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Conference Childcare Scholarship - Assistance to help defray 60 percent (up to $300 of support) for childcare during the MPSA Annual Conference is offered to attendees who are current members of the MPSA (with an annual income below $75,000) and who are staying at the Palmer House or Hilton Chicago. Childcare must be provided on-site at the registered conference hotel, using a bonded, insured childcare provider referred by the Palmer House or the Chicago Hilton. One company that the Palmer House has referred guests to for years is American Child Care. The rates for a family are $26 per hour with a four-hour minimum; after four hours, charges are billed in 15-minute increments. There is a $75 cancellation fee if the reservation is canceled with 24 hours of the starting time. They accept reservations online and caution that reservations for childcare during the day should be made at least two weeks in advance. Information about their staff and security norms are on their website. Deadline: March 15, 2016 Click here to apply for the Conference Childcare Scholarship.

Complimentary Memberships for Scholars in Developing Countries - To encourage broad participation in the Association, the Midwest Political Science Association is offering a limited number of complimentary two-year electronic memberships to political science scholars in 139 developing countries (as defined by the World Bank for the 2015 fiscal year). This program will allow access to MPSA membership benefits including electronic access to the American Journal of Political Science, the association’s monthly electronic newsletter, eligibility for MPSA conference scholarships and other member benefits for a period of twenty-four months. Applications will be reviewed by MPSA staff and successful applicants will be notified of a decision via email within one week. Membership benefits will start at the beginning of the following month. Learn more and apply.  
Conference Registration Fee Waiver Scholarship - Fee waivers are provided to individuals on the program who are either 1) scholars studying at an institution in the developing world, or 2) not political scientists and have not attended the conference in the past. This second category includes people from other disciplines (e.g., history or economics) or people who are practitioners (e.g., judges and reporters). Fee waivers are provided on a first-come basis.  Please submit your application via one of the links below:

  • Conference Fee Waiver Application – The December 3, 2015 deadline has passed.
  • Conference Fee Waiver Application – Poster Presenter Only - The January 8, 2016 deadline has passed.

MPSA Members: Apply for a 2016 COSSA or NHA Advocacy Day Travel Grant - MPSA will provide a limited number of travel assistance grants for MPSA members to attend these event in Washington DC.  MPSA anticipates that those funded will serve as a core group involved in advocacy activities in support of social sciences as the association continues work with COSSA, NHA and other agencies. The January 25, 2016 deadline for applications has passed.  
Harrell Rodgers Graduate Student Travel Scholarship - This scholarship, initiated by the Policy Studies Organization, provides $500 in travel assistance for MPSA student members to attend the MPSA Annual Conference. The scholarship is named in honor of Harrell Rodgers, who has served MPSA for many years. The number of scholarships varies in any given year.  Recipients are selected by the Harrell Rodgers Scholarship Committee.  The December 3, 2015 deadline has passed. 

Midwest Women's Caucus Graduate Student Travel Scholarship - The MWCPS Graduate Student Travel Award is intended to fund the transportation and registration costs of women graduate students presenting papers at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. The November 15, 2015 deadline has passed.  Learn more by visiting the MWCPS website.