September 27, 2010

APSA Minority Fellows Program for Minority American Students

The American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellows Program

Course(s) Offered: Political science
Course Level: Graduate (phd)
Provider: APSA
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The American Political Science Minority Fellows Program (MFP) was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) in efforts to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline.

Since 1969, the APSA Minority Fellowship has designated more than 500 Fellows, both funded and unfunded, and contributed to the completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals

The APSA Minority Fellows program is designed primarily for minority students applying to enter a doctoral program in the field of POLITICAL SCIENCE.

Additional eligibility criteria include:
  • Applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal and state recognized tribes)
  • Applicants must be college/university seniors, college/university graduates, or students currently enrolled in a Master’s Program applying for doctoral study at another political science program/institution
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen at time of award
Eligible groups
Minority students who are citizens of the United States

Participating Institutions
All accredited institutions of higher learning in the USA

Fields of study
Courses of study in Political science

Number of awards
Designates upto twelve (12) stipend minority fellows each year. Additional applicants who do not receive funds from the Association may also be recognized and recommended for admission and financial support to graduate political science programs.

Sponsorship duration
This is a onetime financial award

Scholarship benefits
Fellows with stipends receive a $4,000 fellowship that is disbursed in two $2,000 payments--one at the end of their first graduate year and one at the end of their second--provided that they remain in good academic standing.

APSA can disburse some of the funds at the start of the academic year by request of the student.

Method of Application
To apply, submit all the following application materials:
  • 2011-2012 APSA Minority Fellows Program Checklist and Application (Download from official website - link to it is below)
  • A personal statement (maximum 500 words)
  • Resume
  • An official transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or others who can speak directly to your skills and knowledge of political science and potential for graduate study in political science
  • GRE scores (for more info, visit
  • The APSA Institution Code for the GRE is 3527.
The application deadline for the current cycle is October 8, 2010. Applicants must submit all the application materials (postmarked by October 8, 2010).

Awards are based on students' undergraduate or graduate course work, GPA, personal statement and resume, extracurricular activities, GRE scores, personal and recommendations from faculty.

Application Deadline: 8 October 2010
Open to International students: No (ONLY Americans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

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