Minority Student Recruitment Program

APSA established the Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP, formerly MID) to advance diversity in political science. In collaboration with undergraduate and graduate political science departments, the program identifies undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds who show potential for or are interested in doctoral study, and shares this recruitment information with APSA member graduate departments that enroll in the program.


View the 2021-22 APSA MSRP Recruiting Graduate Departments

View past years' APSA MSRP Recruiting Graduate Departments 


MSRP is a Leading Method of Recruitment Among Political Science PhD Departments

According to the 2015-2016 APSA Graduate Placement Survey Report on Recruitment Methods, two-thirds of political science PhD departments actively recruit graduate students. Additionally, APSA’s MSRP program ranks alongside campus visits as the most common form of graduate student recruitment used by political science PhD departments. 


Fall 2021 MSRP Department Enrollment  (open now!)

Department officers in PhD departments (chairs and graduate directors) can enroll their departments in the APSA MSRP as a recruiting department.  

  1. Login from the APSA homepage, by clicking the “log In” button in the top right corner of your screen.  
  2. Once you have entered your username and password, click on your name at the top of the screen. You will be directed to your APSA user account. 
  3. Under the right hand column labeled “APSA Resources” scroll down and click the link for "MSRP Recruitment" and follow the instructions. 

If you do not have the option to select "MSRP Recruitment" please contact [email protected] so we can add you as a contact for your department.

Departmental enrollment is on a rolling basis throughout the year. The database is updated once in the Fall and once in the Spring. 


How Does MSRP Work?
APSA maintains a database of individuals (including undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and master's level students) who have been identified as potential candidates for graduate study in political science. These individuals are a member of one or more of the following traditionally underrepresented or minoritized racial/ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, American Indians or Alaska natives, and Native Hawaiians. 
Individuals can be identified by their departments, by their advisors, or submit their own names for the database. The database is updated periodically and made available to the graduate political science programs who are enrolled in the program for their annual recruitment of doctoral students.

MSRP Departmental Benefits:

  • A link to your PhD program on the APSA website and sent to MSRP students
  • Access to the MSRP database to recruit undergraduates to your PhD program
  • Participation in the MSRP Best Practices meeting 
  • Priority in registration for the APSA Graduate School Information Fair at the APSA Annual Meeting

Enroll Students in the MSRP Database:
Sophomore, junior, and senior minority students are eligible to participate in MSRP.  Students may enroll themselves or ask their undergraduate advisor to submit their name and contact information.  Faculty may enroll students they believe would be interested in learning more about doctoral study.  

Students: Enroll yourself using the MSRP online form


For questions or more detailed information about the program, contact [email protected]