American Political Science Association (APSA) Diversity Fellowship Program 2022/2023

Apply for the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program 2022/2023 are now open. The APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (formerly known as the APSA Minority Fellowship Program or MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.

American Political Science Association (APSA) Diversity Fellowship Program 2022/2023 (Up to $5,000)


November 12, 2021

The DFP was established in 1969 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. Over time, the fellowship program evolved into the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), expanding to include support for all scholars from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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.

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  • 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.


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.

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

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