MPSA Conference Scholarships

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 $35 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. (rates are subject to change) Information about their staff and security norms are on their website. 

  • Childcare Scholarship Application -  The March 8, 2018 deadline has passed.

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 8, 2017 deadline has passed.
  • Conference Fee Waiver Application (POSTER ONLY) – The January 5, 2018 deadline has passed.

Harrell Rodgers Graduate Student Travel Scholarship 

This scholarship, established 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 4, 2017 scholarship application deadline has passed.