The APSA Annual Fund provides immediate support to some of the association’s most critical initiatives. It is difficult to predict every opportunity or challenge that will emerge in a given year – an unrestricted gift to the Annual Fund helps APSA respond to needs as they arise.
In 2015, need arose for support to APSA’s travel grant program. The association experienced an 82% increase in requests for travel grant assistance to the Annual Meeting – thanks to the generosity of APSA friends and members who had made unrestricted contributions, APSA was able to approve more than 90% of the grant applications received. In total, APSA assisted more than 250 graduate students, international students, and international scholars from 27 countries with the costs of travel to San Francisco in 2015.
Katerina Tertytchnaya, an international scholar who attended the meeting from the United Kingdom, described the positive experience she had at the Annual Meeting thanks to receiving a travel grant:
I am immensely grateful to be a recipient of the APSA travel grants. This year’s meeting in San Francisco was by all means one of the most enriching, inspiring and motivating conferences I have ever had the pleasure to attend. Being incredibly well organized, the meeting offered many opportunities for young scholars to network and to establish contacts with fellow researchers in the field. All panels and poster sessions were most engaging and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to receive thorough feedback on my paper. I very much look forward to returning to future meetings of the Association!
— Katerina Tertytchnaya
To make a donation to the APSA Annual Fund and support critical programs like travel grants in 2016 and beyond, visit www.apsanet.org/donate-now.