APSA Minority Fellowship Program Spring Applications Due March 15 – Meet MFP Fellow Ayana Best

Apply Now for the APSA Spring 2019 Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) — Deadline for applications: March 15, 2019

The APSA Minority Fellows Program, established in 1969, aims to increase diversity in the discipline of political science. The Spring MFP supports students from underrepresented backgrounds who are currently enrolled in the first or second year of a political science PhD program. Awards will range between $500 and $1500, depending on availability funds. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the APSA Minority Fellowship Program.

Meet Ayana Best, 2018 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Ayana Best is completing her first year as PhD student at the University of Southern California. Her fields of concentration include American politics, comparative politics, and research methodology. She received her BA in political science and international relations at the University of California, Riverside. As an undergraduate, Best was elected president of the Black Student Union for two consecutive years. She served as vice president of finance and membership relations for the UC Riverside Student Alumni Association. She also received the Alpha Phi Alpha Pi Epsilon chapter Black Empowerment Award for her commitment to serving her community in various leadership roles. Best recently was awarded a Saundra K. Schneider Scholarship to participate in the 2018 ICPSR Summer Program in quantitative methods of social research. Best researches the politics of race, ethnicity, and social class in the United States, particularly within the African American community. She is also interested in the effects of social movements on community outcomes. Best is currently coauthoring two projects: one concerning police brutality and accountability, and the other regarding the removal of confederate monuments.