The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) is an intensive five-week program held at Duke University each year for rising seniors. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups.

APSA is incredibly proud that over 600 students have attended the RBSI over time and more than 20 percent of students are completing or have completed PhDs. The RBSI has one of the largest impacts for programs of this kind.

We are fortunate that the National Science Foundation guaranteed funding through 2021, but our priority is to fully fund the RBSI for generations of students to come.  Through the Generation to Generation Initiative, APSA and donors are building a $2.5M program fund to sustain the RBSI. 

RBSI Class of 2019

Please join us in securing the future of the RBSI program. Your financial gift is the enduring gift of education for those who follow in your footsteps.

Many of you have benefited from the generosity of others in achieving your goals.  Now, it is your opportunity to help support the political science scholars, researchers, and professionals of tomorrow.

You can make donations of cash, stocks, and bequests, or pledge your support over a period of time. For more information or questions, contact Jason Sapia at 202-349-9357 or [email protected]

Donate now to Ralph Bunche Programs Fund


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