Undergraduate Paper Award
Other Opportunities
Post-graduation Opportunities


Currently accepting applications:
  • Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) 

Conference title:   "Confronting Inequality: Wealth, Rights, and Power"  Funding Competition 

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Undergraduate Paper Award

The Advisory Board for the Department of Political Science has established an annual undergraduate paper award competition. Receiving a paper award is a nice addition to your resume as you begin your job search or apply to graduate or professional schools. And the awards come with cash prizes!

There are no set guidelines on the length or type of paper considered. For example, if you are writing a 6-page policy memo or a 20-page research paper, both are eligible and will be evaluated based on the writing assignment given by the professor. A professor may nominate a paper you wrote in the spring, summer, or fall within the previous school year. The first step is to suggest your paper to the course professor, or the professor may contact you recommending that you submit for the competition.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Wenfang Tang, will contact you for a copy of the paper for the committee of faculty reviewers. The committee will select three finalists. Those finalists will be asked to work with their professor to revise the paper and prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the Advisory Board.

The three finalists will then make their presentation to the Advisory Board at the annual meeting in April. The Advisory Board will then vote for a first, second, and third place winner. The award for first place is $500, second place is $250, and third place is $100. The awards will be presented at the board meeting.

If you have any questions about the paper award competition, please contact Prof. Wenfang Tang.

View this year's winners of the undergraduate paper award.

Post-graduation Opportunities

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

  • Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with one of twenty-six participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues.  The program has awarded 128 fellowships since its inception in 1987 and is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall.  It lasts from six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington.

Paul Revsine
Program Director
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
322 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 446-1565

American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Program

The APSA minority fellowship program is for students pursuing a PhD in Political Science who are members of an underrepresented group for the 2013-2014 APSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), APSA will fund twelve fellowships. Funded APSA Fellows will receive a $4,000 fellowship disbursed in two $2,000 payments at the end of each academic year provided that the student remains in good academic standing. APSA will also send letters of support to designated graduate programs on behalf of those students who are awarded fellowships. Awards are based on students' course work, GPA, personal statement, extracurricular activities, resume, GRE scores, and recommendations from faculty.

Other Opportunities