APSA Minority Fellowship Program Spring Applications Due March 15 – Meet MFP Fellow Kesicia Dickinson

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 Kesicia Dickinson, 2018 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Kesicia Dickinson is a PhD student in the department of political science at Michigan State University. She earned a BS in criminal justice at Jackson State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Before joining the political science department at MSU, she worked for a Mississippi-based civic engagement organization where she led numerous campaigns to increase statewide voter participation and create economic development in rural communities. She also created and conducted youth seminars about civil liberties and community organizing in this capacity. Currently, she is a doctoral fellow at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at MSU  where she works on surveys, grants, and experimental projects. She has presented at professional conferences and is a coauthor of a book chapter about candidate training programs (forthcoming 2018). Kesicia’s research focuses on race and politics, specifically representation, women of color, and elections. She plans to pursue a career in academia while remaining active in community engagement and social advocacy. She hopes to create and strengthen existing pipelines that connect persons of color to political science doctoral programs.