APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (DFP)

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 s

Applicants for the Diversity Fellowship Program Spring Cycle must be a first or second year graduate student, and currently enrolled in a political science PhD program. A letter of enrollment verification is required. Please note: Current APSA D/MFP Fellows are not eligible to apply.

Each fall, the DFP awards between 12-14 funded fellowships in the amount of $4,000 over two years to students applying to doctoral programs in political science. Each spring, the DFP offers fellowships to graduate students in the pre-dissertation stage of their doctoral program. The Spring DFP is a one time award ranging from $1000 - $2000, depending on funding availability.

Deadline Information

Spring MFP Fellowship: Friday, March 19, 2021

Fall MFP Fellowship: Currently closed

Eligibility Requirements

Spring applicants must:

  • Be members of one of the following under-represented racial/ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal /state recognized tribes).
  • 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
  • Demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science.

Application Process

DFP Spring Applicant Checklist

✔ Online application form, which includes fields for personal statement, resume, and list of references.

✔ A letter of enrollment verification. (submit via online application form)

✔ Official transcripts (submit online, email, or mail). Provide transcripts or degree audits from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. All transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. 

✔ Letters of recommendation (submit online) Two letters of recommendation must be submitted by faculty members who are familiar with your academic work.