Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Why Wisconsin? | How to Apply | Intellectual Life | Living in Madison | FAQs | Dual Program | Funding| Mentorship | Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion


The Department of Political Science is committed to maintaining and increasing the diversity of its graduate students and faculty. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and first-generation college students to apply. Fellowships are available to assist minority applicants, as well as those from any background that might have made educational achievement more difficult. The Graduate School offers admissions fee grants for low-income students and those who participate in selected pipeline programs designed to prepare students for graduate studies (e.g., McNair Scholars and SROP participants). As part of its commitment to the diversity of the graduate program, the Political Science department also provides admission fee grants for participants in APSA’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute and Minority Student Recruitment Program. For details and to request the fee grant, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

To enhance the diversity and inclusiveness of its graduate program (and of the discipline as a whole), the department hosts an annual Diversity Recruitment Conference for undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds with the interest and ability to pursue graduate study in political science. See here for details.

We strive to create a climate where every student can feel supported and thrive regardless of their background. There are a number of initiatives on campus that help foster this environment at UW, including the Multicultural Graduate Network and First Generation Student Success. These programs are part of the way we show that we value diversity. For other resources see the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Diversity Inventory Program as well.