APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (DFP)
Each fall, the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (DFP) awards between 12 and 14 funded fellowships in the amount of $5,000 over two years to students applying to doctoral programs in political science. Each spring, the program offers fellowships to graduate students in the pre-dissertation stage of their doctoral program. The Spring DFP is a one time award of $2000, depending on funding availability.

Since its inception, the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (DFP) has designated more than 600 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals. 
In 2019, APSA celebrated 50 years of scholar support! Read reflections from our program alumni here. 

  • Current Fellows: See current Diversity Fellowship Program bios
  • Past Fellows: See past Diversity/Minority Fellowship Program bios

  • Applications for the 2024-2025 Spring Cycle are closedThe 2025-2026 Fall Cycle will open late September 2024.


    Spring Application » Fall Application » Travel Grant Applications »


    Additionally, some political science departments offer application fee waivers to students enrolled in APSA Diversity and Inclusion Programs. Students should inquire with the graduate program they are applying to about the possibility of an application fee waiver.