APSA Minority Fellowship Program Spring Applications Due March 15 – Meet MFP Fellow Helen Rabello Kras

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 Helen Rabello Kras, 2018 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Helen Rabello Krasis a PhD student and teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky focusing on comparative politics and minoring in international relations. Prior to beginning her graduate studies in 2016, Helen graduated with an MA in international development from Western Michigan University and worked as a program associate for the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC. Her research analyzes the effects of violence against women on survivors’ political behavior and attitudes in her home-country, Brazil. Kras is interested in how institutions for survivors and services that prevent violence against women shape female citizens’ attitudes toward the government. She conducted field work in Brazil in 2017 where she interviewed service providers for victims of violence against women. Her current research focuses on Brazil, with an additional focus on El Salvador and Mexico. During her first year as a PhD student, Helen received a research assistantship from the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky. This research assistantship allowed Helen to work on a co-authored project regarding the role of women’s police stations in Brazil in shaping citizens’ attitudes towards the police.