Call for Applications: 2022-2023 Public Scholarship Program

APSA is accepting applications to join the fourth cohort of the Public Scholarship Program fellows. This program offers remote part-time fellowships that introduces political science graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of presenting academic scholarship to the public. In doing so, the program advances several core aims of APSA’s mission: supporting informed discourse about politics, policy, and civic participation, disseminating information and publishing research findings, and enhancing the capacity of political scientists to communicate their ideas within the discipline and to the wider public. The Public Scholarship Program was created in collaboration with the APSA Presidential Task Force for New Partnerships, and thanks to generous support from the Ivywood Foundation. Learn more about the program here.

The Fellowship

  • Timing: Fellows will participate in a 12-month fellowship beginning in the spring of 2022 with a virtual orientation.
  • Training: The public scholarship orientation will feature training by APSA staff as well as presentations from editors and science communication experts.
  • The Fellowship Period:
    • Fellows will work with American Political Science Review authors and APSA staff to develop public-facing summaries of APSR
    • Fellows will be invited to prepare a public-facing post on their own research interests.
    • Fellows’ work will be shared via APSA’s blog, PoliticalScienceNow, as well as on APSA social media accounts.
  • Support: Fellows will receive a $2,000 stipend to support their work and will receive complimentary registration and lodging for the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Apply here by April 15, 2022.

Eligibility:

We welcome doctoral students in political science who have completed their first year of graduate work by the beginning of the fellowship period. Among the criteria for selection are the applicant’s interests and investment in public scholarship, as well as the ability to write for a general audience. Anyone with an interest in public scholarship is encouraged to apply, whether or not that interest is explicit in their existing work. One can see an example of a recently published summary of APSR article here.

Application Materials:

CV (2 pages max.): Please include contact information, academic department, relevant employment and service history, and academic accomplishments. Applicants who have published work in popular magazines, newspapers, or blogs (e.g., the Duck of Minerva, the Monkey Cage) are encouraged to list those citations in addition to any scholarly publications.

Statement of Interest: 1 page single-spaced max at least 11-point font.

Writing Sample: a sample of writing about political science for a public audience (3 single-spaced pages max, at least 11-point font). This can include previously published work in popular outlets. In place of an existing writing sample, applicants may also write a summary of a recent APSR article. Summaries should be a maximum of 600 words.

Questions? Contact us at publicscholar@apsanet.org