Save the Date for the 80th Annual Midwest Political Science Conference
Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16, 2023
In-Person at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL
with an Option to Present Virtually

Learn more about the 80th Annual MPSA Conference.

Graduate Student Travel Scholarships

Applications for Graduate Student Travel Scholarships for the 2023 MPSA Annual Conference will be available soon. Please check back later for more information.

The MPSA provides 9 different $500 travel scholarships for graduate students in a doctoral program who are members, presenting at the annual conference, and have not been previous recipients of the scholarship. Graduate Student Travel Scholarships are applicable to in-person conference participation only. Recipients will receive their travel fund award at the registration desk at conference.

After the awards committee verifies candidate eligibility, they will select a round of finalists. If you are selected as a finalist, the Awards Committee will contact the advisor you listed on your travel scholarship application for a letter of recommendation.

The Harrell Rodgers Travel Scholarship 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.

The MPSA Status Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Scholarship awards travel funding to a select group of qualifying members of the MPSA to attend and present at the MPSA Annual Conference.

The MPSA Status Committee on Gender and Sexual Minorities Scholarship awards travel funding to a select group of qualifying members of the MPSA to attend and present the MPSA Annual Conference.

Please note: if you are awarded a Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, you are not eligible to receive a Conference Fee Waiver, and vice versa.

Additional Conference Fee Waivers and Awards

The MPSA offers additional financial assistance opportunities through Conference Registration Fee Waivers and Conference Childcare Awards.