APSA Diversity Fellowship Program

How to Apply for APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (Up to $5000) 2022/2023

APSA Diversity Fellowship Program 2022 2023| American Political Science Association (APSA) has open application portal for Diversity Fellowship Program. APSA is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 11,000 members in more than 100 countries. Carefully read through before you apply.

APSA focuses on the following core objectives:

  • promoting scholarly research and communication, domestically and internationally.
  • promoting high quality teaching and education about politics and government.
  • diversifying the profession and representing its diversity.
  • increasing academic and non-academic opportunities for members.
  • strengthening the professional environment for political science.
  • representing the professional interests of political scientists.
  • defending the legitimacy of scholarly research into politics and government.
  • recognizing outstanding work in the discipline.
  • encouraging the application of rigorous ethical and intellectual standards in the profession.
  • serving the public, including disseminating research and preparing citizens to be effective citizens and political participants.

As of Fall 2020, the program was renamed to the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program to better mirror language that reflects, encourages, and uplifts aspiring scholars of color and to acknowledge the current and projected demographic shifts in racial and ethnic populations in the US. Since its inception, the APSA DFP has designated more than 600 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals.



  • Awarded fellows will receive $5,000 disbursed over two years.


Applicants for the DFP Fall Cycle must be undergraduate seniors, recent graduates, or other individuals (including students in terminal MA programs) in the process of applying for PhD programs in political science

Applicants must:

  • Be a member of one of the following underrepresented racial or ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
  • Demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science.
  • Be a US citizen, US national, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) at the time of application.

How to Apply;

All application materials (transcripts and letters of recommendations) must be submitted through the online application system to be reviewed by the selection committee. You may submit unofficial transcripts or degree audits in lieu of official transcripts for the purposes of application review.

The GRE requirement has been waived for students applying to the Fall 2022-23 APSA Diversity Fellowship Program. APSA recognizes that given COVID restrictions and social distancing guidelines, it may be difficult to safely access in-person GRE testing prior to the application deadline. All applicants should consider that the GRE may still be required for admittance into a political science PhD program.

To apply, create an APSA profile and submit your online application.

For more information, visit APSA Diversity Fellowship

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