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80th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference
Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16, 2023
In-Person at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL

All Panels, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups will Feature a Hybrid Format (for In-Person or Virtual Participation). Poster Sessions will be In-Person Only.

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Graduate Student Travel Scholarships

The deadline for applications for Graduate Student Travel Scholarships for the 2023 MPSA Annual Conference has passed. After the awards committee verifies 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. Applicants will be notified if they have received a graduate student travel scholarship in February.

The MPSA provides 11 different $500 travel scholarships (four Harrell Rodgers Travel Scholarships, one John Bohte Travel Scholarship, one Luis R. Fraga Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, one Pi Sigma Alpha Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, two MPSA Status Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Scholarships, and two MPSA Status Committee on Gender and Sexual Minorities 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 scholarship in-person at the conference. Funds are NOT dispersed prior to the conference. Please do not delay registering for the conference until you hear the status of your scholarship application. You do not want to delay registering as you may miss out on the best conference pricing.

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 Luis R. Fraga Graduate Student Travel Scholarship seeks to support PhD students from underserved populations to attend the MPSA annual conference.

The Pi Sigma Alpha Graduate Student Travel Scholarship was established in 2022. Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, this $500 scholarship provides travel funding for doctoral-level graduate students who are members of the MPSA to attend the MPSA Conference. Pi Sigma Alpha, also known as the National Political Science Honor Society, brings students together to foster critical thinking and an exchange of ideas on issues of government, public affairs, international studies, political philosophy, public policy, and activism. Learn more about the honor society and its mission, vision and purpose, as well as how to join here.

The MPSA Status Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Travel 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 Travel 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 Childcare Scholarships

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