The University values diversity and the Department of Political Science is committed to maintaining and increasing the social diversity of its graduate students and faculty. We are pleased that women currently make up roughly half of each entering class, and we strongly encourage women to apply. We also invite applications from members of historically disadvantaged and underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. 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 applicants from minority and targeted demographic groups. For admitted students, the Department offers Advanced Opportunity Fellowships (AOF) and other sources supporting ethnic and racial diversity. UW also 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.While expenses at UW-Madison will vary among students, international students must also demonstrate they have the financial resources to support their studies at the University. The International Student Services office provides a budget that will help you plan.
The Department provides excellent mentoring to all of its graduate students. Every student is provided with funding, guaranteed a faculty advisor, given written feedback at the end of the first year, and included in departmental workshops and research groups. We believe that high standards and careful mentoring contribute to student success.