APSA Minority Fellowship Program Spring Applications Due March 15 – Meet MFP Fellow Austin Nelson

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 Austin Nelson, 2018 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Austin Nelson is a PhD student in the department of government and a JD student in the school of law at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include American public law, law and social science, and the philosophy of law. Nelson graduated from Hendrix College in 2015 where he was a National Merit Scholar, a National Hispanic Scholar, and an Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholar. He earned a BA summa cum laude in politics with distinction and in philosophy and religious studies with distinction, received three departmental awards, and won the Arkansas Political Science Association’s award for his senior thesis on the Voting Rights Act and race-conscious redistricting. Nelson earned a MA in public policy and administration from Baylor University in 2017, and he received the Richard D. Huff Award for a distinguished master’s student. After completing his combined degree program at the University of Texas, Nelson will pursue a career in academia.