Centennial Center Research Grant Program

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs offers thirteen different grants to assist APSA members with the costs of research, including travel, interviews, access to archives, or costs for a research assistant. Funds can also be used to assist scholars in publishing their research.

Each grant fund has a unique set of aims, including supporting international scholarship, electoral scholarship, and scholarship on race and gender. See below for detailed information about individual grant aims. The typical Centennial Center grant for an individual scholar is between $1,000 and $2,500, but awards can reach a maximum size of $10,000 for workshops, events, or projects that more broadly support or advance the discipline.

The Centennial Center, its facilities, and research support programs continue to be made possible in part through the generous donations of APSA members.


Applying for a Centennial Center Research Grant

The Centennial Center reviews grant applications in June and December of each year. The next application deadline is: Friday, June 15, 2018.

Note: Applications for Centennial Center funding in June 2018 must be limited to the Second Century Fund, the Steiger Fund, the Presidency Research Fund, the Warren Miller Fund, the Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Fund, or the Rita Mae Kelly Fund. See "What grant funds" below for more information on these funds.

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read all of the information below and contact the Centennial Center team with any questions prior to submitting their application for support.

What grant funds does the Centennial Center offer?

The Center offers a wide selection of funds, each supporting a different, specific research purpose.

Each fund has a different limits on the maximum size of a research grant they can support. If you have questions about the level of funding that a Centennial research fund can provide, please contact our team before applying.

  • Second Century Fund: Supports general professional opportunity grants, including research and teaching affiliated with the Centennial Center.
  • Edward Artinian Fund for Publishing: The Artinian Fund supports programs that encourage and assist early career scholars in publishing their research. Applications for this fund should follow the collaborative publication concept specified in the Call for Applications.
  • Marguerite Ross Barnett Fund: Supports research on diversity, cultural nationalism, African-American voting behavior, education policy, or urban and minority policy and politics.
  • James Bryce Fund for Political Science: Supports the global study of political life and the internationalization of the political science discipline.
  • Huang Hsing Chun-tu Hsueh Fellowship Fund: The Chun-tu Hsueh Fund supports international scholarship, especially from Asia.
  • Warren E. Miller Fund in Electoral Politics: The Miller Fund supports research in national and comparative electoral politics.
  • Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Civic Education Fund: The Ostrom Fund supports the Association's promotion of democratic engagement; efforts to advance understanding of self-governing systems; the possibilities of moving from authoritarian to democratic systems; and the critical role of citizens in a democratic polity. Grants can support training seminars, publications, out-reach activities, and research.
  • Presidency Research Fund: Supports scholars conducting work on the presidency, and whose work brings them to Washington, D.C. to examine executive politics.
  • Rita Mae Kelly Fund: Supports research on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and political power.
  • William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies: The Steiger Fund enables Congressional Fellowship Program alumni to extend their stays in Washington for research. It also supports scholarly research in any aspect of domestic or international legislative politics.
  • Women & Politics Fund: Supports scholarship in the field of women and politics.
  • Fund for Latino Scholarship: This fund supports Latino/a graduate study as well as Latino/a scholarship, research, and activities that advance our knowledge of Latino/a politics. Additionally, the fund is used to support Latino/a junior faculty. The Fund for Latino Scholarship is administered by the Latino Caucus in Political Science/Sector Latino de Ciencia Politica. If you are interested in seeking funding from this fund, please contact [email protected] for more information.
  • Paul A. Volcker Fund: Promotes and supports excellence in research and theory on public administration issues affecting governance in the United States and abroad. This award is administered by the Organized Section for Public Administration. For more information, visit their website.

Who's eligible for a Centennial Center research grant?

Your membership with APSA must be active in order to be eligible for a grant. You do not need to be a member of our visiting scholar program in order to be eligible for a grant. Senior or junior faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students are all strongly encouraged to apply.

What costs does a Centennial Center research grant cover?

A Centennial grant assists APSA members with the costs of research, including travel, interviews, access to archives, or costs for a research assistant. Funds can also be used to assist scholars in publishing their research. Indirect costs (using grant funds for rent or overhead) and fringe benefits are not covered by a Centennial Center research grant. If you have questions about what a grant covers, please contact the Centennial Center team before applying at [email protected].

How do I apply for a Centennial Center grant?

Applications for the Centennial Center research grant program require:

  • A copy of your CV
  • An abstract (1 page in length)
  • Project statement (up to five pages in length) including a detailed description of the topic; the originality of the proposed study; a summary of the basic ideas and hypotheses; the methodology to be used; the present status of your research; the relevance of your grant application to the grant fund(s) selected; the materials that will be used, and, if applicable, the importance of Washington-area resources to your research.
  • Two recommendations are required for Centennial Center grant applications. Your recommendations should speak to the specific research being proposed, as well as your qualifications to undertake it (not required for Artinian Fund applications).

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