APSA’s Annual Fund Impacts Critical Programs and Travel Costs to Annual Meeting

The APSA Annual Fund provides immediate support to some of the association’s most critical programs. An unrestricted gift to the Annual Fund can be directed to a wide variety of APSA initiatives. In the past, the fund has supported the compilation of syllabi collections, short courses on professional development, and Annual Meeting travel grants.

In 2015, APSA experienced an 82% increase in applications for travel grant assistance to the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Thanks to the generosity of APSA members who had made previous unrestricted donations, APSA was able to provide assistance to more than 90% of the requests received. In total, APSA provided travel assistance to more than 250 graduate students, international students, and international scholars from 27 different countries.

One of the recipients, Kiran Auerbach, shared the impact a travel grant had on her Annual Meeting experience:

Auerbach_Annual PictureThis was my first time attending APSA’s annual meeting, and I was very excited to have been selected to present a paper at the conference. My home university could not help to cover any conference-related costs since I am officially on leave this academic year in order to do field research abroad for my dissertation. The APSA travel grant helped alleviate transportation costs in San Francisco. – Kiran Auerbach

Help the Annual Fund continue to support critical programs like travel grants in 2016 and beyond! To make a contribution to the Annual Fund or other APSA funds, please visit www.apsanet.org/donate-now.