Grants, Fellowships, and Funding in the Discipline

The American Political Science Association awards grants, fellowships, and scholarships with the aim of advancing education and research in political science. There are also many outside organizations that provide important sources of funding and support for political science faculty and students. The information below represents a selection of grants, fellowships, and other opportunities sponsored by APSA and major funding organizations.

APSA also maintains a listing of open grants, awards and fellowship opportunities submitted by outside organizations here. 


Research Grants

Centennial Center Research Grants Program
The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs offers over $100,000 per year in research funding to APSA members. Centennial Center Research Grants assist with the costs of research, including travel, interviews, access to datasets, auxiliary devices or services necessary for scholars with disabilities to conduct their research, and access to archives. Applications due June 15th of each year.

Small Research Grant Program
The APSA Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to provide funding opportunities for research conducted by political scientists not employed at PhD-granting departments in the field, or who are in non-tenure track or contingent positions ineligible for departmental funding.

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. The fund also seeks to support research on Latino/a politics.

Project-Based Grants

The Special Projects Fund
APSA’s Special Projects Fund provides grants of up to $25,000 for collaborative projects aimed at advancing the discipline. In 2018, the Special Projects Fund made grants to 10 recipients whose work focused on issues from climate change to gender equality in political science. The next round of applications for Special Projects Fund proposals will be accepted in 2020. 

Fellowships & Institutes

Minority Fellowship Program
The Minority Fellowship Program is for individuals from under-represented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 
The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups.

Congressional Fellowship Program
The Congressional Fellowship Program is a 9-month fellowship that gives political scientists first-hand insights into U.S. Congress through placements in Senate and House offices. 

Travel Grants

Travel Grants
APSA is pleased to provide travel grants to U.S. graduate students, international students in the U.S., international scholars, community college faculty, adjunct faculty, and unemployed members for attendance at the APSA Annual Meeting and Teaching and Learning Conference.

Relief Grants

APSA Member Relief Grants are now available! APSA is providing $200 grants to support members that are experiencing financial hardships due to the coronavirus. Members are encouraged to submit their application early as grants will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eligible Members can apply through the application here