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The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) is an intensive five-week program held at Duke University each year for up to 20 rising seniors. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups.

We are incredibly proud that over 600 students have attended the RBSI over time, and over 20 percent of students are completing or have completed their PhDs. The RBSI has one of the largest impacts for programs of this kind.

While we are very fortunate that the National Science Foundation guaranteed funding through 2021, our priority is to fully fund the RBSI not only for this year or next year but for generations of students who will contribute a diverse collection of innovative ideas and approaches to the political science profession. APSA is contributing $1,250,000 to support this effort and is seeking another $1,250,000 in private funding from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

RBSI Class of 2019


Please join us in securing the future of the RBSI program by investing in the next generation.


Many of you have benefited from the generosity of others in achieving your goals – now it’s your opportunity to help support the political science scholars, researchers, and professionals of tomorrow. Your financial gift is the enduring gift of education for those who follow in your footsteps.


Donate now to Ralph Bunche Program Fund

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You can make donations of cash, stocks, and bequests, as well as pledge your support over three years. If you would like more information about contributing to the Generation to Generation initiative for the Ralph J. Bunche Fund, please feel free to contact Jason Sapia at 202-349-9357 or [email protected]

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