APSA works to promote diversity and inclusion in political science through a number of programs. Recognizing the many differences— demographic, substantive, intellectual, pedagogical, methodological, and institutional, among others — and leveraging diversity is critical not only to the success of individual political scientists but to the strength and longevity of the disciplinary enterprise.
- Minority Fellowship Program: The Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.
- Ralph Bunche Summer Institute: The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute encourages students to pursue academic careers in political science by enhancing writing, research, and analytical skills to increase competitiveness in the application and financial aid process for graduate school.
- Minority Student Recruitment Program: In collaboration with undergraduate and graduate political science departments, the Minority Student Recruitment Program identifies undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds who show potential for or are interested in doctoral study.This recruitment information is shared with APSA member graduate departments that have enrolled in the program for their annual recruitment of doctoral students.
- Fund for Latino Scholarship: The Fund for Latino Scholarship encourages and supports the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latino/political scientists, especially students and tenure track junior faculty.