Diversity and Climate

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The University values diversity and 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 or Minority Student Recruitment Program. For details and to request the fee grant, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

To enhance the diversity 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.

The University values diversity and offers many resources for minority students through the Office of Equity and Diversity, and has many other resources available through the Diversity Inventory Program as well. The UW’s University Bias Response Team has other resources, such as a recent guide on Interrupting Bias and Hate.

We strongly believe that the presence of international students enhances our graduate program. and it is important to us to attract students from many lands. We have graduate students from around the world, including countries such as Japan, Israel, Russia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, South Korea, China, India in our program. However, international students must realize that the demanding workload in the doctoral program means that it is imperative to be fluent in English before arriving.

We are proud of the mentorship we provide to our students. Students are provided with a first year faculty advisor, given written feedback at the end of the first year, included in departmental workshops and research groups, and meet with their advisors no less often than once a semester (and often more, depending on their stage in the program). We believe that high standards and careful mentoring contribute to student success.