APSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)


The APSA Minority Fellowship Program Celebrates 50 Years of Scholar Support

The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline. Since its inception, the APSA MFP has designated more than 600 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals. 

Submit Your MFP Alumni Reflection

To mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the APSA MFP and to recognize the numerous contributions to teaching, research, and service in the discipline and beyond, APSA is invites all program alumni to submit an Alumni Reflection by March 1st. Alumni reflections will be featured on the APSA website. To submit your reflection today! 

About the Fellowship 

Each year, APSA awards between 12-14 funded fellowships in the amount of $4,000. Recently, APSA introduced a new spring round of the MFP awards for graduate students in the pre-dissertation stage of their career. This year the spring cycle MFP awards are available in the form of a one-time award ranging between $500-$1500 (depending upon funding availability), to support expenses related to PhD graduate study for first and second year political science PhD students from underrepresented groups.  


Fellowship Applications

The 2019-2020 APSA Minority Fellows Program Application, Spring Cycle is now open. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019New fellows will be announced in May 2019.