MPSA Conference Scholarships

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 to be considered for a conference registration fee waiver. 

Graduate Student Travel Scholarships

The Harrell Rodgers Travel Scholarship started with funding from the Policy Studies Organization (PSO) in 2004, and expanded by the MPSA Council in 2010, this program provides $500 in travel funding for doctoral-level graduate students who are members of the MPSA to attend the MPSA Conference. The scholarship is named for Harrell Rodgers, who has organized panels at the MPSA conference on behalf of the PSO for many years. Historically only 4% of the applications have received support. 

The John Bohte Travel Scholarship was established to fund travel for graduate students presenting research in the subfield of public policy/public administration. This program provides $500 in travel funding for graduate students. The scholarship is named in honor of John Bohte, who was an active scholar in the field of public policy/public administration and a popular teacher and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Conference Childcare Scholarship

MPSA offers Childcare Scholarships to help defray the cost of childcare for parents/ guardians that are current members of MPSA, registered, attending the conference, and who are staying at the Palmer House or Hilton Chicago. Childcare must be provided on site, using a bonded, insured childcare provider referred by the conference hotel (e.g. American Child Care Inc.). This service must be arranged by the parent or guardian. Per American Child Care, Inc., each childcare worker is required to pass a background check, reference check, and drug test. All ACC staff must be certified in infant and toddler CPR. The website recommends making childcare reservations at least two weeks in advance, childcare may not be available if you wait until later to make reservations.

Reimbursement is made after the conference, when MPSA is provided with an itemized copy of the receipt the parent/guardian receives from the childcare service and within the guideline hours. MPSA will not pay any fees incurred for the parent or guardian canceling the service. After reimbursement, the final cost to the parent/guardian will equal approximately $7 per hour, per child. Please see scholarship application for additional details.