APSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)


The APSA Minority Fellowship Program Celebrates 50 Years of Scholar Support

The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Student Fellowship) to increase the number of African American graduate students in the discipline. In 1979 the Chicano Student Fellowship was established. Overtime, the fellowship program has expanded to include support for racial and ethnic underrepresented scholars. Since its inception, the APSA MFP has designated more than 600 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals. 

Submit Your MFP Alumni Reflection: To mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the APSA MFP and to recognize the numerous contributions to teaching, research, and service in the discipline and beyond, APSA invites all program alumni to submit an Alumni Reflection. Alumni reflections are currently featured on the APSA MFP 50th Anniversary WebsiteSubmit your reflection today! 


Fellowship Applications

Applications for the 2020-2021 Minority Fellowship Program are now closed. Details about the Fall 2021-2022 application will be available in September 2020.   

Spring MFP Application Fall MFP Application MFP Travel Grant


About the Fellowship 

Each year, APSA awards between 12-14 funded fellowships in the amount of $4,000. Recently, APSA introduced a new spring round of the MFP awards for graduate students in the pre-dissertation stage of their career. This year, the spring cycle MFP awards are available in the form of a one-time award ranging between $1000 - $2000 (depending upon funding availability), to support expenses related to PhD graduate study for first and second year political science PhD students from underrepresented groups.