American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Program for Minority Students

APSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

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

Scholarship Description
The American Political Science Association (ASPA) offers the Minority Fellows Program (MFP) as a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.

The APSA Minority Fellowship Program was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline. Since its inception, the APSA MFP has designated more than 500 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals.

Each year, APSA awards up to 12 funded fellowships. Recently, APSA introduced a new spring round of the MFP awards for graduate students in the pre-dissertation stage of their career.

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
Citizens of the United States

Participating Institutions
Accredited institutions of higher learning in the USA

Fields of study
Doctoral level study in Political science

Number of awards
APSA awards up to 12 funded fellowships. Plus a new spring round of awards.

Sponsorship duration
Fully funded awards are 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.

Scholarship benefits
Fellows receive funded fellowships worth $4,000.
This year the spring cycle MFP awards are available in the form of a one-time award ranging between $500-$1500 (depending upon funding availability), to support expenses related to PhD graduate study for first and second year political science PhD students from underrepresented groups.

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)

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