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Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs

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Through its facilities and endowed funding programs, APSA's Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs supports political scientists' research, teaching, and public engagement. 

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

Current Opportunities and Information

Visiting Scholars
The Visiting Scholar Program hosts scholars from the United States and abroad in every field of study as they conduct research and teach in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Interested in what current Visiting Scholars at the Centennial Center are working on? Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here.

Centennial Center Research Grant Deadlines
The Centennial Center offers one research grant deadline for the 2019-2020 grant year. Applications from APSA members for supplemental research support will be accepted until June 15, 2020. To learn more about our available grant funds and the process of applying for a research grant, please click here

Centennial Center Research Grants

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs 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. Grants can range in size from $500 to $10,000, depending upon the research fund.

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 strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about the Centennial Center research grant program here.

Centennial Center Fellowships

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs houses several fellowship programs for ASPA members, all supported by generous donations and bequests.

Pracademic Fellowship Program: This program provides APSA member academics in the fields of public policy and public administration with practical, hands-on experience off campus that recipients can take back to institutions and classrooms to help build bridges between the worlds of academe and applied politics. Read more about the Pracademic Program here.

Kenneth Sherrill Prize: The Prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues in political science. The purpose of the Prize is to encourage and enable empirical work on LGBT topics by graduate students, and broaden the recognition of this work within political science. Read more about the prize here.

William A. Steiger Fellowship: Incoming Congressional Fellows are eligible to apply for a grant from the William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies to spend up to two months at the Centennial Center, carrying out a research project on legislative studies, in advance of the main fellowship year. APSA members interested in the Steiger Fellowship as part of their Congressional Fellowship experience must express their interest while applying for the Congressional Fellowship Program.

Centennial Center Visiting Scholar Program

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs assists scholars from the United States and abroad whose research and teaching would benefit from a stay in Washington, D.C. and access to the resources available in the nation's capital.

The Center can host scholars for short periods to extended periods of time, ranging from weeks to months. All APSA members are eligible to use the Center. Senior or junior faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about the Visiting Scholar Program here.

Lipset Library & Wildavsky Conference Room

The Centennial Center library, named for former APSA president Seymour Martin Lipset, is an enclosed space designed for collaborative and short-term resident work. The Lipset Library can house small meetings or interview sessions and has plug-in capabilities available for scholars using the Center on a short-term basis. The library also houses APSA’s archives of PS: Political Science & Politics, the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics. and APSA award-winning books.

The Wildavsky Conference Room, named in honor of former APSA president Aaron Wildavsky, provides meeting space for visiting scholars conducting symposia or interviews. It is available to organizations, schools, or individuals needing classroom, meeting, or reception space for small events (up to 30 people). This space was made possible by generous gift donations from the University of Louisville and the Wildavsky family.

For inquiries about using the Lipset Library or Wildavsky Conference room for events, symposia, or interviews, please email [email protected].

Who We Are

Amanda Grigg
Director of The Centennial Center

Amanda leads all aspects of the Centennial Center mission, operations, and program development, including Centennial Center research grants, Visiting Scholar and Pracademic Fellowship Programs, and teaching workshops in Washington, DC, as well as supporting the New Partnerships for Progress presidential task force.

Vinaya Bharam
Program Assistant of The Centennial Center

Vinaya provides administrative and organizational support to the Centennial Center, and Public Engagement Programs.

Learn more about the Centennial Center Advisory Board here.

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