Diversity in Political Science Program

Event Date & Time

Thinking about a PhD in Political Science? Don’t know where to start? Unsure if you will be welcomed, represented, and supported? Join us for the 2024 Diversity in Political Science Program!

The Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will be holding a one-day information session on Political Science PhD programs on April 19, 2024. This event is open to applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin, and aims to expose the "hidden curriculum" of the graduate school process. The Diversity in Political Science event will center the experiences of prospective graduate students who are from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in Political Science, as one goal of this event is to “widen the pipeline” of the discipline by identifying new scholars who will thrive in the field and contribute to its diversity in their research, teaching, and service. This includes, but is not limited to, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color); first generation; gender and sexual minorities; or students with disabilities.

At this event, you will learn about graduate training in the discipline of Political Science, including such topics as:

  • Is a PhD in Political Science right for you?
  • The application process
  • The structure of a PhD program (course work, examinations, dissertation, etc.)
  • Funding and other forms of support
  • Matters of equity, access, and diversity that impact historically underrepresented communities in particular

You will have an opportunity to speak directly with faculty and current graduate students, ask questions, and meet other curious, prospective graduate students such as yourself.

There is no expectation or requirement that you actually apply to graduate school, here or elsewhere. This event is purely for informational purposes. The main goal of this event is for participants to be able to make a more informed decision about whether and how to apply to PhD programs in Political Science.


Please submit the following registration materials here by March 10, 2024:

  1. Statement of Interest. 1-2 sentences about what topics in political science you're interested in.
  2. Résumé or curriculum vitae. Be sure to include your year of graduation or expected graduation and any additional relevant professional experience or training (2-page maximum); please note that applicants who are currently advanced undergraduates or who received their undergraduate degree in the last three years will be prioritized in the selection process.


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