American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program

The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. Each year, APSA awards up to 12 funded fellowships in the amount of $4,000. Additionally, APSA also offers a new spring round of the MFP awards for graduate students in the pre-dissertation stage of their career, currently in the form of a one-time award ranging between $500-$1500, to support expenses related to PhD graduate study for first and second-year political science PhD students from underrepresented groups.

Awards website:


Applicants must be a member of designated underrepresented ethnic minority groups.  They must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science.Additionally, applicants must, at the time of application, 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. For fall awards, applicants 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.  For spring awards, applicants must be a first or second-year graduate student, and currently enrolled in a political science PhD program.

Typical Deadline:

Fall awards: November, Spring awards: March