APSA Diversity Fellowship Program: Fall Application

Applications for the 2025-2026 APSA Diversity Fellowship Program, Fall Cycle will open in late September 2024.

Applicants for the DFP Fall Cycle must be undergraduate seniors, recent graduates, or other individuals (including students in terminal MA programs) in the process of applying for PhD programs in political science. Awarded fellows will receive $5000, disbursed over two years.


Fall applicants must be: 

  • Engaged in or planning to pursue political science research and scholarship primarily focused on race, ethnicity, gender, systemic racism, LGBTQ politics, disability politics, indigenous politics, or tribal sovereignty and governance.
  • Be a US citizen, US national, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) at the time of application. 
  • Able to demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science. 

First generation students/scholars and individuals from the following historically under-represented racial/ethnic groups such as African Americans, Asian and Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and scholars of MENA descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applying for the Diversity Fellowship Program

To apply, create an APSA profile and submit your online application. All application materials (transcripts and letters of recommendation) must be submitted through the online application system to be reviewed by the selection committee. You may submit unofficial transcripts or degree audits in lieu of official transcripts for the purposes of application review.

The GRE requirement has been waived for students applying to the fall 2022-23 APSA Diversity Fellowship Program. APSA recognizes that given COVID restrictions and social distancing guidelines, it may be difficult to safely access in-person GRE testing prior to the application deadline. All applicants should consider that the GRE may still be required for admittance into a political science Ph.D. program.

DFP Fall Applicant Checklist

✔ Completed online application form, which includes fields for personal statement, resume, and list of recommenders.

✔ Transcripts
Official transcripts, unofficial transcripts, or degree audits must be uploaded to the application form each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.  

✔ Letters of recommendation 
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted. Recommenders must submit their letters directly to the application system. Applicants will be prompted to send a request within the application.  

✔ GRE Score Report 
The GRE requirement has been waived for students applying the Fall 2022-23 APSA Diversity Fellowship Program. Applicants will not be asked to submit a GRE score report as part of their application materials. Please note that many PhD programs will still require a GRE score as part of a formal application to graduate school. 


For further information on the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program, please visit these Frequently Asked Questions. Additional questions about the application process can be directed to the APSA Diversity & Inclusion Programs Team at diversityprograms@apsanet.org.