Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for the department of political science at UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The Political Science Department fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background — people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. We commit ourselves to maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment in our learning spaces and workspaces.
We strongly encourage members of historically underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and first-generation college students to apply. Fellowships are available to assist applicants from historically underrepresented identities, 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 of the graduate program (and of the discipline as a whole), the department hosts an annual Diversity Visiting Day for undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds with the interest and ability to pursue graduate study in political science.
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. UW-Madison also offers many resources for underrepresented students through the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding and the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Current students can access the Graduate Student Department Climate Feedback Form here.