Endowment Fund

The RBSI is jointly sponsored by Duke University and the American Political Science Association. Prior to 2013, the RBSI had also received support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was designated as an REU (research experience for undergraduates) site. Due to NSF funding restrictions imposed by the Coburn Amendment, the 2013 RBSI had to be canceled.

In July of 2013 the APSA council approved the creation of the Ralph Bunche Endowment fund in the spirit of Dr. Bunche, former president of APSA and Nobel Prize winner.  The fund will ensure the long-term existence of Ralph Bunche Summer Institute and additional programming whose goal it is to introduce students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to political science careers and graduate study and to encourage application to Ph.D. programs. Join APSA in supporting the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute!

APSA’s first priority for the endowment is to fully fund the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) for the longterm future. Additionally, the endowment fund will support any new or alternative programming consistent with the underlying goal of the RBSI program of “introducing students from under-represented racial/ethnic groups to political science careers and graduate study, and to encourage application to Ph.D. programs in political science.”

APSA is reaching out to members and friends like you to help build the Ralph Bunche Programs Endowment, we are also seeking endowment funding from foundations and government agency prospects. Regular funding updates will be posted on this page. Please send any questions to Kimberly A. Mealy, PhD at kmealy@apsanet.org.

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