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APSA is committed to advancing outstanding scholarship, especially as the discipline seeks to better our understanding of a complex and rapidly-changing world. This year, please support us as we further this commitment by making a gift to funds that broaden our support and recognition of research and career achievement in the fields of race, ethnicity and politics, gender and politics, and sexuality and politics.

Contribute to APSA research funds supporting research grants on these topics, like the Rita Mae Kelly Fund, Fund for Latino Scholarship, Women and Politics Fund, and the Marguerite Ross Barnett Fund. Your gift will help APSA increase the number of grants that we can give to scholars requesting support, as well as the size of each grant we make.

Similarly, a gift to the Ralph Bunche Fund or the Prestage-Fenno Fund will help further the professional advancement of students from under-represented racial and ethnic backgrounds conducting undergraduate research at the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. You can also support one of APSA’s awards recognizing outstanding scholarship in these fields, like the Victoria Schuck Award, Kenneth Sherrill Prize, and Hanes Walton, Jr. Award

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  ↕ Support Important Research

Rita Mae Kelly Fund: The Rita Mae Kelly Fund, administered by the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs and established in affiliation with the Women's Caucus for Political Science, the Latino Caucus in Political Science, the APSA Status Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas in the Profession, the Organized Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics, and the Organized Section on Women and Politics Research, supports research on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and political power through.

Fund for Latino Scholarship: The Fund for Latino Scholarship was established by the Sector Latino de Ciencia Politica (Latino Political Science Caucus) and the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos/as in the Profession to enhance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latino political scientists. The scholarship fund awards grants to initiatives that identify promising Latino undergraduates and encourage them to enter the profession of political science, and provide professional opportunities and financial assistance to Latino graduate study.

Women and Politics Fund: The Special Fund for the Study of Women and Politics, administered by the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs, supports scholars conducting work in the field of women and politics.

Marguerite Ross Barnett Fund: The Marguerite Ross Barnett Fund, established by APSA in conjunction with the Women's Caucus for Political Science, supports grants for research on issues of diversity, cultural nationalism, African American voting behavior, education policy, or urban and minority policy and politics.


  ↕ Recognize Outstanding Achievement

Victoria Schuck Award Fund: The Victoria Schuck Award is given annually for the best book published on women and politics. It honors the lifelong service to the field of Victoria Schuck, who earned her PhD from Stanford University in 1937 and served in senior administrative roles at both Mt. Holyoke College and Mount Vernon College.

Hanes Walton, Jr. Award Fund: The Hanes Walton, Jr. Award, named in honor of former APSA Vice President Hanes Walton, Jr., recognizes a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to our understanding of racial and ethnic politics and illuminates the conditions under which diversity and intergroup tolerance thrive in democratic societies.

Kenneth Sherrill Prize Fund: Through APSA's Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs, the Kenneth Sherrill Prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) topics in political science. The purpose of this prize is to encourage and enable empirical work on LGBT topics by graduate students, and to broaden the recognition of this work within political science


  ↕ Support the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

Over the past 30 years, the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) has inspired over 500 undergraduate students to pursue academic careers in political science by providing graduate-level coursework in research methodology, and racial and ethnic politics. Today, more than 70 RBSI Scholars have earned PhDs in political science with countless others pursuing advanced degrees. 

Rising college seniors from across the country participate in a intensive 5 1/2 week program intended to simulate the graduate school experience through hands-on experience with an introduction to political science inquiry and scholarship, and research methodology. Since 2000, RBSI has hosted up to 20 undergraduate students at Duke each summer and provided training in research methods and critical thinking. A strong ethics component is added with readings, cases, debates and lectures on issues within an academic setting. 

The Institute also provides a GRE prep course and transferable credit courses in quantitative analysis and race and American politics. Representatives from a number of leading PhD-granting institutions from across the country (many of whom are program alumni) participate in a recruitment fair at RBSI to discuss their doctoral programs. Students prepare original, empirical final research papers. Each year, students who excel at the Institute and on the final project are invited to present research posters at the APSA Annual Meeting. Learn more about the RBSI Program.


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