APSA Press Release
Washington, D.C., August 30, 2016
Three-year National Science Foundation Grant to Support the RBSI Program Awarded to Dr. Paula D. McClain
Background of the RBSI Program
Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner, former APSA President, and the first African American to receive a PhD in political science, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, the RBSI encourages students to pursue academic careers in political science by enhancing writing, research, and analytical skills to increase competitiveness in the application and financial aid process for graduate school; developing statistical skills for data analysis used in political science; exposing participants to the significant questions in the discipline and profession of political science; introducing participants to leading political scientists; and educating participants about political science career opportunities and encouraging their application to doctoral programs in political science.
In 2016, the APSA launched a major new $2.5 million campaign to support the long term future of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. With $1.25 million designated by the APSA Council towards this effort, the goal is to raise an additional $1.25 million from individual, corporate, and organizational gifts by 2019. To learn more about the Bunche Fund and campaign, please contact Betsy Super at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-483-2512.