Diversity & Inclusion in the Profession

Read the Virtual Review: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity in APSA Publications

Achieving diversity and inclusion in political science is a priority for the American Political Science Association. Recognizing the many differences, among them — demographic, substantive, intellectual, pedagogical, methodological, and institutional — and leveraging this variation is critical not only to the success of individual political scientists but to the strength and longevity of the disciplinary enterprise. The individual and collective creativity and innovation required for disciplinary responses to an ever-changing world depend on our ability to harness the variety of unique contributions and differences in our research, teaching, and service. The role of APSA is to facilitate this endeavor. [2015 RBSI Program Photos: Shaun King].

Read the 2018 APSA Diversity and Inclusion Report

This report collects and collates information about diversity and inclusion from across the programs, services, and reports generated by the association. In so doing, it provides a one-stop report of data and initiatives related to diversity and inclusion at APSA. While not exhaustive, the purpose of the inaugural version of the report is to enable a fulsome discussion of diversity and inclusion across the association. Read the 2018 APSA Diversity and Inclusion Report.

Resources for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

Review a list of resources for advancing and promoting diversity and inclusion within the profession, including strategies for recruitment and retention, programs for students from underrepresented backgrounds, data on the profession, and teaching & learning tools. Read more.

Diversity and Inclusion Programs 

Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship provides support for individuals from under-represented backgrounds applying to and currently enrolled in doctoral programs in political science.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) is an annual five-week program designed to introduce undergraduate students from under represented racial/ethnic groups or students interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups to the world of graduate study and to encourage application to PhD programs. This is the 34th year of RBSI excellence! The 2020 RBSI program, held at Duke University, runs from May 31-July 2, 2020.

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Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP)

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.

APSA Mentoring Program

APSA Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program connects undergraduate, graduate students, and junior faculty to experienced and senior members of the profession for professional development mentoring.

Fund for Latino Scholarship

Fund for Latino Scholarship

The primary purpose of the Fund for Latino Scholarship is to encourage and support the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latino/a political scientists. A secondary goal is to support research on Latino/a politics. 2019 Application deadline: June 15, 2019.

APSA Status Committees

APSA Status Committees

The American Political Science Association status committees develop reports and projects, and promote activities concerning advancement through the pipeline and the professional development of scholars from underrepresented groups within the political science discipline.

Diversity and Inclusion Programs FAQs

FAQs: Have questions? Visit the Diversity and Inclusion Programs Frequently Asked Questions.

Awarding Excellence in the Profession

  • Ralph J. Bunche Award [$1,000]: For the best scholarly work in political science published in the previous calendar year on ethnic and cultural pluralism.
  • Victoria Schuck Award [$1,000]: For the best book published in the previous calendar year on women and politics.
  • All APSA Awards: Books, Career, Dissertation, Papers/Articles

Other Resources: View APSA Status Committees.

APSA Diversity & Inclusion Programs Alumni Updates

APSA Diversity and Inclusion Programs Alumni send updates on their career paths to APSA regularly. See recent updates here. If you are a program alum and would like to send an update, please use this form.



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