSA Graduate School Information Fair
APSA has hosted a Graduate School Information Fair at the Annual Meeting. Representatives from political science graduate programs around the country are on hand to share information and answer questions about their political science programs and course offerings with undergraduates from area schools. For more information, contact [email protected].

Graduate Student Questions to Ask
Asking the right questions when you meet with prospective departments is critical to choosing the right graduate program for you. APSA has put together a list of Graduate Student Questions to Ask as a suggested starting-point for inquiring students who would like to know more about the goals of a doctoral program, including how they prepare students for careers, and what they do to facilitate job placement and professional development.
Data on the Profession

APSA tracks data on the profession, including graduate student enrollment and employment data. To learn more, see the full list of reports on the APSA data on the profession page.