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APSA Annual Fund
The Annual Fund provides supplemental support to critical APSA programs. The Fund also enables APSA to create new initiatives.

It is impossible to anticipate all of the challenges the profession will meet, but your generosity, and that of hundreds of other APSA members, enables the Association to make resources available to the political science community.
Rita Mae Kelly Fund
The Rita Mae Kelly Fund was established in proud and loving memory by her friends and colleagues, in affiliation with the Women's Caucus for Political Science, the Latino Caucus in Political Science, the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos/Latina in the Profession, the APSA Race, Ethnicity and Politics Organized Section, and the APSA Women and Politics Research Organized Section. The fund supports research on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and political power through, but not limited to, research grants for pre-dissertation graduate students, awards, or public presentations addressing the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and politics.
James Bryce Fund for International Political Science
James Bryce Fund for International Political Science was established in honor of the British historian and politician. The fund supports the global study of political life and the internationalization of the political science discipline and profession through research residencies at the Centennial Center and elsewhere, collaborative research workshops involving political scientists from the United States and abroad, teaching and curriculum development programs for emerging political science communities, and travel grants to the APSA Annual Meeting.
Ralph Bunche Endowment Fund
The Ralph Bunche Endowment Fund helps APSA ensure the continuity of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. Contributions support programming that introduces students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups to careers and graduate study in political science, including the professoriate.
Hanes Walton Jr. Award
The Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award is named in honor of the former APSA Vice President (2012-13) and professor of political science at the University of Michigan. Given biennially, this award recognizes a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to our understanding of racial and ethnic politics and illuminates the conditions under which diversity and intergroup tolerance thrive in democratic societies.
Robert A. Dahl Award
The Robert A. Dahl Prize is to be awarded annually by the American Political Science Association. This prize will be awarded to an untenured faculty member who has produced scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy. Thus, non-ladder faculty members and junior tenure-track faculty at universities and colleges are eligible to apply. The aim is to make a first award in 2015, pending sufficient funds.
Kenneth Sherrill Fund
The Kenneth Sherrill Prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) topics in political science. The purpose of the prize is to encourage and enable empirical work on LGBT topics by graduate students, and to broaden recognition of this work within political science.

Program Operating Support

Second Century Fund
The Second Century Fund supports professional opportunity grants including research and teaching residencies affiliated with the Centennial Center, travel grants for advanced graduate students and scholars traveling from abroad, and support for workshops and colloquia on special topics.
Centennial Center Annual Fund
The Centennial Center Annual Fund provides immediate support to the Center. It provides flexibility in providing for new opportunities, such as sponsoring an innovative workshop and providing research funds to a scholar from a small institution.
Warren E. Miller Fund
The Warren Miller Fund honors the outstanding contributions of Warren E. Miller to the study of electoral politics and other areas of political science inquiry. The fund supports research residencies in national and comparative electoral politics at the Centennial Center.
Seymour Martin Lipset Library Fund
The Seymour Martin Lipset Library Fund was established in recognition of Lipset's contributions to the scholarly community and public affairs, and supports the naming of the Centennial Center Library as a permanent tribute to him. The library includes journals, daily periodicals, and books, as well as space for small meetings, interview sessions, and access to wifi for scholars stopping by the Center for day visits.
Edward Artinian Fund for Publishing
The Ed Artinian Fund for Publishing supports programs that encourage and assist young scholars in publishing their research. This endowment was established in memory of Ed Artinian, founder and president of Chatham House Publishers.

The programs may be offered at the Centennial Center, or at the APSA Annual Meeting or regional political science association meetings.
Pendleton Herring Political Print Collection
The Herring Collection was established through generous gifts from Pen Herring, who donated upwards of thirty pieces of art to form the core of a growing body of work that celebrates profound democratic ideals or satirically acknowledge society's occasional failure to live up to these lofty ends. The collection includes engravings or lithographs by George Caleb Bingham about American elections; William Hogarth's series on corruption in 18th century English elections; Henri Monnier's critical view of bureaucratic behavior; and the satirical political cartoons of Keppler, Dalrymple and Gillam featured in the pages of Puck during the late 19th century. Today, the Herring Fund supports the expansion and maintenance of the Collection.
Congressional Fellowship Annual Fund
The Congressional Fellowship Program is supported by an endowment from MCI, as well as by alumni and friends of the program. The program also receives support from a range of sponsor organizations. Recent sponsor organizations include the American Australian Association, Asia Foundation, Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program, National Association of Social Workers Foundation, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

Donations to the Congressional Fellowship Annual Fund are used exclusively to support Fellowship programs.

Promoting Gender, Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Victoria Schuck Award
The Victoria Schuck Award is given annually for the best book published on women and politics.
Prestage-Fenno Fund
The Jewel L. Prestage and Richar F. Fenno Fund for Minority Opportunities promotes and supports expanded opportunities for minority students contemplating advanced training in political science through such programs as, though not limited to, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI). The fund honors two political scientists who were instrumental in developing the RBSI: Jewel Prestage, who served as its first director, and Richard Fenno, who advanced the idea during his term as APSA president.
Fund for Latino Scholarship
The Fund for Latino Scholarship was established by the Sector Latino de Ciencia Politica (Latino Political Science Caucus) and the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos/as in the Profession to enhance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latino political scientists. The scholarship fund awards grants to initiatives that identify promising Latino undergraduates and encourage them to enter the profession of political science, and provide professional opportunities and financial assistance to Latino graduate study.
Women and Politics Fund
The Women and Politics Fund supports scholars conducting work in the field of women and politics.
Marguerite Ross Barnett Fund
The Marguerite Ross Barnett Fund was established by APSA and the Women's Caucus for Political Science to honor the memory of political scientist Marguerite Ross Barnett, whose untimely death in 1992 at the age of 49 cut short a brilliant career of an extraordinary person.

The fund acknowledges the breadth of Barnett's scholarly and personal commitments and supports a biennial grant for research on issues of diversity, cultural nationalism, African American voting behavior, education policy, or urban and minority policy and politics. The award can be made to a resident or non-resident scholar of the Centennial Center.

Teaching and Research Fellowships

Michael Brintnall Teaching and Learning Award
The Michael Brintnall Teaching and Learning Award supports attendance at the annual APSA Teaching and Learning Conference by faculty who would be unable to cover the costs associated with participation. The fund is named in honor of former APSA Executive Director Michael Brintnall who played an integral role in founding the conference more than a decade ago.

The award provides conference registration scholarships and a one-year complimentary APSA membership for lower-payscale faculty.
Beryl Radin Fund
The Beryl Radin Fund is established from a generous future bequest by the 2013 APSA Gaus Award and Lectureship Recipient Beryl A. Radin. The fund supports the APSA Pracademic Program, based on Professor Radin's description of herself as a "pracademic" moving back and forth between the world of the practitioner and the academic. The Pracademic Program will support a fellowship aimed at providing APSA member academics in the fields of public policy and public administration with practical, hands-on experience that the recipients can take back to their institutions and classrooms to help build bridges between the worlds of academe and applied politics.
Distinguished Teaching Award
The Distinguished Teaching Award honors the outstanding contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions.
Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Civic Education Fund
The Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Civic Education Fund was established in honor of Elinor and Vincent Ostroms mothers. It supports the promotion of democratic engagement through research, outreach, and seminars that promote the study of the critical role of citizens in a democratic polity.
Presidency Research Fund
Presidency Research Fund was established by the APSA Presidents and Executive Politics Section to support scholars conducting research on the American presidency and whose work brings them to Washington DC to examine the relationships, institutions, and environment surrounding the president.
William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies
The William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies recognizes the contributions Representative Steiger (R-WI) made to APSA's Congressional Fellowship Program during his tenure in Congress. The fund enables former APSA Congressional Fellows to extend their stays in Washington to conduct research or complete a writing project related to their experiences as Congressional Fellows. The fund also supports scholars engaged in teaching and research in any aspect of domestic or international legislative politics.
Paul A. Volcker Fund
Paul A. Volcker Fund for Public Service Research and Education is named in honor of the former Federal Reserve Chairman for his exemplary contributions to enhancing and promoting the practice and image of public service in the United States. The fund promotes and supports excellence in research and theory on public administration issues affecting governance in the United States and abroad, as well as research-related professional development opportunities, more broadly defined.
Gabriel Almond Award
The Gabriel A. Almond was created in recognition of Almond's contributions to the discipline, profession, and the association. He was a long time faculty member at Stanford University and APSA President (1966). Almond's scholarly work contributed directly to the development of theory in comparative politics and brought together work on the developing areas and Western Europe that prevented splintering into an array of disparate areas studies.

The award is given annually for the best dissertation in the field of comparative politics, and carries a prize of $750.

Professional Awards

William Anderson Award
The William Anderson Award was established in honor of former APSA president Anderson who was a leading American authority in the areas of local government, public administration, intergovernmental relations and the history of political science. He did much to shape teaching and research in these fields not only at his own university, but throughout the country.

The William Anderson prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics. It carries a prize of $750.
Edward Corwin Award
The Edward S. Corwin Award was established in recognition of the former APSA president, a nationally known and prolific scholar who worked with academics and politicians on constitutional issues. He was perhaps most well known for his support of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Supreme Court reorganization ("court packing") plan.

The Corwin Award is given annually for the best dissertation in the field of public law. It carries a prize of $750.
Carey McWilliams Award
The Carey McWilliams Award was established to in recognition of McWilliams's intellectual forthrightness and political independence as a journalist. The award is given annually to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics. It carries a $750 prize.
Charles Merriam Award
The Charles E. Merriam Award was established to recognize Merriam's career, which exemplified a combination of innovative political and social science scholarship and practical service to the community and nation. The department he chaired in the 1920s-1940s set the agenda of the political science profession in the post World War II decades. He was the key figure in the founding of the Social Science Research Council, and chaired it in its first decades. Merriam's public service included membership in the Chicago City Council, and President Roosevelt's National Resources Planning Board, and the Committee on Administrative Management.

The Charles Merriam Award is given biennially to a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research. First presented in 1975, the award was revived in 1995 and is presented biennially. The award carries a prize of $500.
Ithiel de Sola Pool Award
The Ithiel de Sola Pool Award and Lectureship was established in 1995 by the Association to honor the memory and contributions of de Sola Pool, a scholar whose research explored a broad range of fields including political theory, political behavior, political communication, science and technology policy, and international affairs.

The Pool Award is made triennially, next in 2016. It includes a $2000 prize, and the recipient delivers a lecture at the APSA Annual Meeting.
E. E. Schattschneider Award
The E.E. Schattschneider Award was established in 1971 in honor of Elmer Eric Schattschneider, a former APSA president and widely published and respected political scientist.

The Schattschneider Award is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation completed and accepted during that year or the previous year in the field of American government. This award carries a prize of $750.
Leo Strauss Award
The Leo Strauss Award established by Strauss's former students who sought to recognize his extraordinary influence on generations of students and his contributions to the field of political philosophy. He was a major figure in the department of political science at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1949 to 1967.

The Strauss award is given annually for the best dissertation in the field of political philosophy. It carries a prize of $750.

Faculty and Advanced Graduate Student Travel Grants

Walter E. Beach Travel Fund
The Walter E. Beach Travel Fund was made possible by the individual generosity of the late Walter Beach and his many friends and colleagues. The fund provides travel grants to junior scholars and graduate students attending the APSA Annual Meeting.

Beach had a long and distinguished relationship with APSA. He joined the APSA staff in 1966 and played a vital role in expanding the Association's work. He served as editor of PS: Political Science and Politics from 1971-1980. Beach served as unofficial APSA historian and offered wise counsel over the years. In 1998, Beach received the Association's Goodnow Award for his many contributions to political science.
Chun-tu Hsueh Fund
The Chun-tu Hsueh Fellowship Fund reflects the Association's efforts to expand contact and opportunities for political scientists around the world. The fund provides international scholars, especially those from Asia, funding to cover short-term stays at the Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs.

It was created by a generous founding gift from the Huang Hsing Foundation (USA) and Chun-tu Hsueh.
Lee Ann Fujii Minority Fellow Travel Grants
Support MFP Travel Grants in memory of Dr. Lee Ann Fujii, a highly respected scholar of political violence, ethnicity and race, African politics and field methods.