2019 Giving by the Numbers in Support of Political Science

Reflecting on an outstanding calendar year of philanthropy, APSA would like to recognize and thank the generous individual and institutional supporters for their financial commitment during 2019.

Your philanthropy helps fulfill the APSA mission to further society’s knowledge of politics and foster effective governance and engaged citizenship. Donor support makes it possible for APSA to provide teaching and research fellowships, scholarships and recognition awards, grants for conducting research work, and additional activities that encourage the next generation of political science scholars and professionals at all stages.

By connecting the interests of donors with the strategic priorities of APSA, tangible impact on the profession and discipline is possible. Almost every endowed award and many programs and grant opportunities are funded directly by the generosity of APSA donors. This “by the numbers” snapshot exemplifies the impact of your philanthropy.



Through our Generation to Generation Initiative for the Ralph J. Bunche Fund, we are securing the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) for generations of students to come who will contribute a diverse collection of innovative ideas and approaches to the political science professoriate, as well as other academic and professional fields. Our challenge is to raise $2.5 million, and every donation and pledge helps us reach our goal. Since this effort began, thanks to contributions from alumni and friends, 407 donors have made 692 donations to bring us within approximately 20 percent of completing this initiative.

Continuing support from private foundations powered critical APSA programming in the United States and abroad. Support in 2018 from the Ivywood Foundation enabled several new multi-year activities to formally launch in 2019 such as the Institute for Civically Engaged Research (ICER), Peer-to-Peer Pedagogical Partnerships (P4), APSA Public Scholarship Program, and the new APSA Distinguished Award for Civic and Community Engagement that will be presented at the 2020 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

As part of a two-year initiative that began in late 2018, the Henry Luce Foundation is helping to fund Asia Pacific Research Development Workshops for the professional advancement of early-career social scientists in East and Southeast Asia. Among the new major funding committed in 2019 was a grant of $700,000 from Carnegie Corporation of New York, which allows APSA to continue carrying out training workshops and networking opportunities for early career political scientists from the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Additional funding support was received the following foundation partners:

  • Democracy Fund provided financial support for an APSA Public Service Fellow.
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provided a five-year grant to fund the programming of the APSA African Politics Conference Group as well as supplemental funds to support the APSA Task Force on Congressional Reform.
  • Institute of International Education, on behalf of the Ford Foundation, provided funds to support brain storming sessions towards the design of a network that brings together graduates of political science departments in the Arab world.
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is supporting APSA Annual Meeting travel grants and prizes for entrepreneurship research administered by the APSA Organized Section on Class and Inequality.
  • National Science Foundation awarded a $462,000 grant to APSA President Dr. Paula D. McClain to support the APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) for 2019-2021. The program is also supported by Duke University’s Office of the Provost, the political science department and APSA.

Thank you again for a tremendous year of giving in support of political science. We look forward to sharing more of our accomplishments and impact with you. Be on the lookout for the upcoming APSA annual report, which will be made available at apsanet.org/about/governance in the weeks ahead. For questions about supporting APSA, please contact development@apsanet.org.