APSA Minority Fellowship Program Spring Applications Due March 15 – Meet MFP Fellow Dara Gaines

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 Dara Gaines, 2018 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Dara Gaines is a first year PhD student at Northwestern University where she studies American politics. Concentrating on political behavior and participation, her research focuses on the intersections of race, place, and age. More specifically, Dara is interested in deepening the field’s understanding of Black Rural Consciousness and Millennial/Gen Z political activists. She hopes this work will add nuance to the discussion of both race and age as variables of interest in understanding political behavior and policy effects. Dara is deepening her understanding of both qualitative and quantitative methodology to offer well-rounded, multi-method research that can accurately describe these marginalized groups and their political attitudes. Dara anticipates giving these commonly understudied and under-voiced groups a platform for policy attention and change. Dara graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas in May of 2017 with her BA in political science and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.