APSA Minority Fellowship Program Spring Applications Due November 15 – Meet MFP Fellow Giovanni Castro

The 2019-2020 APSA Minority Fellows Program Application, fall cycle will be closing soon. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2018.

Each year, APSA awards 12 funded fellowships in the amount of $4,000 to support individuals from underrepresented backgrounds who are applying to grad school in political science. The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds or individuals studying indigenous governance and politics who are applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline. Recently, APSA introduced a new spring round of the MFP awards for graduate students in the pre-dissertation stage of their career. This year the spring cycle MFP awards are available in the form of a one-time award ranging between $500-$1000, to support expenses related to PhD graduate study for first and second year political science PhD students from underrepresented groups.

Meet Giovanni Castro, 2018 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Giovanni Castro Irizarry is a senior in political science with a specialization in international relations and government at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. His research interests include political economy and international relations. Giovanni completed an internship in the Foreign Relations Office at the Department of State of Puerto Rico and has a certification in diplomacy and international relations with an emphasis in finances and economics from the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe. In 2017, Giovanni completed an internship at the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at Purdue University, where he had the privilege of working with Dr. James McCann on a research project that examined the effects of the economy in elections in Puerto Rico.