The public scholarship program is a remote fellowship that introduces political science graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of presenting academic scholarship to the public.
During the fellowship period, fellows focus on producing public-facing summaries of political science research. This involves communicating with journal editors and authors under the supervision of APSA staff. Fellows also produce previews and recaps of Annual Meeting events. This work is shared via APSA’s newly redesigned blog, politicalsciencenow.com, as well as on APSA social media accounts.
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.
Our Fellows' Work
In the 2019 fellowship period, fellows wrote public-facing summaries of new APSR articles. You can read all of our fellows’ posts here.
Timing: Fellows participate in a 6-12-month fellowship beginning with a two-day public scholarship workshop at APSA headquarters in Washington, DC
Support: Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend to support their work, as well as complementary travel, food, and lodging for the orientation workshop and APSA Annual Meeting, and access to the ACES Certificate in Editing Course.
Training: In advance of the workshop, fellows will complete the American Copy Editors Society Certificate in Editing Course (online).
The Public Scholarship workshop features training by APSA staff, opportunities to workshop public scholarship, and presentations from experts in political science and public scholarship.
We welcome doctoral students in political science who have completed their first year of graduate work by September 2018 (e.g. second year students and beyond). Among the criteria for selection are applicant’s interests and investment in public scholarship, as well as ability to write for a general audience. Anyone with interest in public scholarship is encouraged to apply, whether or not that interest is explicit in their existing work.