Advancing the Discipline: Recipients of Special Projects Fund Initiative Announced

The American Political Science Association announced a total of $140,000 in Special Projects Fund grants to be presented to six teams of political scientists working to advance the discipline.

The 2020 Special Projects Fund grants recognize an exceptional group of 33 established and early career scholars representing 29 academic institutions.

“Our Special Projects Fund recipients are tackling some of the greatest challenges and embracing some of the greatest opportunities facing our profession,” said Steven Rathgeb Smith, Executive Director of APSA. “I am very confident that they will have a significant, positive impact on the quality of research our discipline produces, and equally importantly, that they will each work to make our discipline more inclusive and equitable.”

The grants awarded support projects focusing on a wide variety of topics, including advancing the impact of political science research through public engagement, expanding professional development opportunities and scholarly collaboration around civically engaged research, mixed-methods research, and world politics research, and advancing diversity and inclusion in the profession.

“The Special Projects Fund recipients this year represent the broad array of institutions and scholars that are representative of the types of research that APSA members are pursuing,” said Paula McClain, APSA President, James. B Duke Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and Dean of the Graduate School at Duke University.

Congratulations to the 2020 Special Projects Fund recipients: 

Broadening the Impact of Women Also Know Stuff

Building an Academic Pipeline: Safe Spaces for the Development of Junior Women of Color in Political Science

The Components, Processes, and Implications of Conducting Civically Engaged Research in Political Science

Diversifying and Expanding Participation in the Southwest Workshop on Mixed Methods Research (SWMMR)

HBCU No Student Left Behind Initiative (NSLBI)

Journeys in World Politics

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