APSA Diversity Fellowship Program: Fall Application

DFP Fall Applicant Checklist

✔ Completed online application form, which includes fields for personal statement, resume, and list of recommenders.

✔ Transcripts
Official transcripts, unofficial transcripts, or degree audits must be uploaded to the application form each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.  

✔ Letters of recommendation 
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted. Recommenders must submit their letters directly to the application system. Applicants will be prompted to send a request within the application.  

✔ GRE Score Report 
The GRE requirement has been waived for students applying the Fall 2022-23 APSA Diversity Fellowship Program. Applicants will not be asked to submit a GRE score report as part of their application materials. Please note that many PhD programs will still require a GRE score as part of a formal application to graduate school. 

Applications for the 2024-2025 APSA Diversity Fellowship Program, Fall Cycle, will open late September, 2023. 

Applicants for the DFP Fall Cycle 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. Awarded fellows will receive $5000, disbursed over two years. 

Fall applicants must: 

  • Be members of one of the following historically under-represented racial/ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal /state recognized tribes); or be able to demonstrate interest in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance. Applications from scholars of MENA descent are welcome.
  • Demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science. 
  • 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. 

Applying for the Diversity Fellowship Program

To apply, create an APSA profile and submit your online application. All application materials (transcripts and letters of recommendations) must be submitted through the online application system to be reviewed by the selection committee. You may submit unofficial transcripts or degree audits in lieu of official transcripts for the purposes of application review. 

The GRE requirement has been waived for students applying to the Fall 2022-23 APSA Diversity Fellowship Program. APSA recognizes that given COVID restrictions and social distancing guidelines, it may be difficult to safely access in-person GRE testing prior to the application deadline. All applicants should consider that the GRE may still be required for admittance into a political science PhD program. 


For further information on the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program, please visit these frequently asked questions. Additional questions about the application process can be directed to the APSA Diversity & Inclusion Programs team at diversityprograms@apsanet.org.