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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

The APSA Public Scholarship Program 2024-2025

If you’re a political science graduate student passionate about bridging the gap between academic research and public understanding, the APSA Public Scholarship Program is tailor-made for you. This remote fellowship offered by the American Political Science Association (APSA) offers a unique opportunity to engage with cutting-edge political science research and translate it into accessible summaries for wider audiences. As a fellow, you’ll contribute to APSA’s blog, (, and gain exposure through their social media channels. This article will give you an in-depth look into this Fellowship.


The APSA Public Scholarship Description

The APSA Public Scholarship Program is a remote fellowship designed for political science graduate students. Its purpose is to introduce these students to the intellectual and practical aspects of presenting academic scholarship to the public. During the 12-month fellowship, participants focus on producing accessible summaries of cutting-edge political science research. These summaries are shared via APSA’s blog, (, and on APSA’s social media channels. Fellows also have the opportunity to contribute to APSA’s member magazine, Political Science Today. The program aims to foster informed discourse about politics, policy, and civic issues by bridging the gap between academic research and public understanding. Eligible doctoral students with an interest in public scholarship are encouraged to apply, and selected fellows receive a $2,000 stipend to support their work.


Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a doctoral student in political science.

  • Applicants should have a strong interest in public scholarship.

  • Students at any stage of their doctoral program are welcome to apply, including those in the early stages of research.

  • International students are eligible to apply.

  • There are no citizenship restrictions for participation.


Application Process

Applications for the APSA Public Scholarship fellowship are made online through the

online application portal after registering a new account.

During your application, you'll be requested to provide the following documents:

  1. CV (2 pages max.): Please include contact information, academic department, relevant employment and service history, and academic accomplishments. Applicants who have published work in popular magazines, newspapers, or blogs (e.g. the Duck of Minerva, The Monkey Cage) are encouraged to list those citations in addition to any scholarly publications.

  2. Statement of Interest: 1 page single-spaced max at least 11-point font.

  3. Writing Sample: A sample of writing about political science for a public audience (3 single-spaced pages max, at least 11-point font). This can include previously published work in popular outlets. In place of an existing writing sample, applicants may also write a summary of a recent APSR article. Summaries should be a maximum of 600 words. Please, do not send academic writing samples, since the evaluation will be made based on accessibility of writing for the wider audience.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2024




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